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42 O MAINE The Pine Tree State


Maine Office of Tourism • 001 207 624 7483 • visitmaine.com • Population: 1,321,505 • State Capital: Augusta • Largest City: Portland • Local Time: EST – 5 hours behind the UK • Weather: Four seasons offer a healthy, invigorating environment. Av. summer temp. is 70°F (21°C). Av winter temp. is 20°F (7°C). • National/State Parks: 50 • Int'l Gateway: Boston


AS large as all other New England states combined, Maine boasts 542,000 acres of state and national parks


including the renowned


Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi and celebrating its 2016.


Maine’s dramatic


centenary in rocky


shorelines, majestic mountains and long sandy beaches combine with picturesque towns, notable cuisine and vast array of cultural attractions to appeal to visitors seeking a unique and authentic vacation experience. The only U.S. state park to offer miles of vehicle-free carriage trails, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its outstanding scenery, natural wonders and outdoor activities, including famed Cadillac Mountain, where visitors to the 1,532-foot summit are the first to watch the sun rise daily in the U.S.


Other iconic offerings include lighthouse touring A Maine lighthouse at sunset MARYLAND The Free State


Maryland Offfice of Tourism • 020 8339 6048/001 877 333 4455 • VisitMaryland.org/ CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk • Population: 5,633,597 • State Capital: Annapolis • Largest City: Baltimore • Local Time: EST - 5 hrs behind UK • Weather: Generally fairly moderate • Nat./ State Parks: 67 • Int'l G'ways: BWI (Baltimore/Washington Int'l) and IAD (Dulles Int'l)


BORDERED by the Atlantic Ocean and divided by the Chesapeake Bay and the white waters of the Potomac River in the western mountains, Maryland offers a vast


array of


possibilities for water lovers. Ocean City, on the state’s Eastern Shore, is a popular beach holiday destination, while Assateague National Seashore is


treasured


(more than 60 along Maine’s coast), beach-going, hiking, fishing and all manner of boating


State secret Maine has the fourth highest number of


breweries per


capita in the U.S. By late-2015, there will be 60 craft beer breweries found along the Maine Beer Trail.


Don't Miss More than 3,000 art works by Bernard Langlais in 50


locations statewide. Langlais Art Trail is rural and coastal Maine.


visitmaine.com MASSACHUSETTS The Bay State


Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism • 020 8464 8483 • massholiday.co.uk • Population: 6.5 million • State Capital: Boston • Largest City: Boston • Local Time: EST – 5 hours behind UK • Weather: Similar to the UK, but seasons more defined • National/State Parks: www. nps.gov/state/ma/ and www.mass.gov/dcr/ • International Gateway: Boston


ONE of the oldest original British Colonies of the USA, Massachusetts is the geographic heart of New England. Although most known for its Colonial and Revolutionary history,


its entrepreneurial spirit


continues to shape it in to a modern and cosmopolitan destination. Boston offers an overabundance of


activities, from culture and history to shopping at designer boutiques and designer outlets. The Charles River offers water sports and a view of Cambridge, home to the renowned universities


of Harvard and MIT


and the eclectic Harvard Square. Boston’s Harbor boasts a new urban greenway and a spectacular Harbor Walk from the North End to the hip new south Boston waterfront. South of the city are the pristine beaches of Cape Cod and islands of Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard. To the north quaint fishing villages and


Boston's skyline


State secret The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is a great


resource for planning your trip. Be an insider, follow the MassFinds blog for unique things to do.


Don't Miss The Boston Harbor Islands where you can ride the boat


from Aquarium Wharf and swim at Spectacle


Island, massholiday.co.uk visitusa.org.uk enjoy camping, kayaking, and hiking. Sleeping Bear Dunes


charming B&Bs. To the west the rolling hills and woodlands of the Berkshires, historic villages and spas.


The new inspired by


Visit for its Garrett rugged,


undeveloped landscape and its wild ponies.


County,


Maryland’s Lake District, for water sports and relaxation, or experience the intense beauty, indigenous wildlife and unique culture of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s


best-


known natural feature. Discover the area by sailboat or


powerboat as you cruise along the bay and its tributaries, or stick to a landlubber’s perspective and enjoy a drive along the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway. Or try another of the


Assateague National Seashore's wild ponies


state’s 18 Scenic Byways, which offer


routes to parks, wildlife


refuges, maritime museums, historic sites and water trails.


State secret No visit to Maryland is complete without tasting the


regional Blue Crab. Crab cakes can be found on most menus and each chef uses his own twist on the recipe but locals favour Old Bay seasoning.


Don't Miss Artscape, America’s largest free public arts festival held


annually in Baltimore each July. visitmaryland.org MICHIGAN The Great Lakes State


Pure Michigan • 001 888 784 7328 • michigan.org • Population: 9,895,622 • State Capital: Lansing • Largest City: Detroit • Local Time: EST – 5 hours behind UK • Weather: Four distinct seasons from an av low of 6 F (-14 C) in Jan to an av of 83 F (28 C) in July • National Parks/Lakeshores: Isle Royale, Sleeping Bear, Pictured Rocks • Int'l G'way: Detroit


THE State of Michigan is blessed with the riches of unspoiled nature: the world's


longest freshwater


coastline, lakes that feel like oceans, shimmering beaches, miles and miles of cherry orchards, glorious sunrises and sunsets, daytime skies of the deepest blue and night-time skies scattered with stars. It's home to more than 100 public


beaches, some of the highest freshwater sand dunes in the world, stunning multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, two National Lakeshores and the only national marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes. More than 100 lighthouses, maritime museums, 10 shipwreck-diving preserves and historic military fortifications rim Michigan's shoreline. Lakes, campgrounds, wildlife


reserves and 99 Michigan state parks and recreation areas create a wide variety of recreational pursuits.


Rivers for water sports and


thousands of miles of hiking, biking, cross-country


skiing and


snowmobiling trails thread their way among some 100 species of trees.


State secret With over 800 public golf courses in Michigan, there is


somewhere for all handicaps.


Don't Miss Michigan is the cherry capital of the world. Witness the dawn of spring each May‚ as some 2.6 million blooming cherry trees transform Traverse City.


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