Seven Wonders of New England
Spending the summer in the Northeast provides scores of unforgettable places to see: from surfing the sandy Atlantic Coast to hiking the cool woods of the Berkshires. The Travel Channel has created an itinerary of must-see locations -- the 7 Wonders of New England -- guaranteed to get travelers off the well-worn path and into the soul of the Northeast.
Echo Lake Beach gives visitors a chance to see peregrine falcons, but keep an eye out for black bear and moose throughout the park. Get near the water on Acadia's only ocean-sand beach, appropriately called Sand Beach, but don't miss the well-known Thunder Hole for a perfect example of the power of the ocean roaring through a breach in the rocky coast. The free Island Explorer bus system stops at a number of spots throughout Acadia's Park Loop Road -- just watch for bus stop signs or flag the bus down if you need a lift. Acadia National Park is 1 hour from Bangor, ME.
Acadia National Park, ME
Take a quick trip to Plum Island -- connected to the city by a winding road that passes the tiny Plum Island Airport -- and try your hand at the renowned surfcasting in the shadow of the Plum Island Point lighthouse. Striped bass run throughout the warmer months, while hearty bluefish will test anglers in the later part of the summer.
At a speed of roughly3 miles-per-hour on the ascent, passengers have plenty of time to ponder the nearly 40-degree angle that the train achieves during its climb and the breathtaking view of New Hampshire's White Mountains range. The journey up through the lush forests and above the treeline to the top takes a little more than an hour, while the return trip is made in about 40 minutes. The round-trip expedition can test the mettle of those afraid of heights, but the view from the top of Mount Washington is unparalleled.
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