Travel Planning
U.S. Northeast
Travel Planning
U.S. Northeast

U.S. Northeast at a Glance

Spring, summer, winter and fall – all seasons provide great reasons for visiting the 12 states making up the Northeast. Consider the following as you begin your vacation planning:

Plan your visit to Washington, D.C. in the spring to see the blossoming cherry trees and explore all the museums on the National Mall. Or consider a short hike along the Appalachian Trail to witness the arrival of spring at different altitudes.

City dwellers flock to the wilderness of Maine, New Hampshire and even Upstate New York for camping, canoeing, swimming and more hiking during the hot summer months. And if watching baseball is a hobby, catch the games hosted by the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox or Baltimore Orioles.

Those who love to play in the snow will love ice skating at Rockefeller Center or downhill skiing on at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. Or plan a holiday visit to New York City for some shopping and to cheer on the new year with the ball drop in Times Square.

Be sure your fall travel planning includes driving the back country roads to witness the vibrant autumn foliage. This region is also known for cranberry growing, with festivals happening in many communities celebrating the harvest.

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States
  • Connecticut Connecticut
  • Maine Maine
  • Massachusetts Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island Rhode Island
  • Vermont Vermont
  • Delaware Delaware
  • Maryland Maryland
  • New Jersey New Jersey
  • New York New York
  • Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Popular Places
  • New York City New York City
  • Philadelphia Philadelphia
  • Boston Boston
  • Washington D.C. Washington D.C.
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Major Airport Philadelphia International Airport
  • Major Airport Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Major Airport Boston-Logan International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather The most threatening severe weather in the Northeast region comes in two forms: hurricanes and snowstorms. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, and brings with it the potential for damaging storms. During the winter and early spring, the famed "Nor'easter" storms can dump enormous snowfalls on the region, causing havoc on roadways and at airports.

Safety Concerns Crime rates vary, but violent crime, generally speaking, is an exception rather than a normal occurrence. Taking normal safety precautions is wise, e.g. avoiding dimly lit streets and areas not frequented by travelers, wearing inconspicuous or no jewelry and carrying small amounts of cash.

Health Concerns Drinking water is safe throughout the United States. Health concerns are more likely to come into play during hiking, trekking or other outdoor exploration, during which insect-borne diseases (lyme disease, West Nile virus, etc.) and wildlife encounters can be an issue.

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