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Introduction with Resources

Southern New England

NEW ENGLAND: MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT, RHODE ISLAND

Southern New England doesn't cover a lot of acreage, but it houses quite a bit of the history of the United States of America. The amount of thought, discussion and effort that went into the formation of this nation is often forgotten or taken for granted by today's residents. It was actually a relatively small number of extremely dedicated people that forced the United States into existence. Many reminder landmarks can be visited today. Of course this is only three states of the original 13 colonies. Each area contributed views, effort and lives.

Southern New England is comprised of Massachusetts above, with Rhode Island below east, and Connecticut below west. This is fine hills, good woodlands, good farmlands and good fishing coast with pretty easy travel between. While the coastal areas are developed, there are large tracts of lovely country in western Massachusetts and Connecticut, with the Berkshires dominating western Massachusetts.

A great family driving jaunt might be up (or down) the coast of these three states. A leisurely two days with a couple stops at inns or campgrounds introduces you to the region. You'll certainly recognize the names Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket along the way. Once the haunts of fisher-folk, now the moneyed elite makes these islands, bays and beach heads their homes.

The major city center is Boston, often compared to its younger sybling San Francisco. Cosmopolitan, diverse and with something for everyone, even basketball fans.

New England is home to many fine colleges and universities and if the family wants to go en masse to check out the campuses, plan on turning it into a vacation and get to know these three states.

Here are some addresses and phone numbers to help you make your choices:

VISITORS BUREAUS

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

505 Hudson Street

Hartford, CT 06106-7107

860-270-8000

MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF TRAVEL & TOURISM

10 Park Plaza, Suite 4510

Boston, MA 02116 U.S.A.

617-973-8500

800-227-MASS

RHODE ISLAND TOURISM DIVISION

One West Exchange Street

Providence, RI 02903

401- 222-2601

800-556-2484

FISHING & HUNTING BUREAUS:

DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

251 Causeway Street, Suite 600

Boston, Massachusetts 02114

617-626-1250

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

83 Park Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02903

401-277-3075

PARKS & FORESTRY BUREAUS:

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

165 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, Connecticut 06106

860-424-3000

BUREAU OF RECREATION

251 Causeway Street, Suite 600

Boston, Massachusetts 02114

617-626-1250

FOREST DIVISION HEADQUARTERS

1037 Hartford Pike

North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857

401-647-3367

800-280-CAMP

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