New England isn't shy with its seasons. When it's winter, it's full-on frigid, and when it's summer, the Northeastern states are a sticky, steamy kind of hot. Luckily, no matter how high the humidity levels and temperatures may rise, when you're in New England you're never far away from a beautiful beach, crashing waterfall, or lazy stream to cool off in. Here are some of our favorite spots to beat the heat in the six northeastern states:
Wonderland Trail: Maine's pebbly coastline is the perfect place to meet the cool Atlantic waters. The aptly-named Wonderland Trail, located within Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island's less-crowded western side is a 1.4-mile out-and-back trail through pitch pine forests and wildflower groves. The short hike leads to a quiet, secluded beach where you can wade in the waves, comb the shore, and even take a dip if you're willing to brave the chilly waters.
Sebago Lake: Spend an entire day paddling the pristine waters of this glacial lake near Portland, Maine. With several swimming areas, campgrounds, and plenty of opportunities for fishing, this is the perfect spot to ride out the next heat wave on your kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard.
True's Ledges: On a steamy day, find respite in the flowing, cool waters at this swimming hole near Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. Follow a short trail to a beautiful waterfall where you can relax in an eddy or do some rock-jumping. This spot is great for a quick dip, but you could spend the whole day enjoying the cool waters.
20 Foot Hole: The emerald green waters at this swimming hole are as gorgeous as they are refreshing. A short hike from the roadside parking area leads to a deep gorge, where you're likely to find locals and tourists alike bobbing in the water. Enjoy this area or rock-hop further down stream for a more secluded swim.
Burton Island State Park: Savor the summer warmth with a weekend of camping on this dreamy island on Lake Champlain. The car-free island offers a peaceful getaway for the whole family, dogs included! With miles of trails weaving through the island, several campsites, sandy beaches, and a fabulous island bistro, this is the ultimate summer getaway where cool, refreshing water is never more than a stones throw away.
Race Point Beach: Crashing Atlantic waves meet the silky soft sand at this Provincetown beach. Usually crowded with beach goers and home to a historic life-saving station and lighthouse, Race Point offers the quintessential Cape Cod experience. Located on the tip of the Cape, you can reach Provincetown via a long and enjoyable car ride or hop on the ferry from Boston.
Front Beach: Located on the northern coast of Massachusetts in the quiet town of Rockport, Front Beach offers a different flavor than the Cape Cod seashore. Spend the hottest part of the day cooling off at the small beach, then head into town to explore the shops and restaurants of this welcoming and quaint New England town.
Rome Point in Bissel Cove: Escape the crowded shores of Newport and Jamestown at this secluded waterfront spot. A short trail through the woods will lead you to a peaceful cove with shallow waters that are perfect for young kids, clam diggers, or those just looking to soak their feet.
Burying Hill Beach: A mere two hours from the Big Apple by train or car, this quiet beach is a great place to escape the steamy concrete jungle for an afternoon. Set on the Long Island Sound, you can wade in the calm, brackish waters while watching a lazy summer sunset.
Orange Vista Trail: Located within Devils Hopyard State Park in southeastern Connecticut, this popular 2-mile loop follows the flowing waters of Eightmile River, offering many chances for hikers to cool off. At the end of your hike, be sure to sit at the base of Chapman falls and feel the cool mist from this 60-foot waterfall.