About Eastern USA
Eastern USA has some of the most iconic cities in the world, as well as areas of unrivalled natural beauty. Boston, the capital of the state of Massachusetts and the gateway to New England, is one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the USA. Washington D.C., the capital of the USA and the seat of its three branches of Government, boasts a collection of free public museums unparalleled in size and scope, as well as many of the USA's most treasured monuments and memorials. Chicago, home of the blues and jazz, is the gateway to the Great Lakes region. The city has world-class museums of art and science,miles of sandy beaches, huge parks and public art galleries. And let's not forget Philadelphia with the Liberty Bell, or the Carolinas with a diversity most destinations envy. With the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls, Eastern USA is the perfect place for either a destination holiday or a fly drive.
In fall (autumn), New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colours. The air is crisp and cool - perfect for hiking, biking or a classic fly-drive break along back roads,where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins. When is the best time to come? The leaves typically start turning colour in the northern states of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire around mid-to-late September, peaking around mid-October. In the more southern states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, and along the coast of New Hampshire and southern Maine, the colour starts later and often lasts until the end of October.
Our Expert’s View
A visit to the capitol would not be complete without a visit to the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. It's entirely free to visit any of their 19 museums and you should start any trip at the Smithsonian Information Centre to work out where to begin, but my favourites is the Air & Space Museum.