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The Northeast: Small in Appearance but Rich in Culture

Boston - North End

When you see what the Northeastern United States looks like on a map, it may seem like any other small section of a large country. However, this area is packed full of the largest cities in the nation, including the capital Washington D.C. With so much going on in this small area, it is an ideal place to visit when traveling around the United States since you can get around easily and there is plenty to see. Here are a few highlights of the Northeast for you to check out during your next visit!

New York City

New York City

New York City – Photo by Aurelien Guichard via Flickr.com

Home to more people than any other city in the United States, New York City has been called both the cultural and financial capital of the world. If you’re looking for great entertainment, bars, restaurants, fashion, or events, you’ll have a wide selection to choose from in the Big Apple. While the city is a highly popular destination, you’ll also find many hidden treasures in New York City like cool galleries, underground tunnels, and unique activities.


Boston - North End

Boston’s North End

You’ll find the perfect combination of history, architecture, culture, and food when you visit Boston. The city was founded back in 1630, making it one of the oldest in the United States. It is known as the birthplace of the American Revolution, which you can learn more about by walking the Freedom Trail. It is split up into the main Walk Into History Tour and then is continued in a second portion that tours the North End. Boston is certainly a city where you’ll want to spend some time exploring, and maybe even venture out to some of the interesting surrounding cities.

Washington D.C.

Washington DC

Washington DC – Photo by John Haslam via Flickr.com

If you really want to go back to the roots of the United States, there is no better place than the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. In addition to being home to all three branches of the federal government of the United States, it is also home to many popular museums, national monuments, and much more. As a national center for the arts, Washington D.C. has a multitude of historical attractions and rich cultural hot spots.



Philadelphia – Photo by Lee Cannon via Flickr.com

Known for more than just the Philly cheesesteaks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the city where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, making it an iconic destination packed with American history. You can find both the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, and the city even served as one of the capitals of the United States capital during the Revolutionary War. You will see more sculptures and murals in Philadelphia than any other city in the United States and you can also browse through the 67 National Historic Landmarks that can be found throughout the city.

The Northeast played a major role in the American Revolution that led to the foundation of the United States of America. The important history of this area combined with beaches, sporting games, outdoor activities, and both busy cities and quiet rural towns are a few of many reasons that the Northeast is an ideal destination. The mix of old and new across the region makes it a unique area to visit to experience interesting blends of culture where the past weaves its way into the present.

Have you visited the Northeastern United States? What is your favorite part?


  • Katie
    August 20, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    The American Northeast is packed with so many grade A sights … I need to explore all these cities more thoroughly!


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