Exploring Coastal New England

Discover historic coastal America by visiting harbors in Maine, dining out in Connecticut, walking New Hampshire's shore, sailing in Rhode Island, and exploring the insider’s Nantucket.

Walking New Hampshire

Follow in the footsteps of writer Peter Mandel as he chronicles the shortest shoreline of any state—taking in the beauty of iconic New England towns and scenery.

Pathway at Little Boar's Head
Photographer Kindra Clineff

Seeing It All

If you live in New England, like I do, you are never without a towel and tube of sunscreen in the trunk of your car. Call us optimists—we’re ready for a beach day year-round.

But I am an active beach guy. An explorer, not a lounger. And when I set off on a stroll I’m often pulled up short. Stretches of sand end much too quickly. I find myself in rocky shallows where my flip-flops get stuck, and I end up wondering about mystery coves deep in the distance.

So I started dreaming. What if I packed up my knapsack and hiked an entire chunk of America’s shore? People walk the Appalachian Trail. I could do this! Poring over my maps, I pick New Hampshire. (It has the shortest coastline in the country.) I won’t see just a piece of where land meets water; I’ll see it all.

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