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Not Just New York and Boston in the Northeast!

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If you’re looking for somewhere to go in America’s Northeast and think you’ve done it all, think again. Of course, you’re going to see a couple of mentions of those two big cities but you know they’re too big to ignore. Regardless, this guide is going to show you that it’s not just New York and Boston in the Northeast.

Not Just New York and Boston in the Northeast!

Photo by Jessie Lewis via This post is a part of our series on USA travel. It was originally created on February 15, 2016. It has been maintained and updated (as of December 14, 2018) to reflect current viewpoints and travel trends.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Visit Pittsburgh and realize that it’s okay to check out the Pirates, Steelers, or Penguins. Now, there are other reasons to go and that includes a hugely diverse food scene, with eclectic offerings throughout the city. Spend time with the Phipps Conservatory’s wonderful botanical displays or the Warhol Museum to name a couple of other options. Don’t leave without going up to Mount Washington for beautiful panoramas of the city and surrounding areas.

Jersey City, New Jersey

Tucked right between Manhattan and Newark, head to Jersey City and you’ll be close to many iconic American attractions. Spend time at Ellis Island and learn about the place where so many American citizens came through immigration for years. It’s impossible to visit this area without venturing to the Statue of Liberty and also the Liberty Science Center for a fun and interactive museum experience.  Thrill-seekers will love Pole Position Raceway for go-kart races covering all ages.

Elmhurst, New York

Whether you’re just passing through La Guardia Airport or planning a visit to New York, be sure to pop over to Elmhurst in Queens. You can walk around the thriving Chinatown that’s growing and full of fun to explore when you’re in the area. You can easily pop over to nearby Flushing for Mets Games at Citi Field and the U.S. Open tennis tournament that’s always full of late summer drama.

Rochester, New York

Move towards Lake Ontario and stop over in Rochester for a true look into Upstate New York. You can visit one of the many wineries found in Finger Lakes Wine Country and even if you’re not an avid photographer, spend some time at the George Eastman Museum. Highland Botanical Park and Lamberton Conservatory are great options for a quiet yet scenic day. Families will certainly enjoy Seabreeze Amusement Park as a great one-stop fun destination for all ages.

Braintree, Massachusetts

Not too far from Boston, Braintree has interesting attractions all around. F1 Boston mixes go-karts with billiards and more while Pond Meadow Park offers a quieter side of the area. Stop by Adams National Historic Park in nearby Quincy and learn about the truly famous households of two former presidents. Take your dog along for the trip and spend a day at Stodder’s Neck in Hingham, where your best friend can run around freely and even have a dip in the water.

Our Thoughts and Yours, Too

I bet you didn’t expect to see some of these places listed and that’s what happens when lesser-known destinations get uncovered. Are you ready to start checking out some of these places now? Enjoy your trip and relay the message that it’s not just New York and Boston in the Northeast!

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