Guide to Attractions
Here is your state by state guide, compiled by Tricia Heed, to some of the best places to explore when you come to the 2016 USCA Nationals in Northfield, MA. This list just scratches the surface highlighting attractions both near and far, requiring as little as an hour’s time to places you may want to put aside a few days to visit.

I hope you find this taste of New England travel helpful in planning a memorable family trip as you prepare to head east for the USCA National Championships in the summer of 2016. These are just a few of the fun places to explore while you are in this historic and beautiful part of the country. We look forward to seeing you!

(Distances and times are calculated from Northfield, MA)


Turners Falls (8.9 mi, 15 min)
The Great Falls Discovery Center is located here showing the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed.

Deerfield (18 mi, 25 min)
Old Deerfield Village is the site of the famous 1704 attack by a force of French and Native Americans. Many captives were taken north on the frozen Connecticut River.

Springfield (51 mi, 50 min)
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Theodore Geisel, (Dr. Seuss), was born in Springfield, MA and graduated from Dartmouth College in NH. You can visit the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden and the new Dr. Seuss Museum (which is opening in 2016).

For basketball fans, you won’t want to miss the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Boston (93 mi, 1:45)
There are too many historic sites to list here. If you are an American Revolution history buff, you can't miss a visit to Boston. You can follow the Freedom Trail around town and venture out to Concord and Lexington - home of the American Revolution. Also, think about visiting the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Battlefield.

You may want to attend a Red Sox game at famous Fenway Park or take a Fenway Park tour.

Plymouth (128 mi, 2:20)
This is the home of Plymouth Rock and the Plymouth Plantation living history museum.

Salem (101 mi, 1:55)
The Salem witch trials were held here in 1692!

Cape Cod (156 mi, 2:45)
The “Cape” is a famous vacation spot for beaches and quaint coastal towns. You can venture from here to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket by ferry.

Sturbridge (80 mi, 1:20)
This is the home of Old Sturbridge Village which is the largest living history museum in the east. It depicts life from 1790 into the early 1800’s.

Lenox (86 mi, 1:25)
The Boston Pops Orchestra makes its summer home here at Tanglewood. This is also in the heart of the beautiful Berkshire Mountain region of western MA.

Gloucester (114 mi, 2:00)
Home of the famous fishing village from Captains Courageous and the Perfect Storm.

New Hampshire

Jaffrey (31 mi, 45 min)
This is the home of Mt. Monadnock, one of the most climbed mountains in the world! It stands alone at 3,165 feet with clear day views extending as far as Boston. There are trails from 2-4 miles long and can easily be summited in an afternoon.

North Woodstock (137 mi, 2:20)
The White Mountain Visitors Center is located here. You may want to spend a couple of days or more exploring the White Mountains. There are 48 peaks over 4,000 feet for hiking enthusiasts and beautiful rivers and lakes to paddle.

Mount Washington (174 mi, 2:55)
You can hike, take the Cog Railroad, or drive to the summit of Mt. Washington. At 6289 feet, it is the tallest mountain in the northeast!

Portsmouth (119 mi, 2:00)
This is a port city with quaint shops and great seafood restaurants. It is also the home of the Strawbery Banke historic village. Visit the home of John Paul Jones. You may enjoy a ferry ride out to the Isle of Shoals for a fun day of exploration.

Lakes Region (120 mi, 2:40)
Take a cruise on the Mt. Washington tour boat to experience beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
You can stop in to visit Wolfeboro which is America’s first vacation town. Then go visit Squam Lake where the movie On Golden Pond was filmed and explore the Squam Lake Science Center.

New York

New York City (192 mi, 3:30)
How many days do you have?  Everyone should visit NYC sometime in their life.

Cooperstown (195 mi, 3:15)
The home of James Fenimore Cooper also made famous by the General Clinton Canoe Race and the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Wilmington (46 mi, 40 min)

There are numerous quintessential towns to explore throughout the Green Mountains region of Vermont. Unique shopping experiences highlighting local artists, antiques, and outlet stores.

Stowe (154 mi, 2:20)
This is the home of Ben and Jerry's where you can tour their famous factory.  If you are a Sound of Music fan, you would certainly enjoy a visit, or a night’s stay, at the Trapp Family Lodge, where Maria Von Trapp and her family settled when they came to America.

Burlington (170 mi, 2:35)
Located on Lake Champlain and the home of the University of Vermont. Ferry boat service is available to New York’s beautiful Adirondack Mountains region.


Portland (169 mi, 2:40)
The Old Port is a district of Portland known for its cobblestone streets, 19th century brick buildings and fishing piers. The district is filled with boutiques and restaurants.

Bar Harbor (342 mi, 5:30)
Bar Harbor is Mount Desert Island's largest community and the home to 1,532 foot Cadillac Mountain—part of neighboring Acadia National Park. This is a great place to experience “Downeast” Maine. There are numerous scenic bike routes and coastal paths. Many people climb or drive up Cadillac Mt. to be the first in the country to view the sunrise. Don’t forget to eat lobster!

York Beach (130 mi, 2:20)
One of the many beautiful Maine beaches between Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME.

Freeport (184 mi, 3:15)
Everyone knows L.L. Bean. Freeport is their original home and now also famous as an outlet store village.

Rhode Island

Providence (106 mi, 1:55)
Providence is one of the first cities in the country. The East Side neighborhood includes the largest contiguous area of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the U.S. with many pre-revolutionary house.

Newport (139 mi, 2:25)
Here you will find spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, and a thriving waterfront downtown. Newport is the home of the famed Gilded Age mansions.