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Aug 12, 2017 2:08 PM

The 6 Best New England cities for a last minute summer vacation

The summer may be winding down, but it's not too late to pack up the family and take a road trip for one final vacation before the leaves begin to change.

TripAdvisor compiled some of the best vacation spots with that small town U.S.A. charm that, in their words, captures "the essence of summer."

So take a look at the list below, pick a destination and have yourself a last minute vacation!

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The only New Hampshire city to make the list, Portsmouth has a little bit of something for everyone.

For those who enjoy scenic views, Portsmouth's Prescott Park offers views of the Piscataqua River, along with performances in the park. For the shopper in the family there are rows of boutiques that cater to a variety of customers, and if you're hungry, then you've come to the right place.

There are dozens of restaurants, some with outdoor seating on the water, that serve all sorts of dishes for you to choose from, including everything from fresh seafood to traditional American fare.

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Just north of Boston, the coastal city of Newburyport is known for being a hot summer destination in the area, and rightly so.

From the beautiful sandy beaches to the art galleries, oyster shacks and mom-and-pop shops, Newburyport is another city that embodies the spirit of summer in New England.

While you're there, take a walk on the scenic Clipper City Rail Trail!

Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Located 100 miles from Boston and New York City, Old Saybrook is known for being a summer retreat for celebrities like Katherine Hepburn, according to TripAdvisor.

This waterfront town is abundant with cottage rentals, so you should have no problem finding a place to stay.

While you're visiting, you can learn about the town's history on a self-guided walking tour or just soak up the sun at Harvey's Beach.

Newport, Rhode Island

If you're looking to rent a cottage or a house for a family getaway, Newport may be the destination you're looking for.

Newport, like Portsmouth, features a little bit of everything from scenic beaches and trails, like the Newport Cliff Walk, to boutiques and museums.

Of course, there are also plenty of delicious eateries to choose from in the area.

Newport is also home to some mansions that need to be seen in person to fully appreciate the incredible architecture.

Rockland, Maine

Seated on Penobscot Bay, Rockland is the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiast because of its proximity to Acadia National Park and sprawling coastline.

Rent a coastal cottage and spend the last days of summer swimming or boating, or head into town to check out the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Once you get hungry, you can chow down on some fresh lobster, Maine's biggest exported good.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Last but not least, Provincetown features the history and culture of colonial New England with bars, museums, and entertainment venues all sprinkled in.

While you're there, take an adventure in the dunes or browse the galleries on Commercial Street.

Known as "America's First Destination," this city is great for a family getaway or a romantic retreat.

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