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American Favorites

Sometimes it’s OK to embrace good stereotypes: surfers on the West Coast, firebrands in New England, Southern belles in the South and fast-paced city dwellers in the metropolises of the Heartland. A stereotype can encompass the personality and style of an area, making it a good place to start when taking your group there for the first time.

To help immerse your travelers in the feel and culture of America’s diverse regions, we have picked out a characteristic experience, a dish and a museum to highlight the unique personalities of the following areas.

New England

New England is known today for its beautiful landscape and its firebrand history that goes back to the days when our country consisted of many nations and only a smattering of European colonies. Popular novels and shows highlight the charming small-town life and the stories of famous historical figures who have left their marks on the area. To get a feel for the region, travelers can take one of the popular fall foliage tours and see the beautiful colors of the New England landscape while exploring the area’s villages and towns and sampling the famous seafood. First-time visitors should also explore Boston, the region’s largest city.

Must Do: Freedom Trail Tours, Boston

Groups can get a feel for New England’s long history of political activism with a Freedom Trail tour to explore Boston’s Revolutionary-era history. Standard tours highlight 11 to 16 stops along the Freedom Trail, and groups can consider a themed tour such as the Revolutionary Women or Lantern tours.

Must Taste: Lobster roll, Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine

New England cuisine is known for its delicious seafood dishes, like clam chowder and lobster rolls. Sample these delicacies of the sea at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine, unofficially known as the lobster capital of the world.

Must See: Harvard Art Museums

New England is well known for its higher education, given multiple lofty schools such as Harvard, Yale and Brown universities. Absorb some of the learned and refined atmosphere with a tour of the Harvard Art Museums. Exhibits cover a wide array of styles and media but are sure to include prime examples of each.