Check off the Best Places to Visit in the Northeast During Summer

Northeast Summer Bucket List

8 Hidden Gems in the Northeast

Posted on Aug. 23, 2023

Looking for must-see attractions this summer in the Northeast? Explore these 8 bucket list destinations throughout the region.

Little Girls Hike at Mount Snow

Vail Resorts’ Northeast destinations in New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont are some of the best places to visit in the Northeast during summer! Each resort is revved up for the season and has its own vibe and identity, with unique, exciting events and attractions. Within a radius of a couple hundred miles, you can be at Hunter Mountain one weekend and the next embark for the Granite State’s Mount Sunapee. It all starts by making a plan and crossing off these hidden Northeast gems from your Summer Bucket List! 


Cross each of these top resorts in the Northeast off your list of the best places to visit in summer!

  1. Stowe Mountain Resort
  2. Wildcat Mountain
  3. Attitash Mountain Resort
  4. Okemo Mountain Resort
  5. Mount Sunapee
  6. Crotched Mountain Resort
  7. Mount Snow
  8. Hunter Mountain
Get Your Epic Mountain Rewards — When you purchase your 2023-24 Epic Pass, you have access to Epic Mountain Rewards at Vail Resorts destinations this summer and fall. The Epic Pass provides year-round benefits including 20% off lodging, discounts on meals and summer programs, plus discounts for friends and family. Visit for more details.

Best Places to Visit in the Northeast

  1. Scenic Lift Ride to New York's Highest Fire Tower – about 2.5hrs from the wildness of downtown Manhattan you’ll discover peace and tranquility in the true wilderness in the Catskill Mountains surrounding Hunter Mountain – Metro New York’s true gem for four-season fun.

  2. Soar to Vermont's Highest Peak – of all the lovely mountain peaks in the Green Mountain State, the highest is Mount Mansfield at 4,395 feet. In the summer (and fall and winter, for that matter) Stowe’s iconic red Gondola cabins whisk you to the summit. Once there, the adventure is just getting started!

  3. Ride Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster – the ride begins with a 1,600-foot climb before a 375 vertical-foot drop along 3,100 feet of track complete with banking loops and a “twister” section, at speeds of up to 25 mph! The coaster runs all year at Okemo Resort, offering an exhilarating experience no matter the season.

  4. Play a Round at Mount Snow Golf Club – the Mount Snow Golf Club is 18-holes of challenging fun that Golf Digest magazine rates in the top five in Vermont. Take advantage of Epic Mountain Rewards discounts on golf, retail items and meals at Fairways Restaurant at the club. 

  5. Hike to great heights at Wildcat! – the White Mountain National Forest surrounding Wildcat Resort has several 4,000-plus-footers and two especially popular with climbers: Wildcat A at 4,422 feet and Wildcat D at 4,062. The Wildcat ridgeline is made up of five “sub-peaks” rising more than 4,000 feet, but the mountain’s A and D peaks are popular climbing routes and offer incredible views of Mount Washington and its Tuckerman and Huntington ravines.  

  6. Send it at Sunapee Bike Park – in summer, single-track riding and lift hauls rule at Mount Sunapee, and if you purchase the Northeast Three Mountain Bike Pass, you can fill out your mountain-biking bucket list at Mount Sunapee and take advantage of unlimited access to the nearby bike parks at Mount Snow and Okemo in Vermont.

  7. Check Out the Epic Lift Upgrade! – lots going on at Attitash in Bartlett, New Hampshire, this summer, as the resort is getting a new lift – The Mountaineer. For that reason, summer operations are on hold. Get psyched for the Attitash chairlift upgrade happening for the 2023-24 skiing and riding season!

  8. Hike Crotched Mountain – hiking Crotched is a must-do in the summer for any mountain lover in the Northeast. You’ll find a range of hikes at Crotched in the Granite State’s Manadnock Region and the mountain ledges give you breathtaking views of the area’s mountain peaks and stellar summer sunsets.
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Northeast Summer Bucket List