Portland Head Light Station, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

The Northeast region of the United States is a highly populated area along the East Coast, home to bustling cities, quiet rural areas, idyllic beach communities and suburban neighborhoods. While early U.S. history has a strong presence in the Northeast, the many cultural and ethnic groups that continually migrate to this area of the country also have a strong influence on the region. This mix of old and new populations, diverse landscapes and wide-ranging lifestyles present many cultural learning experiences for international visitors.

United States history is rooted in the Northeast, and offers numerous opportunities to learn about America’s early European settlers and the beginnings of the U.S. as a country. Some of the oldest and most populated cities in the U.S. are located in this region, including Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. These major cities are located within a few hours of one another and it’s easy to travel between the major Northeastern hubs using public transportation as well as buses, trains and planes.

InterExchange participants can experience this dynamic region in any number of ways. Catch a game of American football, baseball, hockey or basketball at a local college or professional sports arena, or watch tennis at the U.S. Open in New York City. Go on a hike to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of New England. Try skiing or snowboarding in the mountains of Vermont or upstate New York. Wander around an art museum in New York or Washington, D.C. Explore the revolutionary history of Boston. We’ve created this cultural guide to help match your interests with one of the many cultural activities available in your area – so explore our state-by-state guide and find your own adventure in the Northeast!

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U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation