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These are the best summer travel destinations in New England, according to TravelPulse

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A Massachusetts beach town is “pure bliss in the summer.”

Pedestrian traffic along Commercial Street in Provincetown in July. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe

New England’s ultimate summer destinations include an island, a lakeside town and several coastal towns full of beauty and fun, according to TravelPulse.

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The travel site published a list of top summer travel destinations in every US state and included Provincetown, Mass.; Hampton Beach, New Hampshire; Old Orchard Beach, Maine; Block Island, RI; Burlington, Vermont; and Old Lyme, Conn.

Provincetown, located at the tip of Cape Cod, is “pure summer bliss,” wrote TravelPulse.

“Home to sensational stretches of beach, a range of interesting galleries and excellent restaurants alongside a world-renowned reputation as an LGBTQ+ paradise, there is something here for anyone who likes to enjoy the best of the season,” the travel site wrote.

Old Orchard Beach in Maine, which TravelPulse called “the grand dame of New England coastal towns,” has seven miles of sand, an Atlantic-spanning pier, and “magical summer vibes.”

The Pier at Old Orchard Beach, Maine – Shutterstock / Jon Bilou

Hampton Beach, NH “bubbles with fun every season,” wrote TravelPulse., which noted its sand sculpture contest, country music festival and weekly fireworks.

“The town has an expansive beach with clean water and once off the sand you’ll find plenty of fun arcades and food stalls to keep you entertained all evening long,” according to the travel site.

About Block Island, RI, TravelPulse wrote, “There’s just something special about being on an island in the summer. Home to dramatic cliffs, expansive beaches and historic lighthouses, summer is arguably the best time to fall head over heels in love with Block Island.

In Burlington, Vermont, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, travelers can spend their days on the lake, on a bike path, discover the area’s covered bridges or attend the “legendary” annual Burlington Discover Jazz festival.

Finally, Connecticut’s Old Lyme, known for hosting excellent Memorial Day and 4th of July events, is also near two state parks – Rocky Neck and Hammonasset – with beautiful beaches.