Five New England spots are among the 1,000 ultimate travel experiences on the planet, according to a new travel book.
The fourth edition of “Make the Most of Your Time on Earth,” by travel guide publisher Rough Guides, is due for release in the U.S. on Oct. 1. The book recommends 1,000 ultimate travel experiences worldwide, including one in Massachusetts, two in Maine, and two in Vermont.
The book’s Massachusetts pick is the Emily Dickinson Museum, where guests can tour the birthplace and former residence of poet Emily Dickinson. The entry in the book is called “At home with Emily Dickinson.”
“The Wooden desk in which her poems were found after her death lies as if Emily has just left to make a cup of tea, her rooms scrupulously restored with authentic floor coverings, furniture and wallpaper,” writes Rough Guides, which also praised the enthusiasm of museum workers.
Over in Vermont, it’s well worth driving your car along scenic Route 100 during fall foliage season, says the book in an entry called “Leaf-peeping along Route 100.”
“[F]rom late September to early October, when the leaves start to change color, the road is transformed into a 200-mile, skin-prickling display of arboreal pyrotechnics; it’s as if the entire state has been set ablaze,” writes Rough Guides.
For an even closer look at the color, the book points readers toward the Green Mountain National Forest, where they can walk a section of the 265-mile Long Trail.
Another Vermont experience on the list: a visit to Ben & Jerry’s, the celebrated ice cream company where guests can tour the Waterbury factory and taste its goods. The book calls the entry “Death by ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s.”
“The real highlight is the free taster at the end — rare or brand-new flavours are dished out here,” writes Rough Guides. “Think coconut double-chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie dough. Nirvana for ice-cream addicts.”
Speaking of food, the guide recommends eating lobster at Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth, a restaurant it calls “one of the most picturesque spots in the country” in an entry called “A night at the lobster pound.”
And, while in Maine, another ultimate travel experience involves moose watching, according to the book. The entry, called “On a moose safari,” recommends readers book an adventure with Chris Young of Young’s Guide Service in Greenville, who, it says “leads spine-tingling canoe and walking safaris to track moose.” Young, the book points out, is a Maine Moose Calling Championship winner who summons the enormous animals with calls that range from “a looping grunt to a throaty bark.”