ABOUT THE NORTHEAST
The Northeast is characterized by a diverse climate. Average temperatures in the Northeast generally decrease to the north, with distance from the coast, and at higher elevations. Average annual precipitation varies by about 20 inches throughout the Northeast with the highest amounts observed in coastal and select mountainous regions. During winter, frequent storms bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation, especially to the north. Summers are warm and humid, especially to the south. The Northeast is often affected by extreme events such as ice storms, floods, droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, and major storms in the Atlantic Ocean off the northeast coast, referred to as nor’easters.
Acadia National Park, Maine – Covering most of Mount Desert Island and other coastal islands, Acadia features the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast of the United States, granite peaks, ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. There are freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal habitats.
Though there aren’t many national parks in the Northeast, State Parks are abundant
New York’s Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest State Park in the United States
During the year, when magnetic storms are the strongest, Aurora Borealis can be seen from Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Maine along the US – Canada border
One incredible thing to do in the Northeast is to hike the Appalachian Trail. You can join the elite and hike all 2,190 miles, or select a section you want to hike
The highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet is the peak of Mount Washington in New Hampshire
Some animals that are found in this region include the black bear, deer, bobcats, coyotes, Canada lynxes, raccoons, squirrels, bats, blue birds, bald eagles, and piping plovers
The marine life in the Northeast is abundant with highlights being whales, dolphins, seals, and sea turtles