The popular travel destinations in New Brunswick tend to be around its beautiful coastlines, but the interior mainland here is full of mountains, forests, and historic sites that are well-worth exploring. Off Nepisguit Bay on the northeastern peninsula you'll find the restored Acadian village of Caraquet and the snowmobiling mecca of Bathurst. The Bay of Fundy on New Brunswick's southern coast offers the spectacle of tides so huge that they actually resculpt the shoreline and reverse river currents. The famed Hopewell Rocks have been shaped by these beastly tides into formations resembling flowerpots; among the favorite places to view the tides in action are Fundy National Park, Hopewell Cape, Moncton, and Saint John.
European settlement of New Brunswick began in 1534 with Jacques Cartier's landing, making it one of the first areas in North America to be settled. In 1738 Loyalists fled here from the United States. New Brunswick was established as a province in 1784 and became one of the original provinces of the Canadian Confederation in 1876. In Fredericton you can see a number of restored historic buildings, including the Soldiers' Barracks, dating back to 1827, and the Guard House, dating back to 1828. The New Brunswick Legislative Assembly Building was built in 1882; guided tours are available year-round.
Offshore, Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island have provincial parks. Campobello is the site of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, a retreat for Franklin D. Roosevelt. Accessible by bridge from Luboc, Maine, this is an excellent point of entry for a Canadian road trip.