Beautiful New England
I have just returned from a fantastic holiday to New England, and wanted to share some of my thoughts regarding this lovely region with you! Firstly, the flights are fairly short at around 7ish hours long on the outbound, and less on the way back to the UK – and there are a number of airlines offering direct flights, which tends to keep the flight costs reasonable.
Secondly, the diverse range of attractions in the area really offers something for everyone – cities, beaches, national parks, national forests, mountains, wildlife, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing – the list goes on!
Thirdly, the region is almost a year-round destination – with winter sports, spring wildflowers, summer warmth and autumn colours.
Boston is the main gateway and is a clean, friendly and easily walkable city. Discover the clearly marked Freedom Trail and learn the history of the country, and explore some of the many shops here. A great way to familiarize yourself with the city is to take a fun ‘Boston Duck Tour’ – a tour by road and by water in an amphibious vehicle.
On leaving Boston, pick up a hire car – distances between destinations in New England are relatively short and once you’re out of the city, the driving is easy and with stunning scenery. Relaxed Cape Cod is home to pretty fishing villages, excellent sailing opportunities and stunning beaches. Consider a whale watching tour from the artistic town of Provincetown, or take a trip over to the islands of Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket.
Explore the rugged Maine coast, with its’ many lighthouses and interesting nautical history. Kennebunkport was a highlight for me – a pretty village with some lovely shops!
Moving inland to New Hampshire and the White Mountains – there are a wide variety of attractions located close to each other here – take the Cannon Aerial Tramway for excellent views, visit the Flume Gorge and walk the easy trail through the forest, or take the historic Cog Railway up to the top of Mount Washington – the highest peak in the north eastern United States. Visit small towns and villages, explore the scenic Kancagamus Highway and watch out for moose and bears.
Over into Vermont, explore the Green Mountains National Forest (especially stunning during the Fall in late September and early October) taking one of the many hiking trails. Visit the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory and have a taster or two. If visiting in winter, enjoy skiing some of the many slopes, snowmobiling along with other winter activities.
Scenic Route 100 takes you south through Vermont and back into Massachusetts – here explore the Berkshires before heading south again into Connecticut. The coastal towns here have a long association with the historic whaling of centuries gone by. From here, head over to Rhode Island and explore the popular sailing haunt of Newport Bay – also home to fantastic mansions built as holiday homes by the wealthy of the gilded era.
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