Classic New England is an all-encompassing suggested two week fly-drive holiday taking you to five of the states of New England. Starting and ending in Boston, enjoy the best of this area's coastline, beaches, villages and cities. This itinerary ensures culture, history and scenic beauty are discovered in the five states.
We recommend extending your stay in Boston by an extra night and if you're travelling in the summer, stay an extra night in Cape Cod to enjoy the beaches.
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Day 1 - Boston
Begin your fly-drive holiday with a stay in Boston, a city with plenty of old world charm and history.
Visit the Italian area of North End, the antique shops of Beacon Hill, the shops of Newbury Street and the fashionable area of Back Bay. Perhaps go on a trolley or duck tour of the city and visit some of the great museums, many of which are also great for families.
Bar Harbor, the gateway to the Acadia National Park, is the destination for your two night stay. Go hiking to the Cadillac Mountain and visit Bar Harbor itself with its many restaurants and shops.
Day 5 - Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor was once a favourite summer retreat for wealthy families and so many a 19th century mansion can be seen here. Be sure to take a photograph of the Bass Head Harbour Lighthouse in the Acadia National Park, an iconic sight. In Bar Harbor, enjoy a lobster boat ride (included in your holiday).
Day 6 - White Mountains, New Hampshire (250 miles)
Travelling from Bar Harbor to the White Mountains, you’ll pass forests, fields, lakes, rivers and beautiful scenery. Once in the White Mountains, drive to the peak of Mount Washington, take the Conway Scenic Railroad or visit the Lakes area.
If you spent the previous nights in Jackson or North Conway, you can travel on the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic journey, to Lincoln. Arriving in Vermont, visit the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, see Lake Champlain from Burlington.
Visit a typical New England village (Stowe) and also if you wish, the Shelburne Museum with its side-wheeler, gardens and Americana feel.
Day 10 - Connecticut River Valley, Massachusetts (174 miles)
Today you’ll travel to Rutland, once the centre of the Vermont marble industry and en route to The Berkshires, stop off at Manchester Village. You may also wish to visit the Francine Clark Art Institute or the Hancocker Shaker Village. In Lenox, you can enjoy a performance by the Boston Symphony (depending on the season) and in Stockbridge, the very interesting museum in honour of Norman Rockwell, the American illustrator.
Day 11 - Mystic, Connecticut & Newport, Rhode Island (127 miles)
Before arriving at your next destination, visit the Old Sturbridge Village, a living 19th century museum or the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. Travel onwards to Newport where you’ll spend time in this charming yacht town. The summer resort of America’s millionaires of the past, Newport is home to some beautiful summer mansions as well as stylish shops and restaurants (included in your holiday is admission to three mansions).
Day 12 - Mystic, Connecticut & Newport, Rhode Island
Travel onwards to Newport where you’ll spend time in this charming yacht town. The summer resort of America’s millionaires of the past, Newport is home to some beautiful summer mansions as well as stylish shops and restaurants (included in your holiday is admission to three mansions).
Your final destination of Cape Cod is a real treat; a time to relax on the white beaches, go on a whale watching cruise (from Hyannis and included in your holiday), visit the pretty town of Chatham and alternative Provincetown also known as P-Town. You can also take ferries to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket if you wish.