In New England's six states September and October sees the leaves turn to amazing shades of gold, scarlet, purple, and yellow. This fly drive holiday will show you the best of the famous fall foliage; the exact best time is hard to predict and will vary from north to south but generally the last 10 days of September and the first two weeks in October should be best. As well as the fall foliage you will be seeing the covered bridges, the picturesque white churches and all that is loved about New England.
If you would rather not drive, ask Frontier America about coach and train tours.
Day 1 - Fly to Boston and spend a couple of days enjoying this historical and vibrant city. Be sure to explore the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market among the many highlights.2 nights Boston
Day 3 - Collect your car and follow the coast through New Hampshire to Maine and the charming resort town of Kennebunkport where we would suggest a stop for lunch. The popular holiday destination, where the Bush family has had a home for many years is known as “The Kennebunks” and includes Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel, and Cape Porpoise. In the fall, the fiery foliage contrasts brilliantly with the blue of the Atlantic Ocean.
Head inland to Maine’s unspoiled mountains and Sebago Lake. This lake, whose name means “great stretch of water”, covers some 45 square miles Nearby are smaller bodies of water: all reflect the surrounding woods, which are dazzling in autumn. Cruise on a paddle steamer: The Songo River Queen II departs from Naples and heads along Long Lake.
Day 5 - Continue into New Hampshire, through the rugged scenery of the White Mountains stopping in North Conway for some retail therapy and the pretty village of Jackson. A ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway is also strongly recommended. This 3-mile long trestle is the steepest railway track in North America and takes you to 6,288 feet; the summit of Mount Washington. 1 night Rabbit Hill Inn.
Day 6 - Take the morning to explore St. Johnsbury, home to Albert Bierstadt’s gigantic “Domes of the Yosemite” painting; the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium; and the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild shop, with works by 100 local artists.
Then start the drive south to the quintessentially New England village of Woodstock. Woodstock is chock full of charming Americana, including a covered bridge smack in the centre of town and a village green surrounded by restored Georgian, Federal Style and Greek Revival homes. 1 night Manor on Golden Pond in the heart of New Hampshire Lake District.
Day 7 - Today you leave the White Mountains and travel into the Green Mountains. On the way you will pass through Cornish; previously a summer artists’ colony. Most famous was sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens who created the famous statues of Lincoln; you can visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, his former home, studio, artworks, and garden.
Day 8 - Today you will drive through some of Vermont’s most photogenic villages: geographically confusing as you will pas Londonderry, Peru, Weston and Grafton all within a few miles. There are handsome homes, country stores, artist’s studios and farms with red barns and cows.
North Adams, Thanks to MASS MoCA, this former mill town is now one of the most visited places in the United States dedicated to new art. In 1999, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art opened in a vast disused factory complex, offering art, dance, music, film, and more. 1 night in either the Porches Inn in North Adams which is part of the MOCA or the luxurious Orchards Hotel in neighbouring Williamstown.
Day 9 - Drive through the Berkshire Hills, taking Route 8 Cross into Connecticut, the Litchfield Hills and head for Torrington (75 miles/125 km) where we suggest a lunch stop to see the lovingly-restored Warner Theatre (now an arts complex) is just one of many Art Deco buildings and the No Place Like Home History Museum (local history)
Day 10 - You have a choice today.
Drive east to northeastern Connecticut, dubbed the Quiet Corner where a typical community is Putnam known for its antiques shops, with everything from bric-a-brac to highly collectible furniture. But, this was also an important mill town as you can discover on the River Mills Heritage Trail walking tour.
Drive south to the very pretty village of Mystic on the south shore of Connecticut. Be sure to visit the fascinating Mystic Seaport, a marvellous living museum showcasing historic vessels including the Charles W Morgan, the last wooden Whaleship in the world originally launched in 1841. From Mystic you can meander along the coast road and over the bridges into Newport. 2 nights in Newport at the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel or the Viking Hotel.
Day 11 - Stroll historic Newport: No city in America crams more history into its quaint streets, from Colonial days to the Gilded Age mansions. You will need at least a full day to scratch the surface of all that Newport has to offer.
Day 12 - Leave Newport and head for South Shore Beach and Little Compton. Three centuries of history beckon in Little Compton, where homes are grand and meadows manicured. On the village green are a post office, library, school, and Wilbur’s General Store (since 1893).
Take highway 6, rather than the interstate and you will pass through lots of very pretty little villages as you head for Sandwich, the first and oldest town on Cape Cod – established in 16392 nights in Cape Cod
Day 13 - Nicknamed “The Museum Town”, Sandwich offers several outstanding attractions: Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Sandwich Glass Museum and the (working) Dexter Grist Mill.
Day 14 - Time to return to Boston for your overnight flight home. On the way, do stop at the Plimoth Plantation; a totally brilliant living history museum where the Pilgrim Fathers first landed in 1620. See the Mayflower II, the Plimoth Grist Mill amongst many fascinating attractions. This will be a memorable last day.
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