12 Days/11 Nights Gateway – Boston

1 & 2: Boston, MA

Commence your holiday with a two nights stay in the “Athens of America.” Explore the Freedom Trail, shop at Quincy Market. Visit Cambridge and Harvard University, or take a whale watch cruise. The ideal way to see Boston is to take an Old Town Trolley tour

2 nights Boston, MA

3: To Kennebunkport, ME (91 mi/147 km)

Travel along the North Shore of Massachusetts, through coastal New Hampshire and into Maine. Visit the summer communities of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport where you can view the seasonal home to former US President George Bush

1 night Kennebunkport, ME

4: To White Mountains, NH (102 mi/164 km)

Head inland via the Maine Lakes District to New Hampshire and the White Mountains. Enjoy more fabulous shopping at North Conway then travel through magnificent scenery to Jackson, which you will enter via a covered bridge!

1 night White Mountains, NH

5 & 6 : To Northern Vermont, (130 mi/209 km)

Drive to the summit of Mt. Washington, shop, visit the Flume in Franconia Notch and then cross the border into Vermont. A chance perhaps to see the “Rock of Ages,” the world’s largest dimension granite quarries, or enjoy a maple tour and tasting at Morse Farm. Visit the quaint village of Stowe, overlooked by Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, before arriving at your home for the next two nights, the Green Mountain Inn. Take the short drive to Burlington, perched on the banks of Lake Champlain. Visit the Ethan Allen Homestead to recall the colorful days of the Green Mountain Boys, perhaps a scenic cruise on Lake Champlain or a visit to Shelburne Museum.

2 nights  Northern Vermont

7: To the Berkshires, MA (228 mi/367 km)

Drive south to see the quintessential New England village of Woodstock. See the scenic Quechee Gorge, New England’s mini Grand Canyon, before arriving in Massachusetts and the gentle Berkshire Hills. Perhaps visit the Hancock Shaker Village, a restored 19th century settlement and then Lenox, summer home of the Boston Symphony. Your final destination is Stockbridge, once home to Norman Rockwell, one of America’s greatest artists. The Norman Rockwell Museum, containing many of his works as well as changing exhibits, is worth a visit.

1 night The Berkshires, MA

8 & 9: To Newport, RI (157 mi/253 km)

Before heading to Newport, you may visit Old Sturbridge Village, a living 19th century museum, or Mystic, Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport Museum, America’s largest maritime museum. Continue to Newport, summer resort of America’s first millionaires. Tour the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive with its extravagant summer mansions. Newport’s restored waterfront sports many shops and restaurants.

 2 nights Newport, RI

10 & 11: To Cape Cod, MA (75 mi/120 km)

It’s a short drive to Olde Cape Cod where white sandy beaches, quaint villages, antique shops, lakes, ponds and nature reserves contrast with the tang of the salt sea air and echoes of the Pilgrims who first landed here. Plan a whale watch cruise, visit colorful, artistic Provincetown and perhaps tonight a farewell New England Lobster dinner. Why not extend your stay on Cape Cod and take a day excursion to nearby Martha’s Vineyard or the old whaling island of Nantucket

 2 nights Cape Cod, MA

12: To Boston, MA (75 miles/120 km)

Boston’s Logan Airport is 1.5 hours drive from Cape Cod and en-route you’ll have time to visit Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of 1627 life, with time for an early lunch before driving to the airport.

Photo Credit: Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
Photo Credit: Rhode Island Tourism Division
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