15 Days/14 Nights – Gateway: Boston

1 & 2: Boston, MA

Famous for everything from the Red Sox and Paul Revere to Cheers and clam “chowdah,” Boston is a popular destination for so many reasons. Part history lesson, part modern metropolis, the Hub offers attractions to suit every taste and interest. Hop on the Freedom Trail, a well-preserved pedestrian path that weaves in and out of historic neighborhoods. Between landmarks, you can shop the fabulous stores on Newbury Street, have a delicious authentic Italian meal in the North End or browse the antique shops and distinctive red-brick buildings of Beacon Hill. The more culturally inclined will not want to miss the city’s world-class museums, theater and music venues. Family friendly to the core, Boston also boasts a renowned aquarium, children’s museum and science museum, making it a great getaway for all.

2 nights Boston

3 & 4: To White Mountains, NH (164 mi/262 km)

En route, visit Salem and later, shop North Conway’s factory outlets. If you are traveling to Lincoln. journey along the Kancamagus Highway. In the White Mountains visit Franconia Notch or ascend Mt. Washington. Take the Conway Scenic Railroad, or visit the Lakes Region.

2 nights White Mountains.

5: To Green Mountains, VT (130 mi/208 km)

If you spent the night in Jackson or North Conway, travel along the Kancamagus Highway to Lincoln. Head for Woodstock, a quintessential New England Village with traditional shops, a village green and a covered bridge. Stop at Quechee Gorge, a mini Grand Canyon, for breathtaking vistas

1 night Green Mountains

6: Lake Placid, NY (135 mi/216 km)

Today travel along the edge of the Green Mountains via the charming village of Middlebury into New York State and then through the Adirondack Mountains to Lake Placid, site of the 1980 Winter Olympics.

1 night Lake Placid

7 & 8: To Niagara Falls, ON (375 mi/600 km)

Niagara Falls appeals to something in everyone. The sudden drop of the Niagara River, dividing the US and Canada, creates one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the continent. Enjoy a Maid of the Mist cruise, a helicopter tour or walk along the banks.

2 nights Niagara Falls.

9: To Finger Lakes Region, NY (145 mi/232 km)

Begin early for a journey to discover Corning & the Finger Lakes Wine Country – an area best known for sparkling Steuben crystal, glimmering glacial lakes, spectacular scenery and award-winning wines.  Find time to visit the Corning Museum of Glass which houses one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of glass objects from antiquity to the present.

1 Night Finger Lakes Region

10: To the Berkshires, MA (305 mi/488 km)

Following the Mohawk River valley travel across eastern New York State and into Massachusetts, culminating in an overnight stay in the Berkshire Hills area. Here there is Lenox, summer home of the Boston Symphony, and Stockbridge, once home to Norman Rockwell, one of America’s greatest artists. The Norman Rockwell Museum houses many of his works.

1 night Berkshire Hills Area, MA

11 & 12: To Newport, RI (185 mi/296 km)

Head directly for Newport RI, or stop in Mystic, Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport Museum, America’s largest maritime museum. Continue to Newport, summer resort of America’s first millionaires. Spend the day on a spectacular beach; tour the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive with its extravagant summer mansions. Newport’s restored waterfront features many shops and restaurants.

2 nights Newport

13 & 14: To Cape Cod, MA (75 mi/120 km)

Travel to Cape Cod, a fabulous summer resort with white sandy beaches and abundant attractions. Plan a whale watch cruise; visit historic Chatham or colorful, artistic Provincetown. Take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.

2 nights Cape Cod

15: To Boston (75 mi/120 km)

En route to Logan Airport, visit Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town. In Plymouth, visit Plimoth Plantation, a living museum depicting life in 1627. Time for lunch before driving to the airport and your flight home.

Photo Credit: Discover New England
Photo Credit: Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation
Photo Credit: Discover the Wine, Water & Wonders of Upstate New York
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