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New England is a truly stunning region in the North-East of the USA made-up of 6 separate states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. New England is known for its Revolutionary War history, amazing seafood, beautiful autumn landscape, colourful trees, colonial architecture, stunning beaches, whale-watching, quaint boutique hotels and more!
New England covers a large area of the US and holidays to New England often require some driving; this is extremely easy when booking with Charter Travel as we can organise the pick-up and drop-off of your hired vehicle as well as all the accommodation along the way. Of course, you could choose to visit one area of New England, for example Boston, and stay there for the duration of your holiday. However, many of our clients choose to do a road trip around New England to see at least two to three different areas. This allows travellers to see the different personalities each New England state, and areas within each state, have; Massachusetts for example is home to Salem, Boston and Cape Cod. Vermont is a landlocked state with beautiful old churches and dairy farms, New Hampshire holds many lakes and also the White Mountains National Forest, Maine is wonderfully scenic and full of colourful trees in autumn time and quaint small towns, Rhode Island is known for sandy shores and colonial style towns including Newport with its Gilded Age mansions, and finally Connecticut offers a mix of coastal cities and rural areas and is the home of the world renowned Yale University and the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
New England Highlights
Boston: home to the legendary Harvard university, Boston is one of the USA's most historic cities- full of Revolutionary War history, a beautiful harbour, and amazing seafood including lobster rolls. Boston is a great gateway to New England.
Martha’s Vineyard: Martha's Vineyard is a quintessential New England community with a beautiful long beach, the sound of waves crashing in the distance, and plenty of places to try the amazing seafood New England is so famous for.
Cape Cod: colonial style architecture, huge New England mansions, endless blue water, grassy sand dunes and an amazing small New England town... Cape Cod is a must-see destination, particularly in the summer, when visiting New England.
Newport: Newport, Rhode Island was once the playground for America's wealthiest and is now a popular destination for yachts in New England. You can tour the amazing large mansion surrounding the area and get a feel for what it was like to live here during the Gilded Age. Newport is full of architectural history, museums, quirky shops and restaurants and much more.
Woodstock: Woodstock, Vermont has been described as America's prettiest town... and for good reason. Woodstock is home to beautiful valleys lined with forests, small family farms, big red barns, picturesque bridges and quaint boutique shops and restaurants.
Nantucket: Nantucket is a beautiful little island with a deeply rooted seafaring history. On Nantucket Island you'll see amazing examples of 18th and 19th century architecture, beautiful seaside cottages, the whaling museum which offers insight into Nantucket as it once was (a thriving whaling port), and beautiful views out over the ocean.
Best Time to Visit New England
Similar to its namesake, New England experiences cold and snowy winters which are great for those who want to visit and partake in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding - this is particularly popular in Maine, and you'll find many Ski Resorts there. May through to September will be the best times to visit New England if you are looking for a warm holiday where you can enjoy New England’s rugged coast and expansive beaches. However, if you are looking to see the infamous New England Autumn colours then the best time to visit is mid-September to mid-October.
Self-Driving New England
The best way to experience New England, especially during the Autumn / Fall, is by driving yourself. Driving along the long expanses of road flanked both sides by beautifully coloured trees could often be some of the best parts of the holiday. The green, orange, red and yellow hues of the New England trees are exactly what make visiting this area of America so inviting during the autumn months.
New England by Rail
A second option is to see New England by rail and train between your destinations. Though this option could potentially more limiting as you are restricted on where you can visit based on where the trains run, exploring New England via train can be great for young couples travelling (under 25) who would be charged additional young driver fees on their hire car, or for those who want to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful New England scenery without the worry of driving themselves. There is also the option to stay in one location for multiple days between train journeys and hire a car there to explore that specific area of New England in more depth. When you book your New England holiday if you wish to include rail travel then Charter Travel can organise this for you at the time of booking.
However you want to explore New England, at whatever time you want to go, Charter Travel can help you to book and organise your New England holiday for you. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today by calling us on 01635 551011 and speak to a New England Expert or fill out our enquiry form which will send an e-mail directly to our sales team. We can't wait to help you plan your perfect New England holiday.