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Fall in New England

New England

Founding Fathers & Fall Foliage

Tailor-made New England holidays

Introduction

Hugging the northeast corner of the USA, New England comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. A rich colonial history plays out over fascinating cities and pretty villages while scenic roads, a delight to drive, bring you away from white-sand beaches and idyllic lighthouses to an interior defined by mountain panoramas, expansive lakes and brilliant autumn foliage.

Rural charms for every season

Despite being one of the oldest settled parts of the USA­, much of this six-state huddle, comprising Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, retains the rural charm that greeted pioneers some 400 years ago. Here, you’ll trace the footsteps of the colonists that left their mark on the region’s dramatic twists, turns and folds. Following the blooms of spring, the beaches of Cape Cod beckon with long warm summer days, while winter is a time for snow-bound fun in the region's mountainous interior. Then, come autumn, tourists make their pilgrimage to the undulating hills, which play host to the rich browns and deep reds that have become New England’s signature.

Landscapes to savour

With 5,000 miles of coastline that play host to whale watchers, fishermen, swimmers, sailors, sunbathers and surfers alike, much of New England’s draws can be found outside. From New Hampshire’s jewel-like lakes and the glacier-carved forested interior of Maine to Vermont’s ski slopes and the bays of Massachusetts, New England is best explored by car or on foot. But it’s not just for show; the region’s coastline produces excellent seafood, including Maine lobsters and Wellfleet oysters. Wake up to a stack of pancakes drenched in Vermont’s famous Maple Syrup.

A world leader in culture & the arts

For a dose of culture, head to one of the region’s historic cities. Connecticut, for example, supports Yale University, America’s third-oldest institution where visitors can enjoy its campus and museums, dating back to the early 18th century. Massachusetts also features the educational elite of Harvard and M.I T. Elsewhere, you’ll find museums dedicated to the area’s revolutionary past and towns littered with Gothic churches. For something more up-to-date, look to the bustling music scenes of Boston, Portland and Burlington, which include the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. New England is also enjoying something of an art revival with a host of contemporary art galleries springing up.

Special offers in New England

East Coast USA Rail Journey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,020 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £240 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

Let included Amtrak rail journeys and luxury hotels bring you to New York's headline-grabbing icons, Boston's harbourside setting and the world-leading museums of Washington, D.C. You'll also call in to Philadelphia to explore its historic neighbourhoods and indulge in its unique gastronomy.

Discover New England

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,770 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £360 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

An ultra-scenic road trip that showcases the best of New England, from the natural splendour of its coastlines and mountains to the region's revolutionary past.

The Best of Cape Cod & The Islands

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,720 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

With a stay in historic Boston as its prologue, this self-drive winds south, via the Pilgrim settlement of Plymouth, to Cape Cod's dune-fringed idyll. Then, after day trips to Provincetown and the cobblestones of Nantucket, you'll end amid Martha's Vineyard's golden sands and gingerbread houses.

Best of Massachusetts & The Berkshires Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,590 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £380 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

From the rich history of Boston to the Lexington’s battlefields and the beautiful Berkshire Hills, this tailor-made fly-drive takes in the very best of America's Bay State.

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Top itineraries in New England

East Coast USA Rail Journey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,020 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £240 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

Let included Amtrak rail journeys and luxury hotels bring you to New York's headline-grabbing icons, Boston's harbourside setting and the world-leading museums of Washington, D.C. You'll also call in to Philadelphia to explore its historic neighbourhoods and indulge in its unique gastronomy.

Discover New England

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,770 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £360 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

An ultra-scenic road trip that showcases the best of New England, from the natural splendour of its coastlines and mountains to the region's revolutionary past.

The Best of Cape Cod & The Islands

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,720 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £355 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

With a stay in historic Boston as its prologue, this self-drive winds south, via the Pilgrim settlement of Plymouth, to Cape Cod's dune-fringed idyll. Then, after day trips to Provincetown and the cobblestones of Nantucket, you'll end amid Martha's Vineyard's golden sands and gingerbread houses.

Best of Massachusetts & The Berkshires Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,590 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £380 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

From the rich history of Boston to the Lexington’s battlefields and the beautiful Berkshire Hills, this tailor-made fly-drive takes in the very best of America's Bay State.

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Top places to stay in New England

The Inn at Stockbridge

Historic hotel

The Berkshires are renowned for their rural landscapes and thriving arts scene, and The Inn at Stockbridge is ideally situated to explore this diverse New England region.

Hotel Viking, Newport

Historic hotel

Having opened its doors in 1926, the hotel is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America; its redbrick frontage and white columns set the tone for decadent interiors.

Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, Lenox

Historic resort

This stunning Tudor-style mansion has had pride of place in Berkshire for more than a century and offers, among other superb facilities, an excellent golf course and spa.

The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, Kennebunkport

Contemporary hotel

A treat for lobster lovers everywhere, The Boathouse offers world-class dining, a riverside setting to be rightfully proud of, and contemporary rooms with all the comforts of home.

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Where to go in New England

In the northeastern corner of the United States, the region is made up of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. You'll find a warm welcome here, in a region where neighbourhoods are tight-knit and each state has its own cuisine, architecture, and take on life.

Boston

The historical city of Boston is regarded as the unofficial capital of New England. Founded around a large natural harbour at the mouth of the Charles River, it is one of the world's great walking cities, offering travellers plenty of shops ...

Massachusetts

Massachusetts has the most varied mix natural and man-made attractions of the New England states. The largest city Boston is the cultural and commercial hub and a major centre of American history and culture.

Vermont

Mountainous Vermont is all about the great outdoors, its landscapes, particularly stunning in Fall, setting the scene for a full range of year-round adventures. There's everything from summer hikes and self-drives to superb skiing in winter.

Connecticut

Connecticut offers a charming diversion with its beautiful coastal drives, world-class museums, renowned attractions and rich history. Along the shoreline are magnificent beaches and marinas, while inland the Connecticut River Valley and the Litchfield Hills ...

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What to do in New England

Immerse yourself in colonial history, winding scenic roads, vibrant arts scene, and more – there are endless ways to visit New England.

Self-drives

There’s plenty of local charm to discover in New England, and a road trip lets you get up close to it all, on a schedule and route that works for you.

Nature Holidays

From the dense, vibrant foliage of the autumn woods to Cape Cod’s idyllic beaches, a holiday in New England isn’t complete without a trip out into the outdoors.

History and culture

Colonial heritage is its claim to fame, but New England has plenty more to intrigue the history buff or culture vulture. From Boston’s buzzing arts and dining scene to Maine and Vermont’s artisans and the visible indigenous tribal culture, there is a New England holiday to suit all interests.

Great railway journeys

Let yourself be transported to a different way of life as you roll through the rich scenery of New England. Enjoy the romance of train travel as you drink in the region’s undulating hills, family farms, bustling towns and so much more.

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When to go to New England

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Talk to anyone and they’ll tell you the best time to go to New England is late September through to early October when the region’s foliage puts on its stunning display. However, with so many outdoor pursuits, summer is also an excellent choice. Cold winters usually bring snowfall, which, while attractive, sometimes escalate to storms.

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