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2 days - where should we go?

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2 days - where should we go?

My husband and I will be on the east coast in May and have some free time & a rental car. We will be driving out of NYC (yikes) on a Monday afternoon and will need to be in Providence, RI on Wednesday afternoon.

We enjoy beautiful drives, would like to see the coast at some point, good (but not super expensive) food, scenic locations, architecture, etc. We aren't interested in shopping or museums. We're both in our early thirties. We have heard great things about Keene and Portsmouth and are open to visiting both places. I know this is the New Hampshire forum but would you recommend spending most of our time in New Hampshire or split between New Hampshire and the Connecticut/Rhode Island coast? Or something completely different?

All recommendations (for areas, drives, food, lodging, things to do, etc) welcome!

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1. Re: 2 days - where should we go?

Quite honestly, if you've only got two days, I wouldn't even head to NH (though it breaks my heart to say it). Tour Connecticut and Rhode Island - there are some beautiful places in those two states, including some beautiful little coastal towns. A trip to NH and back would just be too much, in my opinion.

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2. Re: 2 days - where should we go?

The CT coast has plenty of beauty. I would explore the coast there and head to Newport RI for a few days.

The mansions are beautiful and the city is great.


Here is an article I found on 10 things to do in Newport for a day.


If you want to extend your drive head out towards Cape Cod. Providence is an easy drive from there.

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3. Re: 2 days - where should we go?

You could catch the ferry from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard for a very nice daytrip or overnight stay. Shouldn't be crowded as it is way pre season. I also recommend Newport. Come back for NH another time. It will be worth it.

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4. Re: 2 days - where should we go?

You really do not have the time to make it up to Portsmouth, NH and to really enjoy yourselves.

I agree with the others go to Newport, Rhode Island.

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5. Re: 2 days - where should we go?

I would suggest that if you plan another trip to New Hampshire, then everyone would tell you to head to the White Mountains and then you still will miss the opportunity to visit the Keene area. It is only about 2.5 hrs to Providence from Keene and there are lots of nice places to stay, good restaurants as well as a brew pub, filled with beautiful scenery including covered bridges, interesting old buildings etc. It is a 4 hr drive from NYC. Definitely less touristy, but infinitely more relaxed.

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6. Re: 2 days - where should we go?

I'll say it again - I agree with weaver. Southern NH dose not get enough credit. It is a great area with loads of places to stay and eat and exceptional views. You are also close to Westerm Mass and the Berkshires with the Mohawk Trail

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7. Re: 2 days - where should we go?

I agree with most of the oters NH is a stretch. Stick to RI and CT as well as South Coast Mass around Westport, So Dartmouth and Tiverton, RI. Save NH, VT and ME for a stand alone trip.

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