Hello People - last year we (couple aged 40) completed a fabulous road trip around the National Parks etc in California & Utah - San Francisco, LA, Yosemite, Grand Cranyon, Bryce, Zion etc etc. We want to visit the US again, in September 2008 and thought that maybe New England / Niagara would be fun.
I know very little about New England except September is the best time to visit I believe.
I have looked at a Virgin flydrive itinerary, as a starting point and wondered if you would be kind enough to point out good or bad bits.
Any help is welcome. Last year I completely rewrote the route and booked all my own hotels etc (mainly after TA advice) and we had our best holiday ever!
Many thanks - Heather
Here is the Virgin suggestion:
This 14-night tour includes the best parts of New England and Canada.
2 nights' accommodation at Sheraton Newton. Boston is a historic city, boasting beautiful architecture, scenic views and plenty of independent shops and restaurants.
Boston - White Mountains (164 miles)
2 nights' accommodation at Lodge at Lincoln. Discover the splendours of New Hampshire's majestic White Mountains, either on foot or by train - Mount Washington is the state's highest peak.
White Mountains - Green Mountains (130 miles)
1 night's accommodation at the Commodores Inn. The Green Mountains are simply delightful. Visit the Shelburne Museum or trek along the trails through the National Forest.
Green Mountains - Lake Placid (135 miles)
1 night's accommodation at Lake Placid summit hotel. Arrive in Lake Placid and explore the 6-million acre natural sanctuary known as the Adirondack Park.
Lake Placid - Niagara Falls (375 miles)
2 nights' accommodation at Clarion President hotel. 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.
Finger Lakes and Berkshire Hills (413 miles)
2 nights' accommodation at Sturbridge Host Hotel Start early for a journey along the edge of the New York Finger Lakes region, past the foothills of the Adirondacks, over the Hudson River, into Massachusetts' Berkshire Hills.
2 nights' accommodation at the Howard Johnson Middletown, on the Rhode Island coast. This is the world's yachting capital and you can explore the lively history of sea trading and smuggling.
Cape Cod (75 miles)
2 nights' accommodation at Heritage House. Cape Cod is renowned for its wild beaches, and the exclusive islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.