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New England States

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New England States

A friend & I are planning a trip to the New England States the end of May. Since neither of us have been, we are at a loss as to where to begin. We definitely want to visit the Kennedy Library in Boston. We love to shop, eat good food and enjoy history and architecture. We will be staying 5 nights and would appreciate any suggestions on the best cities to visit. I don't mind driving, but since we're limited on time, I don't want to spend too much time driving. I would like to know a good start and stopping point. Thanks!

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1. Re: New England States

First ... 5 days is not enough time to see all 6 states but you can get a good flavor of New England. What are the dates of your visit? You could be hitting up against college graduations and Memorial Day weekend, which may affect advice.

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Are you planning to fly here from TN or drive? If flying, check as your starting point fares for flights to Boston, Providence RI; Manchester, NH; or even Portland, Maine to see which have the best fares and that can help determine your starting point. Above poster Is right; May is college graduation season in Boston and you will find that hotel prices are high and availability low in the city, especially on weekends. Outside of Boston, here are a few ideas for places to go; Newport, RI (gorgeous old mansions to tour; ocean views; downtown waterfront with shops and restaurants); Portsmouth, NH (outdoor historical museum called Strawbery Banke with restored old Portsmouth homes and costumed guides; quaint downtown with cobblestone streets filled with restaurants); Portland, Maine (a foodie city, lots of wonderful restaurants. Doing the farm to table thing, cafes, etc.; interesting Old Port area); Concord and Lexington, MA (where the Revolution began, many historical sights, short drive from Boston). This is too much for you to see in just five days, but it hopefully gives you some ideas to start your planning.

Also, be aware that Memorial Day weekend is a very popular travel time, especially to coastal locations, so you might find hotel prices to be higher. If you are coming over Memorial Day weekend, avoid driving to Maine, New Hampshire or Cape Cod on Friday and back towards Boston on Monday. These will be very heavy travel times on the highways.

Edited: 04 May 2014, 14:21
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Why do you only mention visiting cities? Is this an urban tour? What about the small towns and scenic drives throughout New England? That is where much of the beauty and attractions lie.

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Do tell us your dates. I agree about considering traffic, you have limited time and don't want to be caught in traffic jams. You can visit a number of places by train or bus. Boston has commuter trains, some go to the pretty areas north of Boston along the coast ( eg Cape Ann, Gloucester). BTW, to get to Portland Maine it's a different train, the Amtrak train goes there. You'd avoid dealing with traffic that way.

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Thanks for coming back to answer our questions. If you leave Boston and head directly to Providence, then dip up into Hartford, Ct, head straight north on 91 so you can see both VT and NH in a day, then head across to Portland, you could see all six in just a couple of days and minimize your driving. Total driving time is less than 8 hours.


Edited: 13 May 2014, 21:38
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