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Itinerary help please

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Itinerary help please

Hi

we are 2 30 something females and looking to do a tour of new england, starting in NYC and finishing in Boston for a flight back to the UK, although happy to go further north and come back to Boston. we have around 10 days for the trip (not including time in nyc) and just wanted some advice on the best places to visit/ see, would like some nightlife and also to see the highlights of the area, a little beach time would also be great. we are also going to be travelling by train.....any help would be great

thanks

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1. Re: Itinerary help please

Hi and Welcome! When do you plan to do your trip? Second, train is not a good way to do a tour of New England because train access in this region is very limited. If you are able to rent a car, your options for places to go would expand greatly.

If you are limited to train travel: Amtrak runs between NYC and Boston with a few stops in Connecticut along the way. If you are going in summer, you can get off the train in New London and transfer to the ferry to Block Island, RI, a popular summer beach location. The train station and ferry are in the same terminal. https://www.longislandferry.com/default.aspx

Or, you can get off the train in Kingston, RI and take the private shuttle service to the Martha's Vineyard ferry, another popular summer beach destination. You would need to book the shuttle in advance and ferries too.

vineyardfastferry.com/marthas_vineyard_ferry…

Another option is to take the train to Boston and then get the Cape Flyer, the summer-only train from South Station in Boston to Hyannis, on Cape Cod. Lots of beautiful beaches on the Cape. You can also take a bus from Boston to Hyannis.

http://capeflyer.com/#sthash.p8bKvIlx.dpbs

The other way to get around by train is to take the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston to Maine. Portland, Maine, is one of the stops on the train. A really lively city with a great foodie culture, nightlife, shopping, etc., In the summer, the train stops at Old Orchard Beach in Maine, which is a popular beach town with a definite "fun fair" atmosphere, which may not be to everyone's taste.

The issue with taking the train to a location is that once you get there you are stuck without a car. We are a total car culture here! Some of these places, like the Cape, have some local bus service. Do not expect there to be taxis waiting at the train stations for passengers because taxis are rare outside of the city. If there is a taxi company, you would need to book it in advance.

Day Trips By Train:

From Boston, you can take the commuter rail (or a ferry in summer) to Salem, MA which makes a nice day trip. Lots to see in Salem, famous for its "Witch Trials". Start at the very informative Visitor Center, which provides directions to the various historical sights around the city. There is a trolley in summer to show you the sights. Across from the Visitor Center is the excellent Peabody Essex Museum and a short walk away is the waterfront Maritime National Park.

You can ride the same commuter line that stops in Salem further north to the towns of Newburyport, Gloucester and Rockport for more coastal New England sightseeing. The commuter rail trains do not run very frequently during the day and on weekends as they are meant primarily for daily commuting to work, so best to look at the schedule before you go.

www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/…

You can also take the commuter rail from Boston to Concord, which has a number of sights relating to the Revolutionary War (including the Old North Bridge), the small but interesting Concord Museum and a few historical houses open to the public. Concord also has an old-fashioned, pretty downtown with a number of boutiques and places to eat. The Liberty trolley will take you to nearby Lexington for more Revolutionary War history. (If you are coming before July, FYI there is no weekend service on this line due to track work).

Hope this helps!

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2. Re: Itinerary help please

Hi

Thanks so much for this really helpful message.

so after looking and exploring i think the best places for us to go would be to use the Amtrak NYC- Boston route and stop in Providence, RI. then a few days in Boston and the Downeaster up to Portland and then come back to Boston and head over to Cape Cod. we wanted to try and get in somewhere in vermont but would this be possible?

my other question is if we were to go from montreal to boston would that allow us to see more of new engalnd?

thanks so much for the help

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Wouldn't it make beautiful sense for there to be a direct train from Boston to Montreal?? Yes it would and I would love it! Sadly, there isn't one. You can, however, get to Montreal from New York City by taking Amtrak (the "Adirondack"). This route does not go through Vermont, however, it goes through upstate New York and is supposed to be a very scenic ride. It is about a 10 hour ride from New York City to Montreal. Montreal is a beautiful city, especially in the summer months and it has a very active nightlife scene.

If you want to see Vermont, you can take the Vermonter (Amtrak) from New York City. It goes up to northern VT with a number of stops. The problem there is that much of Vermont is rural and once you get off the train, you have no way of getting to your hotel. Public transportation is rare. A small city like Burlington would be a good choice because it does have public transit and a nice small downtown with shops and restaurants.

FYI about Providence: There are not really many places there that would be of interest to visitors. On nights and weekends when the offices and businesses are shut, it is pretty quiet, especially in the summer when the college students from Brown are gone. There is Federal Hill, a neighborhood with a number of Italian restaurants; RISD Art Museum and the neighborhood around Brown, which has cafes, shops, etc. Also, an indoor shopping mall in the center of the city. That's about it.

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You could possibly think about skipping Providence, going straight to boston and from there take the ferry out to Provincetown. It is known as a very gay friendly town, but I haven't met anyone straight or gay that dislikes Provincetown, and you could hit the beach from there. I've only done day trips to Ptown so you might check with others as to if this should be considered a 2 or 3 day stop.

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5. Re: Itinerary help please

Hi

Thanks for all the help

so, we have revised the scheduele and decided to rent a car, we are thinking of doing the following:

NYC to montreal via Brunswick and vermont,

Montreal to Portland with an overnight stop...suggestions would be great

Portland to Boston

Boston to RI

RI back to NYC

do you think that this is 1) do-able in 15 nights and 2) seeing the best of New england?

also with the orute descibed where would be good stop offs between destinations for a night

thanks for the help

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