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Boston/NE : A week in Oct................

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Boston/NE : A week in Oct................

Hi folks

My partner and i are looking to book a weeks break from 20-27 Oct, we are hoping to visit boston for 3-4 days thern hire a car and visit another area.

We are looking for suggestions for our itinerary? We are quite keen on history and really want to experience the famous New England fall!!

All suggestions welcome...



NB: i previously posted and received some great advice re: a Christmas trip, that is no longer possible, hence this post...

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1. Re: Boston/NE : A week in Oct................

You mentioned "experiencing: the fall. While the fall is beautiful and there's a lot going on, I just wanted to make sure you are not expecting to see the fall folliage. You'll really be late for that and would need to be a couple of weeks earlier.


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Unfortunately, Alanm is correct. By that time in October, the fall foliage is long gone.

As far as history goes, you will see plenty in Boston, if you walk the Freedom Trail and take some of the tours, such as the Ducks or the Trolleys.

Although you are too late for fall foliage, you would be right on time for the Halloween madness in Salem. If you are fans of Halloween, and you don't mind some crowds, heading up to Salem that time of year can be a lot of fun. There's a lot to see, and lots of history too. Also, it's very easy to get there from Boston, via the MBTA commuter rail from North Station.

Another good historic site which would be fun that time of year, is the Plimouth Plantation. Being that it's heading into Thanksgiving season, they have quite a lot of activities as well.

Otherwise, let us know what interests you and we can give you some more suggestions. New England has a lot to see and do, much more than we can tell you about here.

I do have one other suggestion. Go to the tourism websites for the New England states. Each state has one. Order the free tourism guide that each state offers. There are some good ideas in there as well.

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I don't agree that ALL the foliage is gone. It really depends, and in milder areas there should still be some color. October is a great time to come to Boston and surrounding area!

Some really good areas to consider for your non-Boston leg:

North of Boston - visit Marblehead, Rockport, Gloucester and Cape Ann for a day or day and a half, then drive further north to southern Maine -- Portland is delightful and has a nice harbor area. However if you might prefer a small town kind of Maine experience, consider Rockland and/or Camden Maine. Camden is particularly pretty and has lots of inns and B&Bs. Be sure to poke around on roads that are along the coast, maybe around Brunswick.

Another idea - first stop in Concord and Lexington, then head farther west in Massachusetts. Very historic in Concord/Lexington, of course! Both towns are also very pleasant for walking around. Heading west, I'd recommend a stop in Northampton for 1/2 day. Have a meal, wander around this funky town, see the campus of Smith College. But the Berkshires are even farther west. The town of Lenox is, I think, kind of the center of the action. If possible, I recommend also getting to Williamstown which is beautiful and has the famed Clark art museum at Williams College.

Another idea would be to head to Cape Cod. Most of the towns on Cape Cod are charming, although everyone has their favorites. Since you like history I think you would like traveling at least a little bit on Route 6A, the "Old King's Highway". I was just there -- it is very very beautiful and winds through many small towns, past old buildings, salt marshes, clam shacks etc. (but if you're in a big rush, the main highway through Cape Cod is Route 6) But for history, I'd say go to Provincetown for a couple of days. There's the pilgrim history, plus the early 20th century artistic history, which is still a big part of the town. It's a gorgeous place. Not just the town but also the very nearby nature preserve (part of the National Seashore). Another plus to this itinerary is that you could stop at Plimouth Plantation on your way to or from the Cape. I agree that Plimouth Plantation is a great idea for anyone interested in history, plus it is in a rather beautiful spot right near the water.

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For a one week trip I would suggest 4 days in boston, including a one day train trip up to Salem for Haunted happenings. Early int eh morning on Day 5 (24th) head West on route 2 through concord/lexington, don't forget Walden pond. In the afternoon Follow Route 2 up to Jaffrey, NH Hike Mt Monadnock and spend the night Day 6 (25th) Continue West to Northampton/Amherst/South Deerfield enjoy the shops and college town atmosphere spend the night than on the Day 7 (26th) drop down to the Mass Pike and stop at Sturbridge on the way back to Boston go to Old Sturbridge Village www.osv.org.

Another idea could be to head down to Newport RI. visit the fabulous mansions http://www.newportmansions.org and cliffwalk and you can continue into Conneticut and check out historic mystic seaport. http://www.mysticseaport.org

If you like to gamble there are 2 very large Indian run casinos in this area of CT. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. Foxwoods is the largest freestanding casino (in the world?)

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