New England Road Trip

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  • Fletche 16 Jul 2012 09:48:55 3,418 posts
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    It is a long way off (well Sep '13) but after the success of the Vegas/San Francisco/LA trip the planning has begun for a road trip around New England, starting with three days in New York, followed by a train to Boston and then 14 days of exploration.

    Anyone been? And if so, where is a must visit? Hoping to do all six states starting and ending in Boston.
  • localnotail 16 Jul 2012 10:02:25 23,084 posts
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    3 days is not enough for New York. When you say New England, how far down does that include?
  • Fletche 16 Jul 2012 10:11:01 3,418 posts
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    Yeah, would like longer in New York but with limited time we want to try and fit as much in as possible, plus we can always go back at another time.

    As for New England the most southern point we would be looking at it the Connecticut/Rhode Island coast although I think most of the trip would be more targeted at the north, so Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
  • Trafford 16 Jul 2012 10:31:33 6,897 posts
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    I like Vermont, the Von Trapp family settled there dontcha know.
    Good for hiking and mountain biking.
    Ben&Jerry's factory tour is a must.
  • TheSaint 16 Jul 2012 10:35:47 15,788 posts
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    If possible you'd be much better going in late October for the stunning Autumn scenery.
  • Fab4 16 Jul 2012 11:33:13 6,797 posts
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    You should visit Kennebunkport...lovely little town. Plus you can go and see the Bush family residence just outside the town (and quite probably get your photo on an FBI file :D)

    Then there is Cranberry World in Plymouth, or visit one of the cranberry farms that are open to the public. They usually make their own cranberry wine, which is gorgeous.

    Edit: It would seem that Cranberry World is no longer...shame.

    Edited by Fab4 at 11:46:29 16-07-2012
  • Fletche 16 Jul 2012 12:25:32 3,418 posts
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    :( I was quite taken with Cranberry World, Kennebunkport is one town on the list so far, after picking the car up in Boston will be a nice short(ish) drive for the first day.

    Was hoping to go in October but Mrs Fletche has an exam so have had to compromise with late September, hopefully the colours changes will have begun, up north anyway, plus will miss Columbus Day
  • Flying_Pig 16 Jul 2012 14:29:40 13,062 posts
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    Only been to Boston, but really liked it. It'll be a nice change after the bustle of NY.

    In terms of Boston, I'd focus on the City Centre, and ignore Harvard and Boston Tea party stuff. We did go up to USS Constitution (old US iron clad), but how much you enjoy it, really depends on how interested in US history etc you are.

    One thing we didn't do, but wish we had was to see a baseball game at Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) - I don't know whether they play baseball in September, and it's pretty expensive, but I'm gutted we didn't do it.
  • Fab4 16 Jul 2012 14:38:13 6,797 posts
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    Flying_Pig wrote:
    Only been to Boston, but really liked it. It'll be a nice change after the bustle of NY.

    In terms of Boston, I'd focus on the City Centre, and ignore Harvard and Boston Tea party stuff. We did go up to USS Constitution (old US iron clad), but how much you enjoy it, really depends on how interested in US history etc you are.

    One thing we didn't do, but wish we had was to see a baseball game at Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) - I don't know whether they play baseball in September, and it's pretty expensive, but I'm gutted we didn't do it.
    I managed to see (we were in the bleachers so seeing is a relative term) a Red Sox game. You didn't miss much. The same ambiance can be recreated with a bunch of drunk people and a beachball. :D

    Edited by Fab4 at 14:38:36 16-07-2012
  • tomhollywood7 14 Oct 2014 13:25:22 54 posts
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    Fletche wrote:
    :( I was quite taken with Cranberry World, Kennebunkport is one town on the list so far, after picking the car up in Boston will be a nice short(ish) drive for the first day.

    Was hoping to go in October but Mrs Fletche has an exam so have had to compromise with late September, hopefully the colours changes will have begun, up north anyway, plus will miss Columbus Day
    How did the road trip work out in the end?

    New England is next on my list.

    Just did West Coast again this summer and loved it (Vegas > Lone Pine > Lee Vining > Sonora > San Fran > Carmel > San Luis Obispo > Seal Beach).

    I want East Coast next time though so the flights aren't as long!
  • Deleted user 14 October 2014 13:36:47
    I'm not looking for a New England.
  • tomhollywood7 14 Oct 2014 13:48:19 54 posts
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    @Bremenacht are you looking for another girl? :-P
  • Deleted user 22 January 2015 15:23:49
    Yo. Because I am a jammy sod I am going to Boston/surrounds for a week in March. Tips? The above and?

    I like walking, the sea, warm fires and cultural shit. GSOH pref.
  • PES_Fanboy 22 Jan 2015 15:33:16 25,232 posts
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    Prepare to be shown around lots of historical sights which are about twenty years old, in hushed, hallowed, reverential tones.

    I've always wondered what it's like for a European going around North America. Imagine the whole "and this house is over TWO HUNDRED YEARS OLD" bullshit is a bit tiresome
  • StarchildHypocrethes 22 Jan 2015 15:39:02 27,677 posts
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    Whilst not that old in the grand scheme of things, I find all the Revolutionary War stuff properly interesting.
  • Gremmoo 22 Jan 2015 16:31:51 1,699 posts
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    Go to the bar from Cheers. Go to the Sam Adams Brewery. Say something disparaging about the Irish and get set upon by people who think wearing green on St Patrick's Day and calling it Baaaaahstin means you're American-Irish.
  • X201 22 Jan 2015 16:38:59 16,676 posts
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    tomhollywood7 wrote:
    @Bremenacht are you looking for another girl? :-P
    Well done sir
    :)
  • anephric 22 Jan 2015 16:47:13 1,037 posts
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    I'm thinking about going to Boston, but having a week in Cape Cod as well. It's only an hour and a half drive.
  • TheSaint 22 Jan 2015 17:02:56 15,788 posts
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    How far are you willing to drive? Acadia National Park in Maine is worth the trip:

    http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
  • Dougs 22 Jan 2015 17:43:48 72,991 posts
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    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    Prepare to be shown around lots of historical sights which are about twenty years old, in hushed, hallowed, reverential tones.

    I've always wondered what it's like for a European going around North America. Imagine the whole "and this house is over TWO HUNDRED YEARS OLD" bullshit is a bit tiresome
    Ha, similarly, one of my mates was shown the oldest brick built house on NZ by some friends of his, all very proud. Until his reply was 'my mum's house is older than that'.
  • Deleted user 22 January 2015 18:10:45
    To be fair to the Yanks, some of their institutions are pretty old. Harvard was founded 1636, for instance.

    Anyway, I want to:

    a) eat a ridiculously large meal or 5
    b) engage in somewhat tense debate about something with a host (my dad did this about Vietnam back in the day and for some reason I love the idea)
    c) see some nice shit. Boston tourist board hoooo!
  • Trafford 22 Jan 2015 18:41:30 6,897 posts
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    The Freedom Trail around Boston is worth the walk.
    Get the ferry to Nantucket from Hyannis.
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