New England and North Eastern USA
The six states of New England are some of the nation's most historic and undeniably beautiful. Here you can enjoy a friendly and relaxed pace of life whilst discovering quintessential New England villages and small towns, with picturesque village greens, covered bridges, lighthouses and fishing harbours. Enjoy distinctive New England food, such as clam chowder and lobster, especially along the coastline where you will also find artists' colonies with galleries and museums.
From the glorious ocean beaches of Cape Cod, the stunning White Mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest, to the rolling Berkshire Hills and Connecticut countryside there really is no shortage of stunning vistas and photograph opportunities in this beautiful part of the states.
Whilst the whole region has become famous as one of the best places in the world to view the magnificent display of changing fall colours, the entire north-eastern USA is a great holiday choice year round. The winter months bring wonderful opportunities for skiing and skating and then as the days lengthen in spring the landscape instead offers ideal weather for hiking and biking and also opportunities to go whale watching. Finally, the long summer days are perfect for all kinds of vacation and beach activity, with swimming and boating along the seashore and on freshwater lakes. Summer also brings a cultural feast with one festival after another throughout the different states.
Massachusetts - The Bay State
Massachusetts is arguably the state that most people first associate with New England. The state has many highlights, including the city of Boston. See the city from a local's perspective by catching a Red Sox game. Eat cannoli in the old Italian neighbourhood of North End.
National Parks: The Cape Cod National Seashore; over 40,000 acres of protected beach and dunes stretching from Provincetown to Chatham.
Don't miss: The Berkshires; with stunning scenery quintessential New England towns and World Class museums on offer, culture and history abound.
Featured in our Freedom Trail, Southern New England Discovery, Maine Coastal Explorer, Five Mountains of North East America, Lakes and Mountains of New England and Boston to New York by the Beaches itineraries.
New Hampshire - The Granite State
This state is home to some beautiful natural landscapes. The White Mountains are the location for 48 of the state's peaks in excess of 4,000ft and the highest mountain in the North East - Mt. Washington.
The Lakes Region; Winnipesaukee, Squam, Winnisquam, Waukewan and Wicwas Lakes offer beautiful landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Also visit Crawford Notch State Park for its picturesque waterfalls, amazing mountain views and opportunities to view wildlife.
Featured in our Freedom Trail, The Five Mountains of North East America and Lakes and Mountains of New England itineraries.
Maine - The Pine Tree State
Maine is the largest state of New England, bigger than the other five states combined and is home to the Acadia National Park; a beautiful landscape where you can watch the sun rise before anybody else in the USA.
Don't miss: Camden. A town so scenic, it has been used as the backdrop for many well known films. Kennebunkport is well known for its large seaside estates, including the 'Bush Compound' on Walker's Point, a peninsula visible from Ocean Avenue.
Featured in our Freedom Trail and Maine Coast Explorer itineraries.
Vermont - The Green Mountain State
In Woodstock, Vermont, visit the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park - the USA's smallest National Park. In Burlington, cycle or walk the path once the Central Vermont Railway, crossing beaches and parks with views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.
Don't miss: The Quechee Gorge, Vermont's deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago.
Featured in our Freedom Trail, The Big Apple and Beyond, The Five Mountains of North East America and Lakes and Mountains of New England itineraries.
Rhode Island - The Ocean State
Newport is the main city area of Rhode Island; enjoy spectacular, wide open ocean views and marvel at the multi-million dollar mansions dotted along '10 Mile' or Ocean Drive. Bristol is a quaint and historic town and is often regarded as one of Rhode Island's best kept secrets.
Don't miss: Witness 100 bonfires illuminate the riverfront during 'Waterfire Providence' in the town of Providence.
Featured in our Freedom Trail and Southern New England Discovery itineraries.
Connecticut - The Constitution State
No visit to Connecticut would be complete without a visit to Mystic Seaport and Aquarium. The Thimble Islands are an archipelago of several small islands in Long Island Sound in and around the harbour of Stony Creek.
Don't miss: Visit the former homes of writers Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe in the pretty, ivy league town of Hartford.
Featured in our Freedom Trail and Southern New England Discovery itineraries.
Many of our itineraries also feauture states further afield than New England, such as Illinois, Washington DC and the Great Lakes States.
Washington DC & The Capital Region
The city of Washington, in the District of Columbia, and the four surrounding states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware are collectively known as the Capital Region. Since the days of the first American colonies, US history has been shaped here, from the Jamestown landings to the battles of the Revolutionary and Civil wars to more recent civil rights milestones.
Washington DC, itself, with its familiar and magnificent monumental architecture, is an essential stop on any tour of the region. Virginia, to the south, is home to hundreds of historic sites, from the estates of revolutionary leaders and early politicians to the Colonial capital of Williamsburg. Great expanses of wilderness, crashing whitewater rivers, and innumerable backwoods villages await you in less-visited West Virginia.
Maryland is best known for the maritime traditions of Chesapeake Bay, and its quaint old villages. The City of Baltimore is full of character, especially in the grand old Fell's Point district, where many of the city’s bars are situated. Meantime Annapolis, the pleasant state capital, is linked by bridge and ferry to the Eastern shore.
Featured in our Cruisin' the Capital Region and Heritage Highways
Chicago & Illinois
Must sees are the Museum Campus with the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium; the Art Institute of Chicago, John Hancock Observatory and the Willis Tower Sky Deck. Don't miss the 'Magnificent Mile' - North Michigan Avenue and its amazing array of over 460 stores.
Chicago is also the start of Route 66. You can cruise down 'The Mother Road' and see the famous sites on your way to Springfield, the state capital. Start your journey with one of America's most famous presidents at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, an interactive museum that is one-of-a-kind in Illinois.
Outside Chicago, the rest of Illinois makes the perfect holiday destination with a multitude of exciting things to see and do. The 18 communities of metropolitan Chicago include Oak Park, home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Travel further to Rockford and see the Anderson Japanese Gardens, or nestled along the mighty Mississippi River is the Quad Cities, the long time home of John Deere.
Away from the city, the state is also home to no less than seven National Scenic Byways, with the Historic National Road Scenic Byway being one of the 32 All-American Roads in the nation.
Featured in our Grand Tour of the Great Lakes and Illinois' Great River Road itineraries.
The Great Lakes States
The shores of these inland seas can rival any coastline - Lake Superior alone is more than three hundred miles from east to west. Within the first hundred miles or so of the lake shores, especially in Wisconsin and Minnesota, tens of thousands of smaller lakes and tumbling streams are scattered through a beautiful and unspoilt rural wilderness. The northern reaches of Lake Michigan offer stunning rocky peninsulas, tree-covered islands, mammoth dunes, and deserted beaches. Whilst the serene Apostle Islands National Seashore in northern Wisconsin is as contrasting as you can imagine to the lively Chicago lakeshore.
Sharing this mixture of natural beauty and aging industry, is the unmissable 'Windy City' of Chicago as well as smaller, intriguing cities and towns like Detroit, Rockford and Springfield on Route 66. Not forgetting Bloomington - home to the famous Mall of America - where hundreds of stores, an amusement park, bars and restaurants galore offer a destination within itself!
Featured in our Grand Tour of the Great Lakes itinerary.
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