New England is a great place for a fly-drive holiday - it’s compact and manageable with comfortable mileages, yet brimming with variety. Within a 90-minute drive of Boston you can be walking a shore path in Maine, climbing a mountain in New Hampshire or marvelling at the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island.
New England fly-drive holidays have something for everyone at any time of the year. The New England region presents four distinct seasonal personalities: Lush summers are perfect for exploring superb beaches, or cycling along shady country lanes. Fall is perfectly suited to driving lazily through mountains blanketed with gold-and-red fall foliage.
Crystal-sharp winters beckon you to ski perfect pistes or potter around antique shops lining peaceful village greens, while Spring turns into Summer with a touch of warmth and a riot of colour - lilacs, peonies and the blossoming dogwood trees.
Boston The proud Yankee city of Boston will be your gateway to the region, and it’s well worth a two or three night stay at the beginning of your New England holiday. Unique amongst American cities in being steeped in history on a European scale, Boston is a pleasing blend of the old and new.
Start by walking the ‘Freedom Trail’, a three-mile route that takes you around sixteen of the city's most important landmarks. Contemporary city life is captured at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, enlivened by clowns and magicians. The busy city streets can be avoided by taking the ‘T’ subway – use it to make a visit to the fascinating Kennedy Library and Museum at Columbia Point.
Boston is the state capital of Massachusetts , the largest of the six states which make up New England. Away from the big city you will find a contrasting terrain; from the rolling hills of the Berkshires to the outstretched arm that is Cape Cod with its seaside towns and miles of sandy beaches.
New Hampshire features in almost all New England holidays with its picture perfect villages nestled beneath mountain scenery, including Mount Washington - at over 6,000 feet it’s the highest peak in Northern Eastern USA.
Tiny Rhode Island , just 37 miles east to west and 48 miles north to south is a sailing paradise. Settle into a pavement cafe in Newport on a summer’s afternoon to gaze upon the sleek schooners on the water and the opulent mansions, once the summer homes of families such as the Vanderbilts and Astors.
Our New England escorted tour partners are experts in the field. We're pleased to work with world renowned luxury specialist, Tauck Tours and also the popular four-star Trafalgar Tours. For Fall foliage escorted tours consider Autumn Colours , Hidden Gems of New England and Grand New England .
If you’d like to include outdoor activity as part of your New England holiday then History, Hamlets and Hiking in New England fly-drive invites you to hike as part of your trip...a great way of breathing in the fresh air and the glorious scenery.
Some of our New England holiday options concentrate on stays in small inns and bed and breakfasts. It’s a sociable and personal way to enjoy the area. The innkeepers and hosts tend to be outgoing types who are a mine of information about local and regional must-sees. We recommend New England Luxury Inns and Hotels tour and Coastal New England Inns and Resorts .
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.