Driving around New England
One of our North America Experts Jules lives and breathes USA and as of this year, she’s managed to visit 33 out of 50 States. Over the next few months she’ll be recounting a few of her recent adventures with us. After her time in Boston, which you can read about here
, she went on a self-drive adventure around New England!
Self-drive itineraries aren’t always the favoured option for people travelling around the States. I get that people can be worried about being on the other side of the road and a slightly different set of rules, though in my experiences it’s been nothing but easy. USA is meant to be driven, so much so they have iconic road trips that you’re bound to know the name of, without even knowing exactly where it goes.
New England was very easy to drive around and between the states the longest we did was around 3 hours. We made our way around this area by starting in Boston, making our way to Portsmouth NH, then to Portland ME, Woodstock in the White Mountains, before stopping off in Stowe and Burlington VT before heading back to Boston. Most of the drives were only about an hour or two, so it was pretty cruisey for the most part. Between each of these locations there were always good roads and scenery that never failed to take my breath away.
As for a few of my highlights, you can’t visit New England without having Lobster and Portland, Maine is the place to do it. This vibrant port town is simply the best for fresh Lobster and you can even take a tour to catch your own. Fancy yourself a rail enthusiast? The Mt Washington Cog Railway in the White Mountains should be calling your name, though even if you’re not into rail it’s still a thrilling ride along the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway.
A journey around New England feels like it’s very much about leaving big cities behind and experiencing small town America. During my journey we found ourselves in roadside diners, Pumpkin Patches, 4-5 Churches per small town and we always ended up finding friendly locals in each place.
This trip was a bucket list trip for myself and offered such variety of experiences it is very hard to encapsulate the wonder of this part of the US in a short piece, I simply urge you all to travel here and experience this wonderful destination for yourself. Whether you take up the minimum week to dip your toes, or take a leisurely pace over 10-14 days, a journey up in New England is definitely worth it.
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