New England trip ideas
Mercifully small in the grand scheme of the United States, New England lets you cover a lot of ground. Most of our suggested routes for touring the region are based around getting behind the wheel. Our USA specialists have driven the length and breadth of this compact collection of states and can recommend the best itineraries depending on what you want to experience.
We recommend tracing New England’s jagged coastline, out of which Cape Cod extends like a flexed arm. Then move inland to explore more of New Hampshire’s southern lakes region, Maine’s forests where moose rule supreme, and Vermont’s white-clapboard villages.
Ideas for your trip to New England
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in New England, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Explore the Museum of Modern Art after hours in a totally private experience.
Take in the history and culture of Boston.
Scale the Cog Railway in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Sail out into the Newport harbour in an authentic America’s Cup yacht.
Relax on the pristine beaches of Chatham, Cape Cod.
Discover the revolutionary history of Boston on a guided tour of the Freedom Trail.
Explore the rugged coastline of Maine, dotted with lighthouses and quaint seaside towns.
Wander through the picturesque villages and rolling hills of Vermont.
Take in panoramic views from atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire's magnificent White Mountains.
Go whale watching off the waters of Cape Cod.
Explore the beautiful, cultural city of Boston.
Taste classic New England dishes on a culinary walking tour.
Discover the picturesque coastal town of Kennebunkport.
Take in the serene natural beauty of Acadia National Park.
Explore Boston's rich history, including its role in the American Revolution.
Experience the bright lights of New York City, visiting the statue of Liberty and Central Park.
See the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
Take a tour around the museums, monuments and memorials in Washington D.C.
Tour the cobblestone streets of Boston's North End.
Take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Soak up the culture of the Berkshires in Stockbridge.
Board the 'Hornblower' boat to explore magnificent Niagara Falls.
Some of our favourite travel guides
New England has beautiful scenery and a shoreline dotted with lighthouses and clapboard houses. The surrounding waters offer you the opportunity to spot whales and the pleasant roads mean it's particularly well suited to self-drive trips.View this travel guide
One-time resident Dawn suggests a self-drive route through New England. It allows you to take in the cobbled streets of Boston, the rocky Maine coast, the White Mountains, Vermont’s winding country lanes and the sandy shores of Cape Cod.View this travel guide
Boston offers a host of historical sites and cultural institutions, including the Revolutionary War history of the Freedom Trail and the ivied halls of Harvard University. But its cobblestone streets are compact and walkable, making it one of America’s most accessible cities.View this travel guide
Fall unfurls across New England like a patchwork quilt of scarlet, ochre, russet and gold. Specialist Alice suggests a route that will let you take in the region’s sleepy shore towns, granite mountains, clapboard villages and, of course, the vibrant foliage.View this travel guide