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List of Itineraries For New England

As Published In The Karen Brown Guide.

Total Number of Itineraries in this list: 6

Boston: A Grand Beginning

Boston, the economic and intellectual center of New England and, historically, America’s cradle of liberty, is the stage on which much of the drama of the earliest years of our country took place. It is here that the Colonies, which evolved into the present United States, were first established. The capital city of Massachusetts, Boston was first settled in the 17th century, but it was the 18th century that saw the growing rift between the English Parliament and the colonists in what was referred to as the Bay Colony. Many of the historic sites and buildings in Boston, and the towns surrounding it, are associated with this period of separation from the Crown.

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Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s

Travel south from Boston—to the coastal villages and fishing harbors of Cape Cod, out to the enticing islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, on to the gracious mansions of Newport—and back to Boston. Along the way, you have ample opportunities for antiquing, and you’ll come to love the weathered architecture that gave its name to the “Cape” style of building. The north shore of the Cape along Route 6A is my favorite. It’s much quieter, less populated, and much less commercial than the towns along Route 28 to the south, and there is a real sense of community here. In the warm months, flower gardens thrive on Cape Cod, especially roses, which seem almost to engulf the houses in early June.

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New Hampshire Beckons

New England is special at any time of the year, but there is simply nowhere on earth where you can experience nature’s changing colors as you can here. When the days become shorter, the nights turn cool, the first frost coats the lawn, and the roof shingles sparkle with their early-morning ice, New England prepares for the magic season of fall foliage. Trees, shrubs, flowers and weeds all begin the transformation that changes their color from green to multiple hues of red, orange, and gold—and a million shades in between. It’s simply a time of magic! It’s also the time when nature performs a brilliant display reminiscent of fireworks on the fourth of July. It’s a time to be in New England. This itinerary weaves a journey through the backroads of New Hampshire to experience the splendor and glory of New England’s fall foliage.

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Route 7 and New Hampshire

This itinerary takes you up Route 7 and into New Hampshire. A trip to New England should include a drive along the western edge of the region through the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Fortunately, Route 7 follows the contours of this western edge almost exactly and is the backbone of this itinerary. The itinerary then weaves a journey through the backroads of New Hampshire to experience the splendor and glory of New England’s fall foliage.

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Sturbridge and the Connecticut Shore

This itinerary takes the traveler from Boston to Lexington and Concord, sites of historical events which led to the founding of the Colonies, and from there westward to Sturbridge Village and south to the Connecticut shoreline, with a visit to Mystic Seaport. This is an especially good route for those with children since the historical sites have guides who theatrically depict the events that took place in days now long gone.

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The Byways of Coastal Maine
There are many wonderful itineraries in New England and none is more different from the rest than the trip up the coast of Maine with its rugged beauty and picturesque charm. In the lower portions of the coast the seaside villages are all relatively near the road, while above Portland the geology of the Ice Age created long fingers into the sea as the ice retreated and you have to travel miles down winding backcountry roads to reach the tips of some peninsulas. What makes this itinerary so special is the fact that your pace is by necessity very leisurely since the roads wind from one lovely town or harbor to the next. You couldn’t drive fast if you wanted to—and, believe me, you won’t want to.
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