Round Trip through New England
New England – a region you probably remember from your English lessons. Wasn’t there the Mayflower and the Boston Tea Party? A look at the map tells us more: The cities are called Plymouth, Manchester or Worcester, which sounds very much like England. In addition, there is a dense network of interstates and highways, which suggests a lot of traffic. And indeed, with the exception of Maine, the states are quite small compared to the states in the West. Nevertheless, 15 million people live here (for comparison: Nevada is 1.5 times larger than New England and has 3 million inhabitants). Ok, let’s got into the hustle.
We start our journey in Boston, by far the largest city in the region and also the capital of Massachusetts. We follow the Freedom Trail, a red stripe of 5 kilometers that leads to the city’s most significant historical sites. Also worth visiting is the campus of the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the suburb of Cambridge, which features some modern buildings designed by architect Frank Gehry.
We leave the Boston metropolitan area and reach the wide beaches of the Atlantic Ocean for the first time at Halibut Point State Park. We cross the border into Maine, stop at the summer residence of the Bush family in Kennebunkport and spend the night in Portland, the American harbor closest to Europe. On our way north we visit Two Lights State Park on Cape Elizabeth (beautiful lighthouse) and Camden Hills State Park (great view from Mount Battie).
Our destination in the north is Acadia National Park, the only national park in New England; the Park Loop Road leads to many spectacular viewpoints along the coast up to Cadillac Mountain. Close to the park is the tranquil city of Bar Harbor; however, it is only tranquil as long as thousands of tourists from a cruise ship anchored in the harbor do not pour into the town. Stephen King’s home is located in Bangor – a must for all fans of the scary king.
We’ve never been to Canada before, but that’s something we are going to change. After two hours through lonely forests we cross the border, and another two hours later we reach Lévis on the southern banks of the huge St. Lawrence River. From here we explore Québec City, probably the most European city in Canada, the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency with its spectacular waterfalls and the massive pilgrimage church in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Via Trois-Rivières we arrive at Québec’s largest city, Montréal, where we spend another two days. A few years later we will visit those places again on a big tour through Québec.
Back in the USA, Vermont is the next state on our list. We stroll through the pedestrian mall of the university town of Burlington, and after a night in Stowe, go for a hike up to Mount Mansfield (with 1.340 meters not very high if you know the Rockies, but really high in this area).
In Montpelier, the smallest capital of all American states, we take a look at the State Capitol, and in the afternoon we have coffee and cake at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods. In this luxury hotel – by the way, we are in New Hampshire now – the conference that led to the founding of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund took place in 1944. Also recommended is Franconia Notch State Park with the spectacular Flume Gorge and a trip to Mount Cannon, which can be reached by cable car.
Via the nice university town of Hanover and the picture-book town of Woodstock with the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park, we head into the Green Mountains. At the end of the mountain range is Williamstown, our starting point for a trip to Mount Greylock (at 1,063 meters the highest mountain in Massachusetts) and to MassMoCA in North Adams, one of the most important museums for modern art in the USA.
Now it’s time for Connecticut and Talcot Mountain State Park, which we reach after a drive through a picture-book landscape with picture-book towns and picture-book cottages – that’s how you imagine New England. Hiking to Heublein Tower in the park is worthwhile, as is a visit to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the state capital. Our first ALDI in the USA in New Britain is a highlight that probably only the author can appreciate!
The last New England state on our journey and the smallest state in the USA by area is Rhode Island with its capital Newport, where we visit historic downtown and some striking mansions. We finish our round trip at Cape Cod, the Sylt of America. The small towns like Sandwich, Orleans or Eastham are pretty nice; in the far north is Provincetown, our final location. After two days of lighthouses, beaches and lots of Atlantic coast, we stop by Plymouth (where the Pilgrim Fathers landed in 1620 – see English book); a replica of the Mayflower lies at the harbor. Then we head back to Logan International Airport in Boston.
|01||Boston Airport (BOS)||Boston||010 m / 015 km|
|02||Boston||Boston||000 m / 000 km|
|03||Boston||Portland||165 m / 265 km|
|04||Portland||Bar Harbor||170 m / 275 km|
|05||Bar Harbor||Bangor||060 m / 095 km|
|06||Bangor||Lévis||220 m / 355 km|
|07||Lévis||Québec City||000 m / 000 km|
|08||Lévis||Ste. Anne-de-Beaupré||080 m / 130 km|
|09||Lévis||Montréal||170 m / 275 km|
|10||Montréal||Montréal||000 m / 000 km|
|11||Montréal||Stowe||145 m / 235 km|
|12||Stowe||Mount Mansfield||020 m / 030 km|
|13||Stowe||North Conway||135 m / 220 km|
|14||North Conway||White River Junction||110 m / 180 km|
|15||White River Junction||Williamstown||120 m / 195 km|
|16||Williamstown||Mount Greylock||030 m / 050 km|
|17||Williamstown||Hartfort/New Britain||140 m / 225 km|
|18||Hartfort/New Britain||Fall River||130 m / 210 km|
|19||Fall River||Provincetown||105 m / 170 km|
|20||Provincetown||Provincetown||040 m / 065 km|
|21||Provincetown||Boston Airport (BOS)||120 m / 195 km|
|Total||1.970 m / 3.185 km|