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New England

Maine • Vermont • New Hampshire • Connecticut • Rhode Island • Massachusetts • (Québec)

Maine • Vermont • New Hampshire • Connecticut • Rhode Island • Massachusetts • (Québec)

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.

Cities, Nature, Art – Have a look…

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.

Route Description

01Boston Airport (BOS)Boston010 m / 015 km
02BostonBoston000 m / 000 km
03BostonPortland165 m / 265 km
04PortlandBar Harbor170 m / 275 km
05Bar HarborBangor060 m / 095 km
06BangorLévis220 m / 355 km
07LévisQuébec City000 m / 000 km
08LévisSte. Anne-de-Beaupré080 m / 130 km
09LévisMontréal170 m / 275 km
10MontréalMontréal000 m / 000 km
11MontréalStowe145 m / 235 km
12StoweMount Mansfield020 m / 030 km
13StoweNorth Conway135 m / 220 km
14North ConwayWhite River Junction110 m / 180 km
15White River JunctionWilliamstown120 m / 195 km
16WilliamstownMount Greylock030 m / 050 km
17WilliamstownHartfort/New Britain140 m / 225 km
18Hartfort/New BritainFall River130 m / 210 km
19Fall RiverProvincetown105 m / 170 km
20ProvincetownProvincetown040 m / 065 km
21ProvincetownBoston Airport (BOS)120 m / 195 km
Total1.970 m / 3.185 km

The Journey in Pictures