12 day self drive itinerary

Best of New England

Discover the birthplace of America

Tour New England from the Wild West coast of Maine to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, The Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. This is one of the most popular regions for driving tours in the US. This self drive has everything from rivers and lakes, forest and mountain ranges. 

Why not upgrade your accommodation on this self drive to the quaint Inns that you'll see in every village and town, this will give you the real feel for the best of New England. 

This self drive runs from the 01st April through to 31st October. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston
  • Drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain
  • Sample maple syrup in Vermont
  • Enjoy the beaches of Cape Cod
  • Visits the mansions of Newport
  • Try whale watching in Maine

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
12 days
Destination Breakdown
  • 2 Nights
  • 1 Night
  • Bar Harbor
    2 Nights
  • White Mountains
    1 Night
  • 1 Night
  • Springfield
    1 Night
  • Newport
    1 Night
  • 2 Nights
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Included
  • International flights
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car Hire
  • Car insurance
  • Room only
Not included
  • One way drop car hire fees (if applicable)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable).

Itinerary Breakdown

Spend two days exploring this beautiful historic city with its stunning views. We recommend you explore the Freedom Trail, on the two and a half mile trail you'll pass 16 of the city's historic landmarks, including Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's home and the USS Constitution. If you have time catch a game at Fenway Park or on a non game day take a tour around this historic venue. 

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: Sheraton Boston Hotel or similar. Inns tour: The Langham, Boston or similar

Further explore Massachusetts by heading to Salem and experiencing the fascinating history of the witch trails that makes the town famous.Then drive along the coast to the charming harbour towns of Gloucester and Rockport. Enjoy the atmosphere of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and its wealth of historic buildings before crossing into Maine, visit the charming Old Port Exchange for great food, drinks and shopping. Your final destination is Kennebunkport, a haven for writers and artists. 

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: The Nonantum Resort or similar. Inns tour: The Nonantum Resort or similar

Drive the beautiful Maine Coast to Bar Harbor. Pass through quaint fishing villages where fisherman mark their ground with colourful buoys. Stop for lunch and try a lobster or cup of clam chowder. The next day drive to the entrance of the Acadia National Park on Mt Desert Island. While in Bar Harbor, cruise the Atlantic in search of the whales, explore the mountain trails in the park or simply take in the scenery.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: Best Western Acadia Park Inn or similar. Inns tour: The Bluenose Inn

Today your drive takes you inland to the White Mountains, known as the roof to of New England. Visit historic Mount Washington and take the Conway Scenic Railroad or head to the Lakes Region.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: North Conway Grand Hotel or similar. Inns tour: Eagle Mountain House

Today you'll drive through some of New England's most stunning scenery, stop at Greensboro and visit Wiley's General Store. While in Vermont, tour the world famous Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory, explore the Green Mountains or take time out to visit the traditional New England villages.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: Golden Eagle Resort or similar. Inns tour: Commodores Inn or similar

Take Route 100, where you'll take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Vermont's Green Mountains. With the dense forest home to bears, moose, wild turkey and deer. See picture perfect villages and some of the famous covered bridges before crossing into Massachusetts. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: The Williams Inn or similar. Inns tour: The Williams Inn or similar

Pass through a series of wonderful towns, including Lenox. Lenox is the summer home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. See the Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield before continuing on to the city of New port, Rhode Island. Newport was once a prosperous Colonial seaport.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: Holiday Inn Express Middletown New port or similar. Inns tour: The Hotel Viking or similar

View some of the mansions of Newport, these where the summer vacation homes for some of the most prominent families in America and some are open to the public to view. After sightseeing head along the coast to Cape Cod. Relax on the sandy beaches or go whale watching out on the ocean. A day trip to the beautiful islands of Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard is well worth it.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Superior tour: Holiday Inn Cape Cod - Hyannis or similar. Inns tour: Dan'l Webster Inn & Spa or similar

Leave Cape Cod and return to Boston Airport in time for your homeward flight or perhaps extend your stay in Boston.

Points of Interest

  • Boston

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk the Freedom Trail
    • Visit the USS Constitution and Museum
    • Learn the history behind the Boston Tea Party
    • Stroll round Boston Common
    • Dine at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Cape Cod

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Martha's Vineyard
    • Wander the vibrant streets of Province Town
    • Take a tour of the Chatham Lighthouse
    • Relax on some of the best beaches
    • Dine on the waterfront at Yarmouth
  • Maine

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Acadia National Park
    • Take a scenic boat cruise from Kennebunkport
    • Dine at the lively waterfront of Portland
    • Visit some of the oldest lighthouse in Maine
    • Stroll along Ogunquit beach
  • Vermont

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See some of Vermont's most picturesque covered bridges
    • Visit the famous Ben & Jerry's Factory
    • Try some of Vermont's finest maple syrup
    • Explore the Shelburne Museum
    • Hike or bike through the scenery