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Great Drives
North America
May - Oct

Follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers on this wonderful trip around the USA’s famous North East.  Visiting picturesque villages and elegant towns, travelling via commanding mountain ranges and past glacial lakes, the stunning New England scenery offers a spectacular back drop to this fascinating and exciting trip through six different states as you immerse yourself in the history and culture of the USA.

At a Glance

  • Cape Cod
  • The Berkshires
  • Green Mountains
  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • Maine
  • Boston

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  • Day 1
    UK to Boston

    Travel from the UK to Boston Logan Airport and collect a car before heading to your hotel. The first evening gives you chance to enjoy one of Boston’s many restaurants, take in a show in Boston’s theatre district or stroll through lively Quincy Marketplace.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Fairmont Copley Plaza
  • Day 2
    Boston

    Walking the streets of Boston feels as though your walking the blueprints of the USA. Historical buildings are dwarfed by high-rise apartment blocks and skyscrapers while the home of Baseball since 1912, Fenway park, is a must for all sports fans. If you'd like to go even further back in the American cultural consciousness, then take a walk along the Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile walk takes you along sixteen historical sights that provided the backdrop for the American war of independence. North America's oldest park, the Old State House and Bunker Hill Monument are just a few of the fascinating stops along the route. 

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    Accommodation
    Fairmont Copley Plaza
  • Day 3
    Boston to Kennebunkport

    Drive distance – 85 miles

    Travel north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a working port since colonial days and a treasure trove of historical offerings. Visit Strawbery Banke, a collection of 42 buildings recreating four centuries of architectural and social change. Then continue up the coast to Maine. Ogunquit is another worthy checkpoint on your journey with its coastal views, calm beaches and host of cafes and bars. If you need somewhere to stretch your legs mid-journey then there's nowhere better than Marginal Way, a 1.25 mile coastal walk with stunning ocean views.

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    Accommodation
    Nonantum Resort
  • Day 4
    Maine

    Spend today enjoying Kennebunkport. Its reputation as a superb community comes from the numerous large seaside estates along Ocean Avenue and other coastal thoroughfares. George H.W. Bush made this place famous, but locals have been enjoying this closely guarded haven for decades. The Bush Compound is situated on the coast, and has been the Bush family summer home for over a century. When visiting Kennebunkport, though, you have to make time for the small boutique shops and galleries as this is a welcoming community where art and culture thrive. 

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    Accommodation
    Nonantum Resort
  • Day 5
    Ogunquit to Jackson via Portland

    Drive distance - 86 miles

    As you travel north, there are several lakes that make a scenic resting point before mountains dominate the landscape. You'll be staying at Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club, just a forty-five minute drive from Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S. Depending on the weather, you'll witness dramatic snowy peaks or enjoy hiking along green trails with rich, forested canopies. No matter your plan, there's always something to see here. 

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    Accommodation
    Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club, Jackson
  • Day 6
    White Mountain National Forest

    Explore the White Mountain National Forest. Venture along Franconia Notch and see natural wonders such as Indian Head, the Flume Gorge or take a tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain for breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

     

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    Accommodation
    Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club, Jackson
  • Day 7
    Jackson to Stowe

    Drive distance - 122 miles

    Scenic routes and covered bridges will take you into Vermont, the Green Mountain State. Visit Morse Farm to see how Maple Syrup is made, then treat yourself further with a trip to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, where 350,000 pints of ice-cream are produced every single day. A short ride up the road is the charming village of Stowe, at the base of Mt. Mansfield. Stowe is known as the birthplace of alpine skiing in Vermont and people have been coming here to race down the slopes for almost a century. 

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Lodge at Spruce Peak
  • Day 8
    Vermont

    While at the midpoint of your journey, and at a quite perfectly picturesque lodge, feel free to take a day for reflection. Enjoy the mountainscapes around you, read a book, talk to locals. It's important to take stock and appreciate where you've come and where you're going. However, if you're looking for more adventure, you can drive three-quarters of an hour to Burlington, Vermont's largest city. Here, the Shelburne Museum holds one of the most extensive collections of Americana and American art that you'll find. As you walk the streets you'll find a true blend of Old England and contemporary USA nestled nicely along the shores of Lake Champlain. 

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Lodge at Spruce Peak
  • Day 9
    Stowe to Stockbridge via Manchester, Vermont

    Drive distance – 192 miles

    Take the scenic route down Route 7, passing through Manchester, where you'll find Hildene, the home of Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln. If you're looking for multiple stops on your journey down to Stockbridge, then Pittsfield hosts the Hancock Shaker Village. This living history museum gives visitors a glimpse of Shaker life, in a town that shakers called home for 179 years. 

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge
  • Day 10
    The Berkshires

    There's one must-visit destination in Stockbridge, and that's the Norman Rockwell Museum, which houses his paintings of America past. Here, you will see an authentic and powerful representation of 20th century America and his art provides an interesting contrast to the predominantly colonial and 19th century history covered along the tour. There are several gardens, churches and galleries that you can visit in Stockbridge; there's also no shortage of great places to eat! 

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge
  • Day 11
    Stockbridge to Mystic

    Drive distance – 120 miles

    Wind through country roads to Connecticut’s Northwest corner, better known as “antique country”. Stop at quaint antique stores, museums and gardens en route to Mystic. Drop by Mystic Seaport, a 19th century fishing village recreation, where you can find out fascinating tales of America's relationship with the sea. Delciously fresh seafood is everywhere, so you can guarantee a delicious dinner after a long day of travel. 

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Inn at Mystic
  • Day 12
    Mystic to Newport, Rhode Island

    Drive distance – 50 miles

    Follow along the coast into Rhode Island and onto Newport where you’ll find places such as the church where John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier, and the Old Stone Mill, believed to be built by the Vikings around 1100AD.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Vanderbilt
  • Day 13
    Newport

    Tour along Ocean Drive and Millionaire’s row to see the magnificent mansions of the Gilded Age. Visit the Breakers, the largest of the Vanderbilt Family homes in Newport. Tour through the International Tennis Hall of Fame and enjoy lunch along the waterfront or at the historic Brick Marketplace.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Vanderbilt
  • Day 14
    Newport to Cape Cod

    Drive distance – 90 miles

    Head east to Cape Cod, the perfect place to bring your journey to a close. Beautiful beaches and fantastic food are waiting. You can save one of the best experiences until last, with a magical whale watching excursion before heading over to Menemsha for one of the best sunsets you'll see anywhere in the USA. 

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
  • Day 15
    Cape Cod

    Drive along the Cape Cod National Seashore to explore lighthouses and quaint coastal communities. Visit the lively artist colony of Provincetown, take a whale watch, or just lay on one of the Cape’s many sandy beaches.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
  • Days 16 - 17
    Cape Cod to the UK

    Drive distance – 70 miles

    Take the final morning to relax on the Cape or return to Boston for some last minute shopping before departing on an overnight flight back to the UK.

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Boston

Fairmont Copley Plaza

‘Dedicated Service; Classic Luxury’

The Fairmont Copley Plaza; rich in history and full of luxury, provides impeccable service and attention to detail. Each of the 383 guestrooms is well appointed with lavish décor and has been recently renovated to reveal more of a modern look; although the classic touches have stayed the same to give guests a homely feel. In addition to excellent accommodation, the hotel features superb cuisine at the OAK Long Bar & Kitchen, which also serves creative hand-crafted cocktails. The state of the art fitness centre can keep guests busy, whereas in the Fairmont Store they will find a range of exclusive items such as Fran’s Chocolates and a selection of Couture handbags.

Kennebunkport

Nonantum Resort

‘Activity Rich & Casually Elegant Waterfront Resort’

The family owned and family friendly Nonantum Resort is in the centre of Kennebunkport. Its name comes from the Algonquin American Indian word meaning blessing or pray and it celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2008. The Carriage House offers several room categories with a mix of traditional and Victorian décor. Recreational options abound at The Nonantum including an outdoor heated swimming pool, fishing charters, lobster and sailing cruises, kayak and bicycle rentals, and shuffleboard. Activity schedules add a wide range of options including games, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, sing-alongs, and “S’mores” toasted by hand over a crackling fire. Sailboat and sport fishing charters are available onsite and the hotel can also arrange yacht rental, spa and salon services, babysitting and a kids club. The Nonantum also features live music several nights a week while the dining offers award-winning creative local cuisine.

New Hampshire

Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club, Jackson

‘Classically refined retreat in the mountains’

Tucked away in the foothills of the majestic White Mountains of Jackson, New Hampshire, this quaint country escape offers guests a quintessential taste of what New England is all about.  And the taste you sample depends on the season. In the summer, you can enjoy outdoor swimming with mountain vistas, while in the winter, you can warm your bones under the stars around the crackle of their outdoor fire pit. But if anyone is likely to feel at home here, it’s golfers. Eagle Mountain House invites you to tee off and enjoy its manicured greens that wind alongside the Wildcat River. Cosy accommodation, romantic views, fine fairways, hearty food and relaxing drinks – a slice of heaven in New Hampshire.

Stowe

Lodge at Spruce Peak

‘All Season Activities, Stunning Mountain Setting’

Lodge at Spruce Peak is at the heart of Spruce Peak in Stowe's Alpine Village. This ideal setting in the middle of beautiful foliage is in close proximity to the most challenging mountain hiking and biking trails in the area as well as pristine streams, ponds, and lakes. The lodge has a world-class spa, wellness and fitness centre, upscale boutique shopping, fine and casual dining, a village green, a performing arts centre and an 18-hole championship mountain golf course. The rooms feature oversized windows highlighting the magnificent scenery of majestic Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak while dining offers exceptionally fresh cuisine created with local and often organic ingredients in Solstice Restaurant and the lodge’s very own beer in the Hourglass Lounge.

The Berkshires

The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge

‘A Quaint, Quirky and Quality Retreat’

Welcoming travellers to the Berkshires for over two hundred years, the Red Lion Inn is very much colonial to the core. From its beautiful timber exterior, to its classically furnished rooms and restaurant, there’s something timeless and fulfilling about its appearance. Not only does it offer delectable dining and a wealth of intriguing attractions on its doorstep with hiking, biking, golf all easily arranged. Its proximity to the Massachusetts border with New York and Connecticut gives it great access to the wider New England area.

Mystic

Inn at Mystic

‘Quaint village retreat’

Residing on fourteen green acres overlooking Fishers Island Sound and Mystic Harbour, the Inn provides cosy accommodation, some with ocean views, hot tubs and open fireplaces. Inn at Mystic was formerly a luxurious private estate, but now comprises a hotel, restaurant and mansion within its carefully preened grounds. A half way point between New Haven and Providence, this is a great central base from which to explore several cities and attractions.

Newport

The Vanderbilt

‘Beautiful, Historic, Stylish’

The Vanderbilt Grace is a few steps from bustling Thames Street and the rest of historic Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is a very pedestrian-friendly city and many nearby attractions, including Newport Harbor, are within walking distance. The city of Newport is on the coast of Rhode Island within reasonable driving distance from New York City and Boston. Built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909, the former Vanderbilt Hall is a quintessential Newport mansion, now restored to its former glory. Today it offers 33 rooms and suites, a sumptuous spa and fitness centre with indoor and outdoor pools and two restaurants while its rooms and suites offer a unique blend of grace, charm and serenity with stylish decor.

Cape Cod

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

‘Family Friendly, Stunning Surroundings’

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is set amid gardens, salt marshes and woodlands just off Route 6 in Chatham, Cape Cod with grounds that celebrate each season, from colourful early spring tulips to fragrant autumn bayberry and windswept sea grasses. The property's elevated entrance with fountain and gardens overlooks Pleasant Bay, Round Cove and the ocean beyond and offers 22 historic buildings from cosy weathered cottages to spacious elegant suites. Leisure highlights beyond the two wonderful outdoor pools and a full spa are an impressive 72 par 18-hole golf course and two tennis courts. There’s also plenty for the kids here including a newly designed children’s centre offering high tech amenities such as a 135” HD screen, games consoles and a nautical themed playground.

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This trip includes

Return flights in economy
15 night accomodation as listed
Car hire including GPS

This trip excludes

Meals unless otherwise stated

 

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