Magnificent residences surrounded by fences, beautiful covered bridges, and the murmur of the waves on the rugged Atlantic coast; steep mountain ranges; sophisticated constructions and a spectacular culinary offer; colonial history; clippers and whaling fleets. These are just some of the typical images of New England that we have tried to cover with this itinerary
Duration: 11 days
Distance: 2.464 km.
We’ll pick up our Cruise America motorhome in Newark and cross Long Island Sound before heading northeast to the campsite where we’ll spend our first night.
Visit the Barnum Museum, named after the eccentric circus man who was mayor of the city where it is located, Bridgeport.
Back on the spectacular eastern bank of the Thames to visit the port of Mystic Seaport. Gone are the glory days of this port and shipyard for whaling vessels, but it is still a wonderful open-air museum that houses many vintage vessels and gives you an idea of what life was like in New England 200 years ago. 125 miles (201.1 km)to Scusset Beach State Preserve in Sandwich Visit Newport, Rhode Island, where the gigantic summer mansions of the Vanderbilts and their contemporaries, the setting for The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/ massparks/region-south/scusset-beach-state-reservation.html
It would not be a bad idea to take a detour to visit the Kennedy family’s hometown and the John F. Kennedy museum before heading north to Plymouth where the Mayflower pilgrims landed in 1620. Just to the south is the Plimoth Plantation, an impressive replica of the pilgrims’ village from 1627. (To explore the historic and interesting city of Boston, you should extend your visit at this site and use the Boston commuter service to get in and out of the city (www.mbta.com). Alternatively, we can take Boston as the starting point of this tour, picking up the motorhome at one of our Boston branches.55 miles (88.4 km) to Plymouth Visit Plymouth Rock where, according to legend, although it may be true, the pilgrims first set foot on the land that would end up being the USA. www.pinewoodlodge.com/index.php
Acadia National Park Photo: Visit Maine
Plimoth Plantation, an impressive replica of the pilgrims’ village from 1627. (To explore the historic and interesting city of Boston, you should extend your visit at this site and use the Boston commuter service to get in and out of the city (www.mbta.com) . Alternatively, we can take Boston as the starting point of this tour, picking up the motorhome at one of our Boston branches. 55 miles (88.4 km) Plymouth Visit Plymouth Rock where, according to legend, although it may be true, the pilgrims first set foot on the land that would end up being the USA.
We will head north, circumambulating Boston. Another interesting stop would be Lexington, the place where the Revolution began and Paul Revere alerted Sam Adams and John Hancock in what is one of the most famous rides in history. Another surprising stop is North Salem, New Hampshire, where we can admire the 4000-year-old American Stonehenge. 145 miles (233.3 km) to Salisbury Beach Visit Salem, Massachusetts, where the famous witchcraft trials of 1692 took place. www.beachroservpark.com
We return to pass briefly through New Hampshire, to tour the impressive Atlantic coast of Maine, of great beauty. Our destination is Bar Harbor, on Mt Desert Island, surrounded by the cliffs and landscapes of Acadia National Park.
235 miles (378.1 km) to Bar Harbor Visit the Abbe museum in Sieur de Monts Spring and take the ferry to Little Cranberry Island.
Today we will head inland, to visit Bangor, the capital of Maine and then tour the panoramic rural areas of the state. Our destination is Mount Blue State Park campsite. The area is home to a multitude of species among which the moose and the red squirrel stand out, as well as others of a more elusive nature, such as the black bear and the coyote.160 miles (257.44 km) toMount Blue State Park Visit scenic Webb Beach and, nearby, Center Hill. The visit to the Nature Interpretation Center of the park is very entertaining for the little ones. www.campwithme.com
On our return to New Hampshire, towards White Mountain National Park, the relief will become steeper and soon we will be rolling at 4,000 or 5,000 feet (1,200 – 1,500 meters) in an area dominated by Mount Washington (6,288 feet, 1,916.58 m). Tonight we will spend it at the Beech Hill campsite, near Bethlehem.
100 miles (160.9 km) to Bethlehem Visit the top of Mount Washington on the cog railway, built in 1869 and using coal as fuel. In Bethlehem, a very nice city, you can enjoy excellent restaurants serving French cuisine. www.beechhill.com
Shortly after crossing the Vermont border, we will approach the Killington Peak ski resort, which remains open year-round. There is plenty to see and do here, before arriving at the campsite where we will spend the night. We can choose from the different campsites available in the state parks in the area, such as Gifford Woods or Ricker Pond. 125 miles (201.1 km) to Gifford Woods State Park On your way to Hanover, visit the world-famous Dartmouth College. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/gifford.htm
Probably, no one has captured America’s golden age better than Norman Rockwell. Many of the covers he created for the Saturday Evening Post in the ’40s and ’50s were painted in his Arlington, Vermont, home. His home is now a hotel, The Inn on Covered Bridge Green.60 miles (96.54 km) to Arlington Visit the Norman Rockwell exhibition. www.campingonthebattenkillvt.com
Our tour takes us today to the state of New York and runs south, parallel to the Hudson River and will take us to Hyde Park, the birthplace of Franklin D Roosevelt and where he is buried, next to his wife. In this town is also the headquarters of the Culinary Institute of America (Culinary Institute of the USA) and there are four haute cuisine restaurants, where we will have to book if we want to eat. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Lazy River Camp is just 23 miles (37.0 km) from here in Gardiner. 140 140 miles (225.26 km) to Lazy River Visit the former residences of the Roosevelts in Hyde Park. www.lazyriverny.com
Today we will return our motorhome. 75 miles (120.6 km) to the Cruise America branch in Newark.