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Nickerson State Park – Brewster, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
Credit: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce/ William DeSousa-Mauk
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Driving tours

Learn about recommended driving tours for New England holidays. These trips highlight specific kinds of travel activities that take you through some or all of the New England states. Whether you prefer the coast or the mountains, adventure or relaxation, there’s a New England holiday experience for you!

For more trip planning, see New England Maps and Accommodation Options.

Foliage - Massachusetts - New England

New England Fall Foliage – One-Week Drive

This recommended drive starts in the south of the region in Rhode Island with visits to vineyards, then a tour through western Massachusetts and its rich colonial frontier history, and up to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Then, drive through the White Mountains of New Hampshire in all their autumn glory and head to the coast of Maine.

Driving Tour of New England Fall Foliage

West Cornwall Fall Road - (Credit-Western CT Convention and Visitors Bureau)

New England FALL Foliage – Two-Week DrivES (FIVE OPTIONS)

Choose from several drives for a two-week New England holiday. Go on a tour of all six states, or select trips that focus on two or three states to explore areas in more depth. These trips offer top tips for things to do and recommended towns to use as a base.

Two-Week New England Holiday Self-Drive Tours

Connecticut River - (Credit-Evan Gregg-courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism)

Connecticut River Blueway Driving Tour

The Connecticut River is New England’s river. The river touches four of the six New England States: it is the border between New Hampshire and Vermont, then cuts through Massachusetts and into Connecticut. This driving itinerary would be nice in autumn, but good in other seasons as well. Meander through charming towns and under covered bridges; partake in cycling and hiking and boating, all centered around this vital river.

Two-Week New England Driving Tour of the Connecticut River Blueway

Coastal Village-Portland Maine - Portland CVB

New England’s glorious coast: Travel Ideas

What did New England look like 300 years ago? New Englanders still live in houses built in Colonial times, while parks preserve the unspoiled wilderness. Beaches, rocky coasts, and fishing coves are all part of the experience interspersed with small towns offering shopping, restaurants and art galleries.

Driving Tour of New England’s Coast: Northern States
Driving Tour of New England’s Coast: Southern States


Somes Sound - Mount Desert Island, Maine

New England Scenic Drives: Travel Ideas

Whether you hug the rugged coastline, swoop through wooded hills or meander past farms and meadowlands, you’ll find these New England scenic drives a joy, complete with historic villages, enticing antiques and crafts shops, and cheerful country inns.

Driving Tour: Scenic Landscapes in Northern New England States
Driving Tour: Scenic Landscapes in Southern New England States

USS Constitution

Southern New England’s Maritime Heritage: Travel Ideas

Discover the romance of sail. New England’s maritime heritage is America’s maritime heritage, from early merchant vessels and men o’ war to whaling ships and sleek yachts. Welcome aboard!

Driving Tour for Boat & Maritime Adventures: Southern New England States

History, Culture & Shopping Driving Tour - Salem Massachusetts

Culture, History & Shopping: Driving Tour

Immerse yourself in some of New England’s richest historic and cultural attractions with some fun stops along the way. See Boston’s famed historic sites, explore the maritime past of Salem on Massachusett’s northern shores, and learn about the Shakers, who came to America for religious freedom. Walk through beautiful gardens, eat atop a waterfall, and shop until you drop!

Driving Tour: Culture, History & Shopping


New Hampshire's White Mountains

New England’s Mountains: Maine, New Hampshire, & Vermont

The rugged beauty of northern New England never fails to impress, from the endless forests of Maine and the grandeur of New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the rolling Green Mountains of Vermont. Don’t forget your camera.

Driving Tour: Magnificent Mountains

Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth Massachusetts

New England’s COLONIAL HISTORY: Birthplace of America

New England was the birthplace of a new nation. See where battles were fought for independence, for democracy and for freedom of speech. Experience day-to-day life in the colonies that became the United States of America.

Driving Tour for Colonial History: Northern New England States
Driving Tour for Colonial History: Southern New England States

Whales Tale Waterpark - White Mountains, New Hampshire

New England for FAMILIES

When it comes to family vacations, nowhere in the USA can match New England’s mix of fun and wildlife, living history and sporting tradition. Come face-to-face with eagles, falcons and moose, than take on the man-made thrills of twisting coasters and giant skywheels. And eat the best ice cream on the planet: New Englanders consume more than any other region of the USA. Buy a cone and find out why!

Driving Tour with Children: Northern New England
Driving Tour with Children: Southern New England

Gloucester Harbor - Gloucester, Massachusetts

New England as Seen on the Silver Screen

Much of New England looks familiar, thanks to movies and television. From ‘Jaws’ and ‘The Perfect Storm’ to ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘Cheers,’ New England provides the backdrop for every emotion, from tears and laughter to the occasional scream!

Driving Tour: Celebrated New England Movie Locations

New England Village

New England Village Gems

In New England, as in Old England, you can find hidden gems around every corner and down every lane in all six picture-pretty states. All you have to do is get off the main road and follow these clues.

New England Town & Village Driving Tour: Northern New England States
New England Town & Village Driving Tour: Southern New England States

Wentworth by the Sea - Portsmouth, New Hampshire

New England for Grown Ups: LUXURY & ROMANTIC GETAWAYS

For all its beauty and history, New England is also highly sophisticated, a place to have fun – and lots of it. From plush spas and gourmet restaurants to grand hotels and America`s finest shopping, New England is perfect for a grown-up getaway.

Driving Tour: Northern New England Luxury & Romantic Getaways
Driving Tour: Southern New England Luxury & Romantic Getaways

Fried Clams - Woodman's in Essex, Massachusetts

New England’s Food, Glorious Food

Explore the culinary treats of New England. Think of blueberries, cranberries, lobster, clams, oysters, swordfish, bluefish, and cod. Then have a beverage from one of the many microbreweries or wineries, and finish with a homemade ice cream cone!

Driving Tour for New England Food Adventures: Northern New England States
Driving Tour for New England Food Adventures: Southern New England States


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