|6- to 10-Day North New England Tour|
|Northern New England has its culture, but most people who tour here are looking for outdoor adventure. This itinerary can also be followed as two shorter trips.|
The suggested tour itinerary below gives you a good introduction to the three northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and is especially good for those interested in the outdoors.
Full 10-Day Tour
The itinerary may be followed as a full 10-day tour, or divided into two shorter independent tours of four days and six days:
Head north from Boston on I-93, then I-95, stopping at Portsmouth NH for lunch and a tour of Strawbery Banke. Continue to the Maine coast, staying the night in Ogunquit or Kennebunkport, or, if you prefer, in Portland.
Continue northward along I-95, stopping for some shopping in Freeport, home of L L Bean and many factory outlets. Just before Brunswick, follow US 1, continuing through Bath. Spend part of the day around Boothbay Harbor, or Camden, or Blue Hill, but plan to stay the night in one of Bar Harbor's sumptuous inns.
Follow US 2 west to Gorham NH, then NH 16 south through Pinkham Notch to Glen and North Conway. Have lunch in North Conway, or buy supplies for a picnic, then drive westward along the Kancamagus Highway, the heart of the White Mountains.
Stop for a picnic and a short hike at one of the White Mountain National Forest areas along the highway.
Stop for lunch in Littleton, then head southwest on US 302 into Vermont. You may want to take a look at the Rock of Ages granite quarry and Hope Cemetery in Barre, next to Montpelier. Spend the night in Stowe, Burlington, or Sugarbush Valley.
Visit the Shelburne Museum south of Burlington, then follow US 7 south through Middlebury and the Middlebury Gap to Hancock, on VT Route 100. Drive south on VT 100, perhaps with a detour to Woodstock or Plymouth. Stay the night in Woodstock, Weston or Grafton.
From Manchester, go south along US 7 via Arlington to Bennington for a visit to Old Bennington, the Bennington Battle Monument, and Bennington Museum. If you have the time, you can slip across the state line to see Williamstown MA and the wonderful Clark Art Institute and/or Mass MoCa in North Adams. Stay the night in Bennington.
—by Tom Brosnahan