|7 to 10-Day South New England Tour|
|Here's a loop tour of Southern New England by car that starts in Boston, but which can actually be started anywhere along the loop.|
Drive west from Boston on the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) for 90 minutes to Sturbridge for a visit to Old Sturbridge Village. Stay in the area, or continue westward to Amherst or Northampton. Visit Old Deerfield if you have extra time.
Head for the Berkshire Hills. Enjoy a picnic, visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, and Chesterwood, the studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, or perhaps the Hancock Shaker Village, and take in an evening performance at Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Berkshire Theater Festival, or some other cultural venue.
Drive south to Connecticut's Lake Waramaug and Litchfield for a look at this pristine 18th-century town and nearby vineyards. Continue south down the Naugatuck River Valley along CT Route 8 to Derby, then east on CT Route 34 to New Haven for dinner.
Explore Yale University and its excellent museums in the morning, and drive east along I-95 to the delightful towns at the mouth of the Connecticut River: Essex, Ivoryton, and Old Lyme. Choose a place for lunch. Continue to New London or Mystic for the night. (If you're starting your tour from New York City, this would be Day 1).
If you have a few more days, head for Cape Cod. It's best not to attempt to drive all the way to Provincetown at the tip of the cape today. Choose a town on the "lower cape" or "mid-cape" such as Falmouth or Hyannis for the night. More...
Enjoy Cape Cod: tour the Cape Cod National Seashore, lunch on fried clams and french fries, take a swim. If you're in the mood for a circus atmosphere, drive out to the tip for a look at Provincetown. Or, from Wood's Hole or Hyannis, take a day-trip or an overnight excursion to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket (going by plane will save time).
—by Tom Brosnahan