Charming homes with white picket fences; quaint covered bridges; crashing surf on the rugged Atlantic coast; soaring mountain ranges; sophisticated and stately homes and dining; Colonial history; tea clippers and whaling fleets. These are just some of the iconic New England images we’ve tried to bring together in this itinerary of contrasts.
Pick up your motorhome from Cruise America in Newark and round Long Island Sound before heading northeast towards your first overnight campground.
Back down the scenic eastern shore of the Thames to visit Mystic Seaport. This once great whaling port and shipyard for fast clippers is a splendid living outdoor museum with many old ships and examples of New England life two hundred years ago.
A loop to visit the Kennedy family’s home town of Hyannis and the John F. Kennedy Museum would be a good idea before heading north again, bound for Plymouth where the Mayflower landed the Pilgrims in 1620. Just south is Plimoth Plantation, a serious recreation of the Pilgrim’s 1627 village and way of life. (To explore the historic and interesting city of Boston, we suggest you extend your stay at this campground and use the convenient MBTA commuter rail service in and out of the city – www.mbta.com). As an alternative, you may want to start this itinerary here by collecting your RV from one of our Boston locations.
Head north and bypass the city of Boston. An interesting stop would be at Lexington where the first skirmish started the Revolutionary War and where Sam Adams and John Hancock were awakened by Paul Revere on the most famous of his rides. Another surprising stop would be at North Salem in New Hampshire which is the site of America’s 4,000 year old Stonehenge.
Briefly returning to New Hampshire, the itinerary brings you to Maine and the dramatic and scenic Atlantic coastline. The destination is Bar Harbor on Mt Desert Island and surrounded by the cliffs and seascapes of Acadia National Park.
Inland to Maine’s capital Bangor and then on into the state’s picturesque interior. The destination is the Mount Blue State Park and its campground. Moose and other wildlife live here as well as numerous red squirrels and the more elusive black bear and coyote.
As you cross into New Hampshire again, the mountains get higher. Many you’ll be passing are 4,000 or 5,000 feet high with Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet, dominating the dramatic scenery as you drive further into the White Mountain National Forest. Your overnight stop should be planned at the Beech Hill Campground near Bethlehem.
Soon after crossing into Vermont, you’ll approach the year round resort surrounding Killington Peak. There’s a lot to see and do here before moving on to the suggested overnight campsite. Opt for one of the campsites in one of the state parks such as Gifford Woods or Ricker Pond State Park.
Probably no one captured the golden age of Americana more memorably than Norman Rockwell. Much of the covers he created for the Saturday Evening Post in the 40s and 50s were painted at home in Arlington, Vermont. His home is now The Inn on Covered Bridge Green.
Your route takes you into New York State and follows the Hudson River south. This will bring you to Hyde Park. This was the birthplace and home of Franklin D Roosevelt and where both he and wife Eleanor are buried. As a thought for lunch, the Culinary Institute of America is also located here and four gourmet restaurants are open by reservation. Your Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Lazy River Camp site is just 23 miles on at Gardiner.
Time to return your motorhome 75 miles to Cruise America’s location serving Newark.