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Old 06-13-2019, 07:15 AM
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My hubby and I are talking about a two week fall vacation in the New England states. Since this would be a first for us, I was wondering if anyone has must see suggestions, such as places to stay, see, etc.

Also, Which airport would you suggest? Plan now is flying, then renting a car. I really wanted for us to drive, however my hubby quickly reminded me that we live in SW Georgia, and neither one of us do well with long car travel.

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Old 06-13-2019, 07:48 AM
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Flying into Manchester Regional MHT is a good plan your minutes from I-93 which leads to the White Mts. The drive across the Kangamangas Hwy is beautiful in the fall. Book rooms earlu as it is peak season and things fill up fast.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:54 AM
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What mhugs said. But if you can't fly into Manchester, Boston is the next best option. To better help you, what are your interests? There's tons to see and do here!
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:59 AM
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I second (or third) Manchester. Boston works well, too. A third option is Burlington, VT. Burlington is a college town, but has a nice science museum on Lake Champlain, if you like those things.

Kankamagus is lovely in fall...but all the mountains are beautiful. You can get reservations in advance for the Mt. Washington Railroad in NH (book now!) or drive your car up the mountain (or walk, if you are really fit and an experienced hiker).

If you get away from the biggest mountains, there are plenty of local hiking trails everywhere that you can do day hikes...and lovely lakeside scenery.

What kinds of things do you enjoy? Hiking? Shopping? History? Something else? More information would help us make suggestions.
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:20 AM
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You can fly into Providence and see Newport before heading north. On my iPad, I have a list of Boston area things to do...will post it later. NH & Maine have great places to visit, too!


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Old 06-13-2019, 09:50 AM
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I'm with the PPs who say Boston airport. We will be going to New England in fall as well. This will be the third year in a row because DH has to attend a board meeting in Boston. Last year we were there too early for the foliage, but the year before we started in Boston and drove north through New Hampshire and Maine. The farther north we went, the more spectacular the foliage was.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:18 AM
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I think Newport, Rhode island is a must see. I love it there.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:18 AM
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but my family all lived in Maine and my son lives is MA. My favorite place is Nantucket. A nice ride in the ferry out to the island is well worth the time. You can also visit Martha's Vineyard at the same time and tour Cape Cod. JMHO.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:58 AM
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Flying into Providence (technically the airport is in Warwick), is much less stressful than Boston. Providence is a very cool city with great restaurants, museums and parks. Newport is just awesome. Very walkable town with wonderful food, mansions and boats, and incredible beaches, parks for hiking and just great fun. We live about 20 minutes from Newport. Connecticut has mystic seaport, west Hartford, Essex just to name a few of the fun towns. Boston is full of incredible history. Love the JFK museum and the Isabella Gardner museum is my favorite in the city. Food of every variety and price. Then there are New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont! So many naturally beautiful hiking trails, waterfalls, historic villages and more coastline, especially Maine. Acadia national park is quite a hike but so lovely. On the way up is Freeport...home of the original LLBean. Can you tell I just love New England?
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:28 PM
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Depending where you want to go and how much you want to spend on airfare I often use Hartford, Connecticut ( BDL)and I live in Southwest New Hampshire. Manchester tends to be very expensive, Boston can be a nightmare, Providence works too at times but Hartford has been my go-to for many years now 90% of the time. Easy to get in and out of and a fairly small airport like Manchester and Providence.


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Old 06-13-2019, 02:14 PM
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Boston sites...

Museums

Museum of Fine Arts - http://www.mfa.org (Lg. collection of Impressionistic art)
N. E. Aquarium - http://m.neaq.org
Children's Museum - http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - http://www.gardnermuseum.org/home
Science Museum - http://www.mos.org
Harvard Museum of Natural History - http://hmnh.harvard.edu
Museum of African American History - http://www.afroammuseum.org
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - http://www.bostonteapartyship.com


Freedom Trail - http://www.thefreedomtrail.org (Paul Revere House is on the Trail)
Bunker Hill Monument - http://www.nps.gov/bost/learn/historyculture/bhm.htm
Old Ironsides & USS Constitution Museum - http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
Duck boat tours - http://www.bostonducktours.com (MOST of the tour is on land!)
Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market - http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
JFK Library - http://www.jfklibrary.org AND the Commonwealth Museum is nearby - http://www.commonwealthmuseum.org
Boston Common & Public Gardens - ride the swan boats or skate on Frog Pond (winter) - http://bostonfrogpond.com
Boston Harbor Islands - http://www.bostonharborislands.org - outstanding!
Trailside Museum - outside of Boston - http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdo...ailside-museum
Zoos - Franklin Park & Stone - http://www.zoonewengland.org

Fenway Park tours - http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp

Here's a listing of links to forty museums in and around Boston - http://www.museumsofboston.org/index.php

Faneuil Hall (aka Quincy Market) - tourist attraction - http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
Theater life is great here! You can often get same day seats at half price - http://www.bostix.org/page/onsale_today.
Boston Common & Gardens - https://www.thefreedomtrail.org/free...n-common.shtml

There's much to do outside of Boston as well:

Plimoth Plantation - http://www.plimoth.org
Mayflower and Plymouth Rock - http://www.plimoth.org/what-see-do/mayflower-ii
Battleship Cove - http://www.battleshipcove.org
Quincy (home of Adams family) - http://www.quincyma.gov/visiting/
Lowell Spinners - minor league baseball - http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t558
Lowell (industrial revolution factory town) - http://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm
Salem (witch trials) - http://www.salemweb.com/guide/tosee.php
Old Sturbridge Village - https://www.osv.org
Concord & Lexington - http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm And... Liberty Tour - http://tourlexington.us/libertyride.html
Norman Rockwell Museum - https://www.nrm.org

Don't forget our beaches and other natural attractions!

Other NE sites:
As a previous poster mentioned, Mystic Seaport (CT) is nice and there’s an aquarium there. https://www.mysticseaport.org

Providence (RI) does have great restaurants and the Roger Williams Park & Zoo. https://rwpconservancy.org & http://www.rwpzoo.org

Newport Mansions (RI) - https://www.newportmansions.org/plan-a-visit

Portsmouth (NH) sites - https://vacationidea.com/destination...smouth-nh.html

White Mountains (NH) - https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/...ns/attractions

Maine - https://www.attractionsofamerica.com...ions/maine.php
I love Ogonquit & York Harbor. York has a lovely lighthouse that is much photographed.

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Old 06-13-2019, 02:59 PM
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All the above are excellent suggestions. Columbus Day Weekend/October 12th is usually the peak of color for the NH mtns.. Plan and book early.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:23 PM
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Wow! I was going to chime in, but everyone before me has done a great job! Have a wonderful time!
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