Massachusetts offers huge diversity for visitors. An hour away from the gateway city of Boston is the North Shore, with historic Salem and Cape Ann. Two hours west, and you are in the lovely countryside of the Berkshire Hills, home of some of America's best summer arts festivals.
Alternatively, head south, via Plymouth, with its Pilgrim Fathers' heritage, out to Cape Cod, one of my favourite parts of the state. The 'arm' of what is always referred to as 'the Cape' juts out into the Atlantic. Thanks to its laid-back informality, America's original summer hoilday destination is still popular with celebrities and politicians. Enjoy the beaches, go sailing, golfing, cycling or whale watching - there's always lots to do. Add in picturesque Colonial towns and villages, antiques and craft shops, cosy B+Bs and fine inns, and you have the perfect blend of fun and relaxation.
As with the city of Boston, you could spend just a few days here - or settle in for a longer stay. A touring holiday, whether in a group or as an independent fly/drive is a good way to ensure you don't miss a thing...
9 nights/10 days from £1783pp - Departures throughout September and October 2010 A great value tour covering all the key highlights of New England at the most spectacular time of year. 'Leaf Peeping' is hugely popular here and an escorted tour is a great way to make sure you see the very best of the season.
Outline Itinerary: Boston (2 nights Omni Parker House Hotel) * Willilamstown (1 night The Orchards) * Woodstock/Stowe (2 nights Trapp Family Lodge) * North Conway/White Mountains (2 nights North Conway Grand Hotel) * Portsmouth (1 night Sheraton Harbourside Portsmouth)
Includes flights, airport taxes, accommodation, transportation thoughout plus 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners.
8 days/7 nights from £1999pp - Departures May to October 2010 A upscale tour operated by US luxury touring specialists, Tauck World Discovery.
Outline Itinerary and driving distances: 1 night Boston (Hilton Back Bay Hotel) * 2 nights Martha's Vineyard (Harbor View Hotel) * Nantucket and Whale Watching (2 nights Chatham Bars Hotel) * New Bedford and Newport (2 nights Hyatt Regency Newport)
Includes flights, airport taxes, accommodation plus 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners, services of a Tauck tours escort throughout
15 days/14 nights from £1699 - Departures daily, year round An independent, pre-planned driving tour designed to showcase the best of the state with a balance of manageable drives and leisure time.
Outline Itinerary and driving distances: Boston (2 nights Boston Sheraton) > Freeport 123 miles (1 night Haraseeket Inn) > Jackson/White Mountains 92 miles (2 nights The Wentworth) > Stowe/Green Mountains 113 miles (2 nights Topnotch Resort & Spa) > Williamstown 155 miles (1 night The Orchards) > Litchfield 76 miles (1 night Litchfield Inn) > Newport 140 miles (2 nights Hotel Viking) > Cape Cod 77 miles (3 nights Chatham Bars Inn) > return to Boston 72 miles
Includes flights, airport taxes, accommodation, fully inclusive intermediate 4 door car hire, detailed itinerary and route maps
15 days/14 nights from £1788 - Departures daily, April to October 2010 An alternative, pre-planned driving tour taking in key New England highlights but with more time for relaxation on Cape Cod.
Outline Itinerary: Boston (2 nights Marriott Copley Place) > Meredith 108 miles (2 nights at Chase House at Mill Falls) > Manchester 132 miles (2 nights The Equinox) > Stockbridge 74 miles (1 night Red Lion Inn) > Newport 157 miles (2 nights Hotel Viking) > Chatham, Cape Cod 94 miles (2 nights Chatham Bars Inn) > Martha's Vineyard 65 miles (2 nights Winnetu Inn) > Sandwich 39 miles (1 night Dan'l Webster) > return to Boston 57 miles
Includes flights, airport taxes, accommodation, fully inclusive intermediate 4 door car hire, detailed itinerary and route maps. Ferry cost to/from Martha's Vineyard payable locally