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a New England autumn on a fly drive holiday to Boston by Dipika
|This region is ideal to
explore by car as the mercury begins to drop, as the autumn is when the
vibrant foliage is at its finest.
Autumn leaves blanket the
east coast landscape with colourful splashes of red and gold - and on a
fly drive holiday, you can take in as much scenery as you like at your
Boston is the best place
to begin your New England fly drive holiday. While it is arguably best
known for its academic achievements - the city is home to Harvard University
and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both of which offer free
tours - Boston is also a hub of culture, a historic centre and a great
place to spend a few days exploring.
You might want to begin your
stay with a visit to the quirky Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, taking
time to sample some of the delicious east coast seafood on offer. If you're
a runner, you may want to lace up your trainers and run a portion of the
world-famous 26-mile Boston Marathon route - although you will also have
plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs with a spot of retail therapy
at one of the city's fine shopping establishments.
From Boston, it is a short
drive to many other New England attractions. Whether you're keen to see
the culture of Rhode Island, New Hampshire's scenic mountains, Maine's
famous shorelines or the mansions of Cape Cod, you are only a 90-minute
car ride away. Best of all, in the autumn months, you are guaranteed to
pass through gorgeous patches of fall foliage, setting the ideal backdrop
for your holiday.
Known as the Bay State, Massachusetts
extends from the gently rolling Berkshire Hills throuth the Connecticut
River Valley and on to Cape Cod and the rocky North Shore. Along your drive,
you will pass through several pretty towns and villages, where you can
take time to stop off, go exploring and meet some of the friendly locals.
If you are a history buff,
you may want to visit the site of the start of the 1775 American Revolution.
One good place to stop is the North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord, from
which you can take the Liberty Ride hop-on, hop-off trolley service to
many historic Revolutionary War sites. The first shots of the revolution
were fired in Concord and Lexington and are chronicled at the Minuteman
Historical Park Visitor Center in Lincoln, which is also worth a stop as
you continue on your travels. If you're travelling through New England
with young children, you might want to stop off at a real-life pumpkin
patch. In addition to the fun your family can have choosing their own pumpkin
and seeing how they grow, you also may be lucky enough to sample a classic
all-American dessert - pumpkin pie!
|Your young ones can also
take the opportunity to learn about life in rural New England nearly 200
years ago by visiting the harvest-themed attractions at Old Sturbridge
Village. The attraction depicts Massachusetts life in the 1830s, with a
total of 40 historic buildings on the site. At certain times of the year,
you will be able to take in demonstrations such as sheep-shearing, but
other attractions - such as an old school house and a shoemaker's workshop
- are open year-round.
Theatre lovers will also
find plenty to keep them entertained during a fly drive trip to New England.
Culture vultures may wish to schedule their visit around the Berkshire
Theater Festival in Stockbridge, which dates back more than 80 years and
is one of the oldest regional theatrical events in the United States. You
may also find it worthwhile to visit the Norman Rockwell museum, also located
in Stockbridge, for an additional theatre fix.
A fly drive holiday in the
US is the best way to explore at your own pace - no matter where you choose
to travel, you are sure to see some of the best sites New England has to
offer. No matter if you're after a taste of authentic American autumn or
are keen to get a closer look at the region's historic past, your road
trip could be the discovery of a lifetime.
|About the Author - If you
are thinking about taking a holiday to America why not consider an autumn
England holiday? USA fly drive holidays are ideal for those with a
sense of adventure.
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Marriott Long Wharf
The Boston Marriott Long
Wharf stands one block from the Financial District in Boston, Mass. The
New England Aquarium and Boston Harbor are positioned adjacent to the hotel.
The Aquarium "T" Station is located directly in front of this property.
The interior of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf was designed to emulate
the public areas and accommodations found on luxury cruise ships. The hotel's
Oceana restaurant prepares New England seafood and American-style fare
while offering panoramic views of Boston Harbor. During warm-weather months,
the restaurant opens terrace seating. Oceana Lounge serves casual lunches
and dinners, and offers a variety of microbrews. A Starbucks outlet is
located in the lower lobby.
Omni Parker House Hotel
The Boston Omni Parker House
Hotel stands in downtown Boston, Mass., one block from City Hall and Boston
Common. The Boston Harbor and the theater district are located two blocks
from the hotel. Fenway Park, Harvard Square and Boston Logan International
Airport are located within three miles of this property. The Boston Omni
Parker House Hotel, which opened in 1855, underwent a $30 million restoration
and renovation in 2008. The smoke-free hotel marries modern amenities with
historic architectural charm. Parker's Restaurant serves American and Continental
cuisine. This hotel was the birthplace of Parker House Rolls, served at
the restaurant. Parker's Bar décor features mahogany paneling, a
fireplace and stained-glass windows.
by Marriott Boston-Cambridge
Standing along the banks
of the Charles River, this Cambridge hotel is a half-mile from Boston University
and 1 mile from Harvard and MIT. Fenway Park is 1.3 miles from the Courtyard
Boston Cambridge. Downtown Boston attractions are within 3 miles. A heated
indoor pool includes an observation deck. The fitness center is open 24
hours a day. A business center is on site, and complimentary wireless Internet
access is available in public areas. Dining-and-refreshment options include
a breakfast café, a Japanese steakhouse/sushi bar, and a lounge.
The hotel has a smoke-free policy.
Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, Boston
The Hotel Marlowe is located
in downtown Cambridge, Mass., across the Charles River from Boston. Harvard
Square, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall and the Paul Revere House are within
three miles of this property. The Hotel Marlowe features the Bambara restaurant
that serves New England-influenced American brasserie-style cuisine. The
centrally located bar overlooks downtown Boston and the Charles River,
and serves a global selection of fine wines. A daily complimentary wine
hour is open to all guests. A total of 9,000 square feet of function space
accommodates events. Business amenities include fax and photocopy services.
The hotel offers wireless Internet access (surcharge).
Hancock Hotel and Conference Center, Boston
Situated in the prestigious
Back Bay neighborhood, this Boston hotel is one block from the John Hancock
Tower and Copley Square. Newbury Street is three blocks away. The John
Hancock Hotel and Conference Center serves a daily complimentary continental
breakfast. A 24-hour business center offers computer hookups and wireless
Internet access. Built in 1925, the restored lobby still features the original
marble double stairway. Guestrooms at this Massachusetts hotel feature
cable TV with HBO. Rooms include complimentary weekday newspapers, coffee/tea
makers, and separate sitting areas. Bathrooms provide Bath & Body Works
The Sheraton Boston Hotel
stands in the historic Back Bay area of Boston, Mass. Shopping on Newbury
Street is located one block from the hotel. Copley Place Mall and Fenway
Park are positioned within three blocks. Cafe Apropos features an
open-air kitchen and buffet area. This eatery serves buffet-style and a
la carte breakfasts. A Starbucks outlet is located in the lobby. SideBar
& Grille serves cocktails and appetizers in the lounge. A total of
70,000 square feet of function space accommodates events. Wireless Internet
access is complimentary in public areas. Internet kiosks are available
in the lobby for complimentary use. The Sheraton Boston Hotel features
a limited-hour fitness center offers cardiovascular equipment and free
weights for fees.
Westin Copley Place
The Westin Copley Place
is located across the street from the Back Bay station in Boston, Mass.
Trinity Church stands across the street. Copley Mall and Newbury Street
shops are located two blocks away. A glass entryway and splashing waterfalls
lead to the Westin Copley Place's lobby area, where upholstered sofas and
oversized leather armchairs offer traditional-style seating. The Huntington's
dining room serves buffet-style breakfast for a fee, and features crystal
chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows. Turner Fisheries Restaurant and
Bar highlights its luminous blue bar and serves seafood dishes. The Mediterranean-style
Bar 10 serves appetizers and entrées, and offers an innovative wine
list. The Palm Restaurant is known for steak and lobster dishes.
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