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Experience a New England autumn on a fly drive holiday to Boston   by Dipika Patel

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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 leisure.

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.

Sailing off the Esplanade on the Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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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!
Washingtons Statue, Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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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.

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About the Author - If you are thinking about taking a holiday to America why not consider an autumn New England holiday? USA fly drive holidays are ideal for those with a sense of adventure.
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Boston 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.
Boston 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. 
Courtyard 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. 
Hotel 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). 
John 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 toiletries. 
Sheraton Boston Hotel 
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. 
The 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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