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New England in the Fall. by rick694uk on 28 April 2004 11:22pm
I'll be going there at the start of September. First time on US soil. Any advice?

I'm there for two weeks and want to see plenty of early mornings, nature, wildlife, history and culture. I ain't bothered about nightlife stuff!

I'll be starting and ending in Boston.

Re: New England in the Fall. by djd on 6 May 2004 12:47am
Hi Rick,

I went to New England last Fall, and I can thoroughly recommend it. Take a camera, there are so many opportunities for great photos in New England in the Fall.

For culture in the USA, Boston is a great city. Plenty of historic sites. The Freedom Trail is a self guided walk around the main historic sites of Boston.
Remember to spend time at Fanieul Hall and Quincy Market in the centre of Boston. There's a great food court in Fanieul Hall that's hard to beat for choice of cuisine.
Other recommendations:
A stroll through Boston Common, which is the city park.
Visit Cambridge just across the Charles River, to sample the atmosphere of Harvard Uni.
Not sure if it's still there, but on a previous visit to Boston I went around the Computer Museum whci I thought was really good.

Boston is a very compact and therefore walkable city.

Enjoy the trip!

Re: New England in the Fall. by Helen on 6 May 2004 9:46pm
Hi Rick,
I am New Englander-- Connecticut to be exact... make sure you take a trip through Litchfield county--the Northwestern part of the state. It is known for its fabulous foliage...
and I second those Boston suggestions. Boston is a great city...Make sure you go to some of the museums there.
Providence, Rhode Island is another great time, too.
For breathtaking sunsets and scenery and that old time charm-- Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the fall cannot be beat. Fall is the perfect time to go-- is past the chaotic tourist season.. I recommend "Fort Hill" in Eastham, Mass. for some great ocean views and rolling hills. And go to Provincetown! Go to the Lobster Pot on Commercial street and get the clam chowder. It has won many well deserved awards. And don't forget to tip the street performers! And say hi to the many drag queens! have fun!
Re: New England in the Fall. by Speedwaye on 9 May 2004 2:00am

As a born-and-bred Bostonian, i can highly recommend spending time all over the city. The Museum of Fine Arts is world-class, Symphony Hall is breathtaking, the Charles River is nice to walk along in any season, the Museum of Science is cool (if you're not into museums or science, at least consider that they have an IMax theatre and laser shows nightly), Harvard Square is one of the hippest, most diverse and chill spots in the world, Lansdowne Street is a sweet spot for nightlife and is also right behind the Green Monster of legendary Fenway Park (GO SOX.) The aforementioned Freedom Trail (a big red stripe on the sidewalk that runs miles along major historical sites like the Old North Church and Bunker Hill monument), Quincy Market and Fanueil Hall are popular and fun too. If you visit in September and are partial to that sort of thing, the Freedom Rally (a.k.a. the East Coast's largest pro-marijuana rally and smokeout) is always a big party, and it's the one day a year the cops won't try to stop any of the 100,000 people on the common for smoking ganja.
Providence, RI is like Boston Jr. Thayer St. outside Brown is their equivalent of Harvard Square. There's many cool bars in Providence as well.
Northern Maine has beautiful foliage, as does Vermont. If you're going to be there in late fall/winter and you're into skiing or boarding, the Northeast has some exquisite slopes, Saddleback Mountain in Maine is less known but highly recommended. Also, Mount Katahdin in Maine is a nice place to camp.
The beaches in Boston and greater Boston are mostly seedy or polluted, unfortunately. For nicer shores you'd want to check out Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, York Beach in Maine, and Westport or Horseneck Beach in South Mass.
Anything i'm forgetting?
Re: New England in the Fall. by Helen on 10 May 2004 4:16pm
Acadia National park in Maine....
Newport, Rhode Island...
um, er,
the pizza in New Haven, CT is spectacular... :)
Re: New England in the Fall. by peripatetically on 10 May 2004 8:53pm
I have to agree , helen. Acadia is absolutely gorgeous. I'd like to return sometime and do it justice. I was only there for a day and a half on my way home from Quebec. A little out of the way, but more than well worth it!!!!
Re: New England in the Fall. by George on 11 May 2004 12:57am
If fall color is your thing, I can't help but recommend the the Appalachian Mts. of TN, NC, & VA. It's a little out of the way, but well worth it from Sept-Nov. The ski resorts are open and have very cheap rates at that time of year. You can fly in to Charlotte, NC.
Re: New England in the Fall. by rick694uk on 11 May 2004 11:21am
Thanks to everyone who answered my request. Some great suggestions there and it sounds like a busy and exciting two weeks! Sorry for the delay in replying. I haven't passed through here in a while. Thanks again, Palinites!


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