I am an Australian planning to fly to NYC and stay for a few weeks, in May/June period. After that planning to drive either up or down the US for a while. Which would you recommend... go down to Virginia, Carolinas Georgia, OR up to Boston, New Hampshire etc
I like- beautiful landscapes, wildlife. but also want to go to museums, visit lots of thrift shops, eat healthy food etc.
Ok thanks, which cities/towns are a 'must see' ? over 5 years agoAnswered by lucy via Travellr.com
Wow, tough call. I lived in NYC and Boston, so am biased when I say head North. You can do a loop that includes the Rhode Island coast, providence and Newport Beach ( old grand homes and new England wealth), great seafood, Providence has two amazing schools (RISD and Johnson & Wales) that mirror into the local art, food and culture scenes.
Over to Boston, a very lovely genteel city chocka with history, gorgeous architecture, great restaurants, museums, outdoors. Visit Cambridge, paddle on the Charles, rent a bike and cycle the fabulous minuteman bikeway starting at any point from Alewife to Lexington, passing through Arlington, great coffee and snack spots along the way. A great few hours activity. Then there's the Cape to explore and party in Provincetown.
Continuing on towards Maine, stop in Marblehead, Salem witch museum, Portsmouth New Hampshire, Portland Maine (great beer and food!), up to Arcadia National Park. All alo g the way you have lots of great coastal scenery (and lobster) with Arcadia you get rugged coast & peaks)
Head back inland through Maine and check out the lakes (kayaking is popular here), pick wild blueberries, tones of hiking and explore Mt katadin, the end/start point of the Appalachia trail. Tones of fishing here, old towns that will have lots of antique and vintage stores too.
Wend back through New Hampshire or even via Ver not (where I also lived) no shortage of thing that tick you boxes.
Then again, heading south, you hit DC ( a very cool city) the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, colonial virginia, civil war history spots, lovely Savannah and Charleston, thrift stores, southern cooking and BBQ ( not as healthy if you subscribe to Paula Deens regime!)
Tough choice! about 5 years ago