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Holidays in New England

The New England region is tucked into the northeast corner of the USA, between New York and Canada. It’s made up of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It faces the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and has stony coasts and sandy beaches, mountains, and peaceful countryside. Take a leisurely road trip through all six states, and try freshly-baked peach cobbler, whale-spotting, and wandering barefoot across a soft, sandy Cape Cod beach.

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Best time to visit New England: Spring and autumn for outdoor adventures, summer for the beaches and in the winter for the snowsports.

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Boston’s Logan International Airport, which is close to the city centre.

Discover a land of rugged charms and sophisticated style when you book your Thomas Cook holiday to New England.

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Boston Park Plaza
Hotel highlights
  • With a stay at Boston Park Plaza, you'll be centrally located in Boston
  • Minutes from John Hancock Tower and Boston Public Garden
  • This 4-star hotel is close to Boston Common and Copley Place

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  • 24hr Resort Service
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Classic New England

Fly Drive - 15 days

Hotel highlights
  • Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston
  • Take in beautiful Acadia National Park
  • Visit Plymouth’s Pilgrim landing site

What is included?

  • Flights London/Boston/London
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Car Hire



A Taste of New England

Fly Drive - 8 days

Hotel highlights
  • Follow the Maine Coast
  • Great views from the Green Mountains
  • Gorgeous Vistas in Cape Cod

What is included?

  • Flights London/Boston/London
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Car Hire



New England & Niagara Falls

Fly drive – 15 days

Hotel highlights
  • The Scenic White Mountains
  • New York States’ stunning Adirondack Mountains
  • Wonderful sandy beaches of Cape Cod

What is included?

  • Flights London/Boston/London
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Car hire



Great American Cities by Rail

Rail Tour – 8 days

Hotel highlights
  • Walk Boston’s Freedom Trail
  • See the sights of New York
  • Trolley tour of Washington D.C

What is included?

  • City Sights All Loops Tour
  • Flights London/Boston – Washington/London
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • AMTRAK rail between each city. City sightseeing in Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Washington D.C



Boston & New York Rail Tour

Rail Tour – 7 days

Hotel highlights
  • Walk the famous Freedom Trail
  • Amazing countryside between Boston & New York
  • Sightseeing in New York

What is included?

  • Flights London/Boston – New York/London
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • AMTRAK train between Boston & New York



Rhode Island is the smallest state in the USA, but offers plenty of stunning beaches. Massachusetts is the historic centre of New England, and home to Boston, the biggest city in the region. Wander along the dunes of Cape Cod, and you’ll see why it’s a draw for artists and writers. New Hampshire is picture-postcard perfect, with its forests, mountain views, beaches, and quaint little villages. Vermont’s bold autumn colours need no filters, they’re worth the trip alone. All the New England states could fit into Maine, the ‘Pine Tree State’, which boasts stunning white pine tree scenery.

For autumn and winter outings, Vermont has some of the best resorts in New England. See the famously vivid colours of the fall leaves for yourself; sample the local maple syrup and cheese (together, if you like). Its Magic Mountain and Stowe Mountain resorts are hugely popular.

One of the best places to stay in New England is Boston (Massachusetts), the largest city in the region. Stay near downtown Boston and explore Back Bay’s elegant boutiques and restaurants.  A trip to one of Cape Cod’s soft and sandy beaches is a must.

Nicknamed ‘Little Rhody’, there’s plenty to enjoy in the USA’s smallest state. Hotels and resorts in Rhode Island’s cities of Providence and Newport are perfect for families. On Block Island you’ll find 17 miles of beaches, and sparkling Atlantic waters to dip your toes in. 

With so much unspoiled landscape at your feet, exploring the New England outdoors is a must. Mix it up with indoor pursuits, and see the museums and historical sites that open up a world of Native American, European and early American history. Start your day with a stack of classic American-style pancakes drizzled in locally-made maple syrup, plus a side of fresh blueberries. Follow the trail of vineyards in Connecticut, the southernmost New England state. Water everywhere means plenty of seafood, which New England is famous for, with dishes like clam chowder and boiled lobster.

All year round, there are plenty of natural attractions to enjoy in New England. In summer, stroll along tranquil sandy beaches like the family-friendly Joseph Sylvia State Beach (Martha’s Vineyard). Go whale, seal and puffin-watching on a cruise along the coasts. Come autumn, have your camera ready to capture the jewel-like colours of Vermont’s leaves, and go hiking or biking along routes like the stunning Appalachian Trail. You can also explore Maine’s Acadia National Park, and get a fantastic view from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge observation deck. Get an alternative view (and adrenaline hit) by zip-lining through the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

New England might seem tranquil, but its terrain and distinct seasons make it the perfect place to let loose in the great outdoors. As well as ziplining and skiing, you’ll find lots of adventure resorts, like the Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, which is the perfect summer getaway with its horseback riding and the mile-long Alpine Slide. Vermont’s Sugarbush and Smuggler’s Notch resorts are great for families; the kids can learn to fish and go on llama treks. If you prefer something slower-paced, Stratton Mountain is the go-to place for calmer activities and sports training.

Take the older kids to see the gruesome history of the Salem (Massachusetts) witch trials. Don’t miss the nearby Pirate Museums or Witch Dungeon museum, which kids of all ages can enjoy. In Portland, the Children’s Museum of Maine offers a climbing wall and lots of other interactive activities for children to get hands-on with. Visit Boston’s New England aquarium and neighbouring Simons IMAX Theatre, while in Connecticut the kids will love the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum. Six Flags in Agawam (Massachusetts) offers the classic theme park day out.

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Have your hiking boots and camera ready, New England’s terrain is beautiful and rugged in equal measure.

You’ll see the best of New England cruising through its rural villages, coastal routes and forests.

Modern American history starts in Boston, and its monuments and museums are must-sees for those interested in the USA’s fascinating past.


Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: The New England area is five hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Boston’s Logan International Airport, which is close to the city centre.

Flight time from UK: Around eight hours.

Tourist information: Further New England tourist information can be found here

Visa & health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to New England.


New England is on the same latitude as Rome, meaning summer days can be hot, especially on the coast. Pack additional layers for cooler night-time temperatures. Winters can be rather long the further inland you get, and the snowfall can be deep.

Temperature: Average temperatures in spring (April to early June) range from 4 to 15°C, summer (June to August) reach nearly 30°C. The cool autumn (September to November) is around 10°C and under, and winter (November to March) tends to be just below freezing.

Best time to visit New England: Spring and autumn for outdoor adventures; summer for the beaches; in winter for the snowsports.


By car: The easiest way to get around New England is to drive. Although greater Boston has a good public transport system, it mainly serves commuters during weekday working hours.

By sea: To reach the smaller islands, you’ll need to go by ferry and you can leave the car behind.


Running fun: Cheer on the athletes in the prestigious Boston Marathon (mid-April), or soak up the welcoming atmosphere if you happen to be taking part.

St. Patrick’s Day: Few places celebrate this mid-March saint’s day like Boston does, around a quarter of the population are of Irish descent. Get ready to paint the town green!

Food and drink: Celebrate the finest food in Maine at its Machias Blueberry Festival and Lobster Festival (Aug), and at Harvest on the Harbour (Oct), which showcases the best of New England’s food, wine and beer.

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