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Holidays in North East Corridor

Many see America’s North East as the most familiar part of the USA, with the picturesque New England states, famous for its seafood and scenic drives, to the bustling and varied cities of Boston, with its colonial history; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s grand metropolis and the birthplace of American democracy; and, of course, Washington, D.C. – the capital of the USA. The North East region offers global wonders beyond its cities; namely in the form of Niagara Falls – perhaps America’s most iconic water feature.

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Best time to visit the North East Corridor: Autumn when the scenery is particularly beautiful and temperatures are pleasant and cool.

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Washington D.C’s main airport is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) which is 42 km west of downtown Washington. Logan International Airport (BOS) is Boston’s main airport, and is 5km from downtown Boston. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is 13km from downtown Philadelphia.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to the North East Corridor and discover its rich colonial history, quaint seaside towns and vibrant cities with brilliantly illuminated skylines.

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Boston Park Plaza

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Great American Cities by Rail

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Boston & New York by Rail

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Motorhome

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Classic New England Self Drive

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A Taste of New England

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New England’s picture postcard scenery is filled with charming little villages, lush green valleys and a seemingly endless coastline. Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, and one of the oldest cities in the USA. With its narrow, winding roads and red brick buildings, the city has an old world European feel to it. Discover the city’s rich history along the Freedom Trail which takes in some of the most important sites from Boston’s revolutionary past. Known as the ‘Birthplace of America”, Philadelphia is home to the most historic square mile in the U.S. The city’s diverse art scene and vibrant street life make it one of the most exciting cultural spots in the country.

You’ll find most Washington D.C. attractions along the 3.2km long strip known as the National Mall. Beginning with the iconic Lincoln Memorial at the western end, wander alongside the glistening reflecting pool towards the Washington Memorial, a 169m tall obelisk dedicated to the first President of the United States, George Washington.

So good they named it twice’, New York isn’t just a city, but a fast-paced and energetic experience. The city’s five boroughs feature a wealth of exciting activities for all interests and age groups. Attractions like the Empire State Building Observatory or Top of the Rock afford breathtaking views of the skyline at dizzying heights, while NYC’s huge parks offer a much-needed sense of tranquility when your feet are back on the ground.

From quaint little seaside towns with long sandy beaches to the rugged green mountains of Vermont, rural New England offers some of the most spectacular scenery in America. New England autumns are particularly beautiful, when the foliage turns from green to dazzling reds, golds and oranges.

Boston is an exciting city of intriguing diversity. There’s history and high technology, vibrant neighbourhoods and a thrilling cultural scene. You’ll learn about the city’s colonial background on the Freedom Trail, which links together some of the most important sites from the American Revolution. Don’t miss the unbeatable atmosphere of Fenway Park when the legendary Boston Red Sox baseball team play at home.

The fifth largest city in the United States, Philadelphia is a culture hub known for its public art with more than 3,500 outdoor murals. With nicknames like the ‘Birthplace of America’ and ‘City of Brotherly Love’, here you’ll find a modern renaissance city where history meets a bustling innovative city. Tuck into an authentic Philly Cheesesteak or check-out the eclectic culinary scene and celebrity chefs that call PHL home.

Washington D.C.’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most celebrated monuments. The fantastic structures, statues and temples that grace the National Mall tell fascinating stories through their history and design. The city is also easily walkable; as is both Philadelphia and Boston, the latter of which offers the interesting 2.5-mile Freedom Trail route that links the key sights of the colonial city. During the summer months, locals head to New England for its soft, sandy beaches. Snack on crispy fried clams and creamy lobster rolls as you wander along its almond-coloured coastline. In July, celebrate America’s birthday in its birthplace with the WaWa Welcome America July 4th celebration in Philadelphia. 

Walk up Pennsylvania Avenue and you’ll find The White House, the home of the current president. Boston’s Freedom Trail is a 4km path through some of the most significant sites of the American Revolution. The route includes the Old Granary Burial Ground where some of the city’s most important revolutionaries are buried. In Philadelphia, pay a visit to Independence National Historical Park home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was first adopted, and where the U.S. Constitution was written.

Washington D.C.’s National Mall is home to some of the country’s best museums, many of which are free to enter. See the famous Hubble Telescope at the National Air & Space Museum and visit the National Museum of American History to catch a glimpse of Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you’ll find world-famous works by van Gogh, Dali and Monet and The Barnes Foundation, home to the world’s most significant collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Relive the famous scenes leading up to the American Revolution at the Boston Tea Party Museum. With re-enactors in period costume and fun interactive exhibits, it’s one of the best things for kids to do in the North East Corridor.

Straddling the border between the USA and Canada, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the North East Corridor. Made up of three plunging waterfalls, its powerful beauty makes it one of the most romantic places on earth. You can even go behind the Falls where you’ll hear the thundering water cascading over your head and into the lake below. Discover New England’s windswept beaches with a trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Visit Provincetown during the summer months and head out onto the water to catch sight of majestic humpback whales.

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NORTH EAST CORRIDOR IS BEST FOR ...

HISTORY BUFFS
Learn more about Boston’s colonial past along the 4km long Freedom Trail.

MUSEUM FANS
See the Hubble Telescope at Washington D.C.’s National Air & Space Museum and works by van Gogh and Dali at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

NATURE LOVERS
The breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls and New England’s dazzling autumn foliage.


FAST FACTS

Language:The language spoken in the North East Corridor is English..

Currency: The currency used in the North East Corridor is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: The North East Corridor is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Washington D.C’s main airport is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) which is 42 km west of downtown Washington. Logan International Airport (BOS) is Boston’s main airport, and is 5km from downtown Boston. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is 13km from downtown Philadelphia.

Flight time from UK: 6-8 hours.

Tourist Information: Further North East Corridor 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 the North East Corridor.


WEATHER & CLIMATE

Temperatures: Late 20s/early 30s (°C) in summer.

Best time to visit the North East Corridor: Autumn when the scenery is particularly beautiful and temperatures are pleasant and cool.

Weather in the North East Corridor is hot during the summer months when you’ll find a whole host of free outdoor events taking place in the major cities. Temperatures often reach the late 20s/early 30s (°C) and it can get humid, so make sure you always carry a bottle of water.


GETTING AROUND

Washington D.C.: The Washington Metrorail is easy and convenient, serving 86 stations across the city and into the suburbs.

Philadelphia: Philadelphia’s SEPTA network of trains and buses is the fifth largest in the USA. Pick up a One-Day Independence Pass for the best value.

Boston: Boston’s bus and subway service is known as the ‘T’. Buy a reusable CharlieCard to use the service, and you’ll also get discounted entry to a number of Boston attractions.


EVENTS

July 4th: The North East Corridor is the birthplace of the American independence movement, so July 4th is always an exciting time to visit. Celebrate the nation’s birthday in Washington D.C., when a military parade proceeds through the city streets before the sky is lit up with patriotic red, white and blue fireworks. Boston’s Harborfest celebrates the occasion with historical re-enactments and free concerts, attracting 2.5 million visitors every year.
Celebrate America’s birthday in its birthplace with the WaWa Welcome America July 4th celebration in Philadelphia.

Autumn colours: You can’t beat New England during the autumn. See the leaves transform into vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, taste homemade cider at a traditional cider mill, and drive to the coast to try the region’s renowned seafood.


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