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Each year the crisp and colorful fall colors lure travelers from around the globe for a New England vacation. The six US states that make up New England include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Perfectly planned New England fall vacations feature a good balance of historic and local sightseeing, reveling in the mid-Atlantic fall colors, the incredible scenery, and relaxing in posh New England hotels.

New England Things to Do

Rich in American history and heritage, these north-eastern US coastal states offer much to experience for tourists on a New England vacation:

  • Visit Boston, the “Cradle of Liberty” and follow the route taken by Paul Revere.
  • Visit the Battle Green, where the American Revolution officially started with a single “shot heard around the world.
  • Visit John F. Kennedy’s summer ‘white house’ in Hyannis, near Cape Cod.
  • Walk down the historical streets of Edgartown, lined with exquisite Colonial homes.
  • Tour the 70 room Vanderbilt summer cottage known as “The Breakers” in Rhode Island.
  • Admire paintings at the Norman Rockwell Museum near the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, and walk through Norman Rockwell’s artist studio that has been left virtually untouched.
  • Check in to the town of Woodstock, Vermont, otherwise known as the “prettiest small town in America.”
  • Savor a truly authentic lobster dinner in Portland, Maine, along the Atlantic coast.

Popular New England Vacation Sights

While on your New England vacation, you cannot miss out on the most popular, must-see New England destinations, such as:

Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts: Studied by children in history classes across the United States, Plymouth Rock is a symbol of the first Pilgrims to land in America in 1620. Park guides and interpreters are on hand to answer any questions about this historical part of our United States history.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: This island is full of natural beauty, unsoiled beaches and clay cliffs, which boast of a timeless element that lures visitors to return time and again. The charm and character of Martha’s Vineyard, the island named after a European sailor’s daughter, attracts artists, poets, and singers as well as celebrities and tourists.

Newport, Rhode Island: Home to Newport Colonial Mansions and known as the sailing capital of the world. Newport’s top sights include the famous Vanderbilt Summer Cottage, the 400 Club’s mansion, and St. Mary’s church, where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier wed.

Caravan’s New England Vacations

Enjoy a fully escorted New England Vacation by Caravan Tours. These all inclusive tours loop through all six New England states along the northern East Coast of the United States.

Included in New England vacation are stops at most of the destinations mentioned in this article.

Visit Caravan’s New England Tour Reviews page to read experiences by fellow travelers on this fully escorted, all-inclusive fall colors tour of New England by Caravan Tours or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826)

Caravan fall foliage tours include visits to some of the top Massachusetts attractions.

Of the six New England states, Massachusetts is the most heavily populated.

Its significant role in the American Revolution makes Massachusetts a very popular vacation destination that features plenty of sightseeing, educational tours, and quaint villages where one can relax.

Massachusetts’ tourism has become increasingly more important to the economy. Cape Cod and Martha’s Island (home to Martha’s Vineyard) are popular tourist areas as vacationers come for the warm summers or to take in New England’s beautiful fall colors.

Things to Do in Massachusetts

Thanks to Massachusetts’ role in shaping American early history, the state is filled with historically significant attractions including:

Old North Bridge –Officially termed the North Bridge, this historical bridge crosses the Concord River where the first day of battle, known as the Battle of Concord, took place in the Revolutionary War.

Plymouth Rock – A significant symbol in American History, this popular Massachusetts attraction memorializes the arrival of William Bradford and the Mayflower pilgrims in 1620, who would later go on to establish Plymouth Colony.

Oak Bluffs –Situated on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, the Oak Bluffs are dotted by five historic lighthouses that for decades have guided ships through dark and foggy nights.

Vineyard Haven – As a small community in the town of Tisbury, Vineyard Haven is the access point to Martha’s Vineyard. Home to the Steamship Authority Wharf, steamboats and ferries arrive and depart from Vineyard Haven year-round.

Areas to Vacation in Massachusetts

While Boston Massachusetts still attracts the most state visitors, there are several other quaint locations suitable for wonderful Massachusetts’ vacations:

Cape Cod, MA – Long sandy beaches that line Upper, Mid-Cape, and Lower Cape Cod are natural attractions for tourists seeking historical maritime charm.

Hyannis, MA – As part of Cape Cod, Hyannis is a hot spot village that features fish shacks, endless outdoor activities, and Cape Cod’s most unique shopping opportunities.

Martha’s Vineyard, MA – A short 45 minute ferry transports Massachusetts vacationers from Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard. The glacial Aquinnah Cliffs are a sight to behold and the colorful 1800’s cottages reflect the charming lifestyle of many artists, poets, and singers that have come to the island seeking peace and creative inspiration.

Edgartown, MA – Once a prosperous whaling community and port, Edgartown has been transformed into an upscale yachting center, where art galleries, local shops, and stately homes line the narrow streets.

Massachusetts Vacation Attractions – Part of New England Fall Tours

Caravan Tours has been offering fully escorted, all inclusive tours, like our New England Fall Tours, since 1952. Our New England Vacation packages are filled with visits to many of the Massachusetts’ historical sites and towns mentioned in this article.

There is so much to see and so many things do in New England. Our Fall Foliage tour is all inclusive and includes your food, accommodations, transportation and all itinerary activities while on your Caravan vacation.

Read FAQs about New England Fall Vacation Packages and then check availability to reserve your spot today or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).