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 Tours’ Rhode Island vacation lets you explore the smallest of the six New England states. Learn the historical and architectural significance and the Rhode Island mansions, which were homes to many historical figures.

Often referred to as “Little Rhody,” the State of Rhode Island is lined by over 400 miles of coastline, and is home to 20% of America’s registered historic landmarks, including The Breakers and The Elms along with 400 Club and St. Mary’s Church, all of which are located in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island.

Here are Caravan Tours’ Top 4 Newport Rhode Island vacation attractions that are included as part of Caravan’s all inclusive New England tour.

1. Newport RI – Sailing Capital of the World

Newport Rhode Island boasts that it’s easy to “fall” for its natural beauty. Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this spectacular coastal town is highly hospitable. Some say it is the shining gem in New England’s coastal crown.

Newport Rhode Island is also famous for its Gilded Age mansions that once were home to prestigious families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts. Apart from the historical significance of these beautiful coastal mansions, Newport RI also showcases its many seafaring adventures such as sailing, yachting, and fishing. Tours of Coastal Forts, museums, and historic sites round off any Rhode Island vacation to the yachting capital of the world.

2. Vanderbilt Summer Cottage – The Marble House

William Vanderbilt’s summer cottage, known as The Marble House, is much more than a cottage. It is located in the heart of Newport and is one of three highly recommended mansions worth visiting on any Rhode Island vacation.

William Vanderbilt had William Morris Hunt design this mansion as a gift to his wife Alva, on her 39th birthday. Built to completion in 1892, this extravagant palace totalled about $11 million at the time and features more than 500,000 cubic feet of beautiful marble.

The Vanderbilt’s were very prominent citizens and consummate hosts during Newport’s Gilded Age, and held many parties at the Mansion. Unfortunately, the couple divorced just three short years after the construction of Marble House was completed. Only in 1920, after William’s death, did Alva reopen the Marble House.

Today the Preservation Society of Newport County opens the Marble House for daily tours of the mansion, including its Chinese Tea House and its immaculate grounds.

3. Newport’s 400 Club

Some of the cottages, as the Newport Rhode Island mansions were called, were eligible for entering the elite country club known as the “400 Club.” The requirements for joining the 400 Club included having $3 million in cash (equivalent to about $100 million today) and a ballroom that was big enough to host 400 people. The Breakers and The Elms are two other popular mansions worth visiting on your Rhode Island vacation. The Breakers and The Elms can be found while driving through the streets that were originally home to the Rhode Island’s elite 400 Club.

4. Newport’s St. Mary’s Church

This Roman Catholic parish is the oldest of its kind in Rhode Island, established in April 1828.

Father Robert Woodley, who was newly ordained at the time, was given the task of exploring the possibility of starting a church in Rhode Island. After investigating other possible sites, Woodley decided on Newport RI because of its enthusiastic residents.

St. Mary’s Church likely became most famous when John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier decided to be married in the building in 1953.

Today, Newport’s St. Mary’s Church is designated as a National Historic Shrine and many Rhode Island tourists admire its second period Gothic style, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in all of New England.

Rhode Island Attractions – Part of New England Fall Tours

Your Rhode Island vacation is included as part of Caravan Tours’ New England Vacation packages, which also include a tour of the Vanderbilt’s summer cottage, The Marble House, as well as a sightseeing tour through 400 Club and St. Mary’s Church in Newport.

Caravan Tours has specialized in fully escorted all inclusive tours since 1952. Read reviews for the New England Fall Colors Vacation Packages or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your space today!