Best for: Spring cities
The journey: 216 miles
Arrive in Boston for a spring break and stroll on the campus of Cambridge. After enjoying the sunny banks of Boston Common and buying a wardrobe’s worth of clothes in Back Bay’s shops, it’s time to show them off somewhere bigger. New York is the wisecracking younger brother of bookish Boston. If you want to ramp up the shows and sights after bumbling around in historic Boston’s cobbled streets, then head south and drop off your car in New York. Then you can hit the shops in the Meatpacking district, catch a Broadway show or see a world-class exhibition on the Upper East Side.
Saunter over to Staten Island or Coney Island for a breath of fresh air and a funfair. In spring, enjoy the St Patrick’s day parade, the start of baseball season and walking out in the elevated urban gardens of New York’s High Line.
Stay at: The Standard Highline, New York, a sparkly high rise with beautiful views over the Hudson. Make sure you grab a drink in the bar for sunset.
It starts in September in the northernmost mountains of Vermont. Visitors flock to follow the changing foliage as it spreads like wildfire down through the red, black and sugar maples of the White Mountains.