vacanze Fly & Drive a Boston in base alla stagione

di Eloise Barker

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I sei Stati del New England sono meravigliosi tutto l'anno: scopri una terra di aragoste e fari in estate o di case di legno e foreste dai colori coinvolgenti in autunno. Parti da Boston ed esplora New York, Cape Cod e Vermont: abbiamo un viaggio meraviglioso per ogni stagione.

Da Boston a New York

L'ideale per: Una vacanza in due città gemellate in primavera

Il viaggio: 216 miglia

New York is the wisecracking younger brother of bookish Boston. Both cities are magical in springtime, and you can drive between them in half a day. Start in Boston, where you can stroll on the pleasant campus of Harvard in Cambridge or enjoy the sunny pathways of Boston Common. If you fancy shopping in the city, you can buy a whole wardrobe’s worth of clothes in the shops at Back Bay: perfect if you fancy rocking up to New York in a brand-new outfit.

After dropping your hire car off in New York, saunter through Central Park on foot for cherry blossom and sprawling lawns. In spring you can enjoy the St Patrick’s Day parade, the start of baseball season and walking through the elevated urban gardens of the High Line.

Stay at: You might be in the big city now, but there’s no need to choose an impersonal hotel experience once you arrive in New York. Hotel Indigo Lower East Side NYC is quirky and urban, with its own rooftop bar and swimming pool.

Inizia a settembre nelle montagne più a nord del Vermont. I visitatori arrivano a frotte per assistere alla caduta delle foglie degli aceri rossi, neri e zuccherini delle White Mountains.

  • Cape Cod. © Christopher Seufert Photography.

    Rilassarsi a Cape Cod

    D'estate la popolazione di Cape Cod si triplica. Le quindici città esplodono di visitatori e le case malandate spalancano le porte.

  • Pontile deserto a Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC, USA. © Moussa81.
  • La Mayflower II, una riproduzione del 1956, è ormeggiata nel porto di Plymouth. © Ken Wiedemann.

    Come un pellegrino

    In ricordo della nave che portò in America i primi pellegrini nel 1620, questa riproduzione della Mayflower è stata rimessa a nuovo in tempo per il 2020, il 400° anniversario della città di Plymouth.

    Soggiornare a Plymouth

Da Boston a Hyannis

L'ideale per: Fughe estive

Il viaggio: 70 miglia

In summer, Boston’s walkable streets become spaces for outdoor living – whether you attend a festival at Seaport, summer concerts at the Memorial Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, or simply sit outside on the terraces at Faneuil Hall. After you’ve made the most of this boutique city, it’s time to head coast-wards to Cape Cod. En-route, stop for a naval history lesson in Plymouth – this is where pilgrims bravely disembarked from the Mayflower and started lives in America.

Proseguendo verso Cape Cod, troverai miglia e miglia delle spiagge più belle d'America. Lungo la riva si trovano affascinanti edifici in tavole di legno: modeste case di capitani di mare, imponenti fari ed empori dove acquistare una valanga di gelato. Lascia un po' di spazio per i tipici panini con l'astice e poi brucia i piatti tipici della East Coast pedalando lungo il percorso ferroviario, un sentiero che permette di attraversare odorose pinete e sei città di Cape Cod. Se vuoi esplorare ancora, puoi fare una visita in giornata alla Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, minuscole isole dove hanno la seconda casa i benestanti.

Dove soggiornare: Holiday Inn Cape Cod Hyannis enjoys a heated indoor pool, whirlpool and seasonal outdoor pool, plus the delights of dinner and drinks in the Mad Hatter lounge. It’s also a great choice for budget-conscious travellers.

Da Boston a Salem, Portsmouth e le White Mountains

L'ideale per: Foglie d'autunno

Il viaggio: 143 miglia

In autumn, you’ll need to leave Boston to see the best sight of the season: New England’s famous fall foliage. 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. As the trees change, the harvest comes in and townspeople celebrate with cranberry, grape and apple festivals.

A sole 17 miglia da Boston, si può visitare Salem per racconti di stregoneria che inquieteranno anche le menti più tranquille, soprattutto verso ottobre, quando i turisti si riuniscono a frotte per il festival Haunted Happenings, che dura tutto il mese. Si può assistere a rievocazioni dal vivo dei processi alle streghe e farsi abbindolare con fantomatiche letture dei tarocchi. Roba da streghe, appunto.

  • La Goult Pickman House, l'edificio più antico di Salem. © D. Trozzo / Alamy Stock Photo.

    Qualcosa di inquietante

    The small, casement leaded glass windows on this 17th Century house look uninviting, but they were built out of necessity: glass was very scarce in the colonies. Next to this clapboard house is Old Burying Point Cemetery, where a Witchcraft Trails judge and a Mayflower passenger are buried.

    In macchina fino a Salem
  • Walkway at The Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire, USA. © Noppawat Tom Charoensinphon.

    Andando a pesca

    La leggenda vuole che la 93enne Jess Guernsey era andata a pesca quando scoprì per caso Flume Gorge nel 1808. La sua scoperta è una delle grandi meraviglie naturali dell'America. Percorrete il sentiero di due miglia per punti di osservazione sul Mount Liberty.

    Voli per Boston
  • Stowe Village Church. © Ken Wiedemann.

    Rilassati a Stowe

    And appreciate its turning trees in autumn and its ski village in winter.

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Drive north to Portsmouth, which has a perfectly recreated 17th Century village, Strawberry Banke, where you can play Puritan for a little while and then explore the USS Albacore, a naval submarine. Next, head inland to the White Mountains. The dramatic peaks of New Hampshire are lined with walking trails. You can take a scenic drive from North Conway towards Chocorua Lake, where the pointy peak of Mt Chocorua rises above the red trees. Follow the wild river at Flume Gorge’s short walking trail and keep your eyes peeled for wild moose, black bear and photo opportunities when you pass under the iconic covered bridges on the woodland roads.

Stay at: The trendy YOTEL Boston is full of fun modern gimmicks: there’s a robot at reception and mood lighting and a monsoon shower in your room.

  • Veduta aerea del parco High Line di New York, USA. © Alija.

    Sul percorso

    Vai da Boston a New York in primavera e scoprirai la High Line, un insolito parco in città.

Boston per le piste

Ottimo per: la neve d'inverno

Il viaggio: 199 miglia

In winter, Boston’s streets are banked with snow and there’s nothing more tempting than a cosy Irish pub, followed by shopping in the sales at Downtown Crossing and skating on Boston Common’s Frog Pond. Then, make your getaway to the mountains of Vermont. The town of Stowe sits below the slopes of Vermont’s highest mountain. The ski slopes are six miles away, so having your car is useful to reach Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. There are 13 lifts to whisk you up the slopes, and over half the trails in the area are perfect for intermediate skiers. Cruise along Perry Merrill, a long, gentle blue run named after the state official who pioneered skiing in Vermont. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views while you carve up the slopes.

Fifteen minutes from Stowe is Waterbury, the home of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The famous factory runs tours – even in winter, so diehard fans can still sample a scoop in the snow. Don’t miss the funny ‘graveyard’ of discontinued flavours (featuring monuments to the forgotten delights of ‘Aloha Macadamia’ and ‘Holy Cannoli’).

Dove soggiornare: Stowe Mountain Lodge is actually based in Stowe’s alpine village, so it’s right on the slopes. It’s a large hotel with multiple bars and restaurants, and the ski valet – who guards your winter gear when you clock in for apres-ski – is a lovely touch.