Best for: A springtime twin-city break
The journey: 216 miles
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.
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.