Walk through one of America’s most beautiful regions, hiking the highlights of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine
Hugging the continent’s rugged, spectacular north-eastern coast, New England calls to those who want to get close to America’s natural wonders. Pack the hiking shoes and a sense of adventure for a walk through sweeping forests and up soaring peaks. From Boston, travel through the ‘The Green Mountain State’ of Vermont, stocking up on tasty local produce on the way. Walk atop Presidents in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, then skirt the windy peninsulas and craggy shores of Maine’s Mid-Coast to unique Acadia National Park. A New England autumn offers one of the country’s most incredible natural sights: the changing colours of the trees sweeps northward, bringing blazing oranges, reds and yellow to create a awe-inspiring fiery landscape. The trails of New England await on this memorable hiking holiday.
Get your boots on for the best way to explore one of America’s most beautiful regions. Walk the highlight hikes of New England, with the reward of a comfortable night’s sleep at the end of the day
Discover the varied forests and mountains of three states – Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine – in the same time it would take for a through-hike
Taste local cheese, see how maple syrup gets made, and of course you can't visit Vermont without dropping in to Ben & Jerry's factory
Get a taste of the famous Appalachian Trail in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains.
After mountain trails, finish the trip with a walk along Boston's historic Freedom Trail. Travel through centuries of American history on a trail that tells the story of the Revolutionary War and introduces you to the US’s ‘walking city’
The focus of this trip is hiking. We tackle some of the more famous and spectacular hikes in these areas, but you must consider your physical ability for some of them. You'll get more out of the trip if you are fit and able to undertake some challenging hikes. There are always easier options if you don't feel able to do the hikes, but be aware that you will be on your own if doing a different hike to the rest of the group.
Many people like to visit the New England area to see the fall foliage. You need to be aware that the timing of the fall colours can depend on the weather, and it happens at a slightly different time every year. For help planning your trip around this, see http://discovernewengland.org/fall-foliage-maps for historic data and links to forecast maps.
This part of the country can experience extremes of weather. Summer can be very hot and humid on the east coast of the USA, whereas shoulder seasons can be chilly. Wet and windy weather can happen at any time, especially when hiking in mountains. Bring layers regardless of the season.
Traffic in and out of Boston can be busy. Be prepared for delays, especially on the drive back in to Boston at the end of the trip. This will be quite a long travel day, but the rugged New England scenery is a great distraction.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip.