Itinerary in brief:
- 2 nights Boston
- 2 nights Kennebunkport
- 2 nights Bar Harbor
- 2 nights North Conway
Day 1: Arrive Boston
On arrival in Boston you’ll make your own way into the city where you’ll check into your hotel for three nights.
Day 2: Boston
Spend your first morning in the USA following the Freedom Trail through the city, stopping at important historical buildings and sites, perfect for kids as you quickly move from one interesting monument to the next with no time to feel bored! Wander through Boston Common and see if you can spot the ‘Make Way for the Ducklings’ statues, beloved by children throughout the city. In the afternoon, you’ll head out on the water where we’ve included a whale watching tour - keep an eye out for humpbacks, finbacks and even minke whales. In the evening, why not head into the city for fish and chips or a delicious bowl of local clam chowder?
Day 3: Drive to Kennebunkport
After enjoying the sights of Boston, you’ll head north into the heart of New England, driving up to Kennebunkport on the southern coast of Maine. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for two nights.
Day 4: Kennebunkport
Today you can enjoy the Nonantum Resort, situated on the harbour. This friendly hotel has been welcoming families for years and is only a mile from town so perfectly situated for an early evening stroll for dinner and ice-cream. The day can be spent as you please and believe us, there are so many activities to enjoy here! Choose between hopping aboard a lobster boat, kayaking on the calm water by the resort or sailing down the Maine coast with fabulous views of the ocean. Twice a week the resort hosts a campfire singalong complete with roasted marshmallows – fun for all the family!
Day 5: Drive to Bar Harbor
After a morning of fun, you’ll continue further north in Maine. Drive over the bridge onto Mount Desert Island to the tiny town of Bar Harbor, on the outskirts of Acadia National Park. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for two nights. Why not wander into the small town and try the famous Maine lobster for dinner – either in a roll or simply dipped in butter!
Day 6: Acadia National Park
If you can bear to get up early, watching the sunrise from the summit of Cadillac Mountain will ensure Acadia National Park is firmly lodged in your family’s memory. Enjoy the 360-degree views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay and the Cranberry Island, then head down to Sand Beach for a morning walk along the shore, stopping in at one of Bar Harbours little cafes for brunch. In the afternoon, take on one of the many hiking trails that trace their way through the forest, or perhaps drive the scenic Park Loop road. Stop at the multiple pull-outs for stunning views across the ocean - breathing in the pure sea air is good for the soul!
Days 7: Drive to North Conway
Driving west, you’ll make your way into New Hampshire, arriving at the town of North Conway which is nestled in the southern end of the White Mountains. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for two nights.
Day 8: White Mountains
The White Mountains are full of fun activities to keep your family busy – whether its biking, hiking or flying through the treetops on a zipline, you’ll never be short of things to do. After a few hours of fun head up to the summit of Mount Washington on the cog railway. On a clear day you can see 6 states and the Atlantic Ocean - before finishing your time here with a plate of delicious local apple pancakes and glass of cool New Hampshire cider to toast a wonderful trip!
Day 9: Depart Boston
Today is your final day in New England – pile everyone into the car and head back to Boston Airport, where you’ll return your rental car and catch your onwards flight.