There’s nothing quite like New England in the summer. From stunning scenery to scrumptious local cuisine, there is a lot to experience, so it helps to be prepared to see as much as possible. From what to pack to where to go, there are plenty of details that should be thought out before you leave.
Choosing a Location
Think about your ideal road trip. What do you want to see? Do you prefer the coast or the country? Are there certain towns or cities that you want to stop in? Any hikes you want to do? Luckily, this unique region of the country has something for everyone. Here are some ideas to get started from our partners at Drive the Nation:
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Mixing Classic and Unconventional
There are plenty of tried and true road trips to take in the New England area. A quick online search will give you a ton of options. If you prefer water to land, driving down the New Hampshire coast and then around Cape Cod could be a great option, filled with beautiful views of the water and quaint beach towns. If you want to be engulfed in New England wilderness, Vermont may be your dream destination. Vermont’s Route 100 spans from the north end to the south end of the state and is known for its foliage and charming villages along the way.
And while these classic trips are great, quirky roadside attractions are often the most memorable parts of road trips. Did you know that the world’s largest Jack-in-the-Box is in Connecticut? Or that there is a desert in Maine? Do your research to find fun short stops along your trip to make it even more enjoyable.
What to Pack
Depending on how many passengers are in your vehicle and the size of your vehicle, you will likely be fairly limited in what you can bring on the road trip. New England summers can be pretty warm, but it definitely cools down at night. Pack comfortable clothing that can be layered.
Beyond clothing, you will also want to make sure you can capture each moment of the trip, from people you meet and roadside attractions to the amazing foliage. Plus, you’ve gotta show off a lobster at some point. Make sure your smartphone has a dual-pixel camera that can work well in low-light environments, like the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Plan not to Plan
Before you hit the road, you’ll probably want to choose your main sightseeing locations and the route to them, but that might be all you want to do. Summer is the season to embrace your free spirit, and this is a great region to play your nightly destination by ear. No matter which route you take, you’ll find great sights, restaurants, and hidden gems throughout the way. Visit the HotelCoupons.com mobile website or download the app to find hotels near you, wherever you decide to stop for the night.