New England

New England

We’d planned our trip so we could view New England during the fall when the leaves would be in their beautiful colours. 

Torrington, Connecticut - Londonderry, Vermont - Colebrook, New Hampshire - Boston, Massachusetts - Cape Cod, Massachusetts (plus other small towns)

Torrington, Connecticut – Londonderry, Vermont – Colebrook, New Hampshire – Boston, Massachusetts – Cape Cod, Massachusetts (plus other small towns)

We hit the jackpot as the leaves were mostly just reaching their peak.  The reds and oranges of the leaves set against the cloudy backdrop was spectacular.  Even in places where it was just past peak it was still  beautiful with all the leaves floating around in the air and on the ground.

Our first stop was Torrington, Connecticut where we got our first glimpse of the foliage.  We found a campsite about 15 minutes from the town and were given a site right by a small lake and trees bright with red foliage.  Bryce of course started hunting for frogs in the nearby lake.  He was fascinated to learn that these particular frogs squeaked before jumping away from Bryce into the safety of the water.

The following morning we set off towards our next planned stop of Londonderry, Vermont.  We took backroads and drove through many a quaint village.  It was very picturesque.  Our favourite parts were  the colourful foliage reflected in the lakes.  Along the way we got to view a few famous old covered bridges including the longest one in the USofA.  That evening we set up camp in a State park  in the tiny town of Jamaica about 20 minutes from Londonderry. Yet again it was very beautiful as our campsite was set amongst trees covered in foliage.

One of the many covered bridges

One of the many covered bridges

On our third morning we set off again with our sights this time set on Colebrook, New Hampshire.  We found another State campsite not far from the township.  It was probably the coldest night that we had ever had and sleeping in the van wasn’t that nice.  It was a little rainy and windy and it made us realise that the weather was finally changing.  No more Florida weather that’s for sure!  However, despite the cold the setting of our campsite was stunning and Bryce soon got a fire going to keep us warm.

After our chilly night we took a detour through the State of Maine on our way to Boston, Massachusetts.  We stopped for lunch at a popular seaside spot called Kennebunkport.  It was a very cute little seaside town.

Harvard Square

Harvard Square

That afternoon we arrived in Boston and set up camp at Wompatuck State park, 30 minutes from downtown.  The following day we set off early to explore Boston.  We decided to take a trolley tour of the Freedom Trail.  We learnt a lot of the interesting history of Boston so it was a great way to see the city.  We stopped for lunch and of course had to have famous Boston lobster.  It was so gooooood!  Following lunch we headed out to Harvard Square.  Although we had a map we got lost as soon as we hit the famous university so let’s just say we’re not Harvard made.

After our two nights in Boston we continued our journey of New England by setting off to explore Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This time we set up camp at Nickerson State Park.  We took the day to drive to the top of Cape Cod mostly along the backroads of historic route 6A.  There were plenty of cute little villages along the way.  The last town you can drive to is Provincetown so we stopped there for lunch before exploring the local beach.  There were a few elephant seals playing in the water so that was a bonus.

The entire district of New England and its foliage was really beautiful all the way from Torrington to Provincetown.  We’d definitely go there again during fall just to see the amazing colours.

 

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