The beautiful natural landscape and quaint villages of New England have long been popular with some of the world’s best movie-makers. On this 16-day, self-drive tour you’ll visit the filming locations for more than a dozen films and TV series, as well as exploring historic sites such as Salem and Plymouth Rock, and having plenty of time to relax in gorgeous settings, browse boutiques and art galleries, and enjoy delicious local cuisine.
Arrive Boston, MA
Your adventure begins as you arrive at Boston International Airport and proceed to your hotel. Boston has been the setting for over 400 movies, including classics such as Mystic River, Good Will Hunting, The Verdict and The Thomas Crown Affair, as well as TV shows including Cheers and Ally McBeal. You may like to join a guided tour to visit some familiar locations, or perhaps explore the Boston Movie Mile, a popular filming location in the Beacon Hill area of the city.
This morning you may like to visit Boston Commons, the USS Constitution Memorial and Beacon Hill, and perhaps take a walking tour along the Freedom Trail, which takes in 16 historic sites and makes a perfect introduction to Colonial and Revolutionary Boston. You can also visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a collection of boutiques and eateries housed in converted 18th-century warehouses, and enjoy the local street entertainers. Paul Revere’s House, the oldest building in downtown Boston, is also well worth a visit, as is the dock that was the site of the Boston Tea Party. You may also like to take a optional cruise of Boston Harbor to learn more about its rich history.
Boston – Salem – Rockport, MA
This morning you’ll head north, towards the infamous Salem, site of the 1692 witch trials, in which nearly 200 residents were accused. Here you can explore many witchcraft-themed attractions, including haunted tours and re-enactments, as well as the restored home of Jonathan Corwin, one of the magistrates at the time. You may also like to visit the House of the Seven Gables, the 17th-century mansion that was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Rockport for a two-night stay.
Today you’ll explore Rockport, at the tip of Cape Ann. Established in 1690 as a fishing port, Rockport later became centre for granite excavation, and then a thriving artistic community. Don’t miss the chance to explore some of the galleries, or to visit Thatcher Island to see the Twin Lighthouses. You may also like to visit the Crow’s Nest tavern, the inspiration for one of the settings in The Perfect Storm.
Rockport – Kennebunkport – Freeport, ME
This morning you’ll pass through beautiful scenery on the way out of Rockport, heading for Kennebunkport, one of Maine’s most popular summer vacation destinations. Here you can visit Dock Square and its colourful monument, or head to the fishing village of Cape Porpoise, where you can watch lobstermen unloading their catch and see Goat Island Lighthouse, as well as browsing the charming shops and galleries, and enjoying some fresh seafood. You may also like to visit the area’s natural wonders, Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave, before continuing toward Freeport for a two-night stay.
This morning you can explore Freeport, a beautiful coastal village known for its upscale boutique shopping and excellent dining, or, if you prefer, head to the natural beauty of Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park or the Desert of Maine, or make the scenic drive to Port Clyde and the Marshall Point Lighthouse, which you may recognise from Forrest Gump.
Freeport – White Mountains, NH
Today you’ll continue toward eastern New Hampshire, where you can visit Squam Lakes and the town of Holderness, locations for the classic movie On Golden Pond. You may like to drive through Peyton, Maine, the picturesque New England coastal town which represented Peyton Place in the original film version of Grace Metalious’s novel, before continuing to Jackson Falls for a two-night stay.
White Mountains, NH
This morning you’ll drive to the White Mountains National Forest, where you’ll take a train ride or an aerial tram ride to appreciate the spectacular landscape. You can also explore the many walking trails, the observation deck, swimming at Echo Lake and the Old Man of the Mountain Museum.
White Mountains – Waterbury – Vergennes, VT
Today, you’ll drive toward Vergennes, Vermont, with a stop off in Waterbury to visit the famous Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. You may also like to visit one of the many maple syrup farms along the way. In Burlington you can see the filming locations for Me, Myself & Irene and What Lies Beneath, as well as visiting the Shelburne Museum, which celebrates and preserves New England’s pre-industrial traditions, including the Lake Champlain Lighthouse and the remains of an old jail cell. You’ll then continue to Vergennes for a two-night stay.
At the small village of Vergennes, near the shores of Lake Champlain, you can explore the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, or travel south to the town of Addison, to visit the house Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford made famous in What Lies Beneath. Alternatively, you could spend the day relaxing by the quiet waters of the lake.
Vergennes – Green Mountains – Berkshires, MA
You’ll leave Vergennes this morning and drive through the southeast part of Vermont, stopping at the charming town of Bellows Falls, beside the Connecticut River, where you can see the remains of one of America’s first canals, as well as centuries-old Indian carvings and the historic train station that was used in the movie The Cider House Rules.
The Berkshires – Providence – Warwick – Newport RI
Today you’ll continue toward Rhode Island, with stops in Providence to visit the waterside bar from There’s Something About Mary and in Warwick to see the mansion from Meet Joe Black. Your next stop is at Newport, where you can admire the luxurious mansions built by wealthy New Yorkers in the early 19th century.
Newport has been the setting for many movies, including Amistad, High Society, True Lies and The Great Gatsby, the latter filmed at Rosecliff, a 1902 mansion modelled after Louis XIV’s Versailles, which you may like to visit this morning. You can also visit Bannister’s Wharf’s shops and restaurants, or the Artillery Company of Newport, a museum dedicated to the Rhode Island Militia and historic military commands. Don’t miss the chance to dine by candlelight on Newport’s classic dinner train.
Newport – Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA
Today you’ll continue to Cape Cod, a popular vacation spot for centuries. Here you can visit the John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, or take a trip out to the picturesque Martha’s Vineyard, filming location for Jaws.
Cape Cod/Hyannis, MA
You have a full day to explore the Cape today. You may like to visit Provincetown, known for its galleries, shops, Portuguese bakeries and restaurants, as well as for the Provincetown Heritage Museum, which features pilgrim artefacts, and the Pilgrim Monument, the tallest granite structure in America.
Cape Cod/Hyannis – Plymouth Rock – Boston
Today’s first stop is Plymouth Rock, landing point of the Mayflower pilgrims in 1620. Here you can visit the Plymouth National Monument, and Plimoth Plantation, a living-history recreation of the 17th century. You may also like to tour the John F Kennedy Presidential Library, before continuing to Boston International Airport for your journey home.