I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions. I think if we (people) truly want to change something about ourselves, we will start no matter what time of year it is. Two years ago, I made the decision to travel to at least one new place per year. Since then, I have been to Dallas and Chicago but wanted to start seeing the east coast namely Boston. My bucket list actually says “visit all 6 New England states.” Unfortunately, I missed out on Vermont for this trip due to (self-imposed) time constraints but I am certain I will be back to New England in the future!
I flew into Boston and started driving to Connecticut. I was on my own for the first half of the trip, so there aren’t too many photos :(. After Connecticut, I drove the scenic route to Newport, RI and spent the day wandering through mansions and along the cliff walk. Newport was my favorite stop outside of Boston. After my first two states, I picked up a friend and we started making our way up to Maine!
We went up to Freeport to the LL Bean store and Freeport outlets (pro-tip: the outlets are awesome but there is no sales tax on clothing in MA and NH so depending on what you’re getting, you may want to hold off). We made our way down to Portland and stayed in the most charming Airbnb ever! We had an awesome time running around in Portland but my favorite part of Maine was the beach towns. Everyone was amazingly nice and gave us advice on the secret spots that were even better than the normal trek.
Cape Neddick, ME
I had a couple of pre-requisites for this trip: bean boots, a covered bridge, and a lighthouse. So we stopped in Cape Neddick at the lighthouse. There were a lot more people here than when I stopped by myself at the lighthouse in Connecticut, and it seemed like more of a tourist spot.
As we made our way back down to Boston, we drove through New Hampshire, with no real destination in mind. Everything was so beautiful that we got off of the freeway and roamed around. I am not sure exactly where we were in this picture but it was lovely all the same.
I absolutely LOVED Boston. I don’t think I have ever been to such an amazing city with such wonderful people. Everyone was extremely helpful at every turn: when I couldn’t figure out which line to take on the T, and when recommending the best place to eat in the North End. I spent all of my time wandering the city, doing all of the main tourist things. I went on a trolley tour – and skipped the duck boats this time. I liked that the trolley allowed me to get on and off at my leisure. I got off at the beginning of the freedom trail and walked all the way along up to Bunker Hill in Charlestown. I had the best time, and I know I will be back to Boston again soon.