Top New England States Trip: Kennebunkport Roundtrip

So you've only got one weekend to checkout the New England States! Well you've got a couple of options. You could get in the car and race all the way down. You can get in the car and race from Maine to New Hampshire to Vermont to Massachusetts to Connecticut to Rhode Island and back, stopping to get gas, eat and visit the road-side facilities. This will be about 385 miles and about eight hours in the Car/ RV.

Or you could start the Kennebunkport Brewery Tours at Federal Jacks where all of the beers are hand-crafted at the Kennebunkport Brewing Company- KBC. They have a seven barrel brewery located directly beneath Federal Jack's. Many are also available for take-out in growlers and bottles at KBC Coffee & Dry Goods. Federal Jack's is located at 8 Western Avenue, in Kennebunk, Maine.

From there, you can drive 27.5 miles south to the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located at 100 Merrimac Drive Newington, NH. Here, you will discover the diversity of habitat types supporting a wide range of wildlife, including the largest concentration of wintering American black ducks in New Hampshire. Bald eagles winter along the generally open waters of Great Bay and frequently perch along the shoreline.

After visiting the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, you can take a nice drive 63.2 miles south and head to the Freedom Trail at 99 Chauncy Street Boston, MA. The Freedom Trail is a three-mile ribbon of red paint that links 16 historical sites. Most visitors start the trail at the Boston Common. The National Park Service offers 90-minute guided tours starting at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center. Stops include the Old State House, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church. You can also discover Paul Revere's house, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the Copp's Hill Burial Ground. At the end of the trail in Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Monument and the U.S.S. Constitution await you. There is so much history wrapped up in these tours, you can't afford to miss it!

After leaving the Freedom Trail, if you are still up for some more adventure, drive 52.4 miles southwest to the Providence-Newport Water Ferry, 180 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI. The drive to Providence is very scenic, but traveling by water ferry is a uniquely beautiful alternative. The ferry takes you past lovely coastal communities like Barrington and Bristol in a one hour and 25 minute ride that ends in Newport. In the winter the ferry only leaves Providence Monday through Friday, but additional ferry rides are added as the tourist season comes with the warmer weather. The price for the ride is USD8 one-way, USD16 round trip with discounts for children and seniors. This is a person only ferry. No cars, no RV's.

That takes you through four of the six New England States. If you want to hit all of them, try a different route home. Head north through Connecticut and Vermont before heading back to Maine.