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1. Posted by ppoppy (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, myself and my partner are planning to emigrate to the USA in two years. This september we are planning to travel around new england and the east coast for 3 weeks to get a feel for the area/state we like the best. We would love to see boston, connecticut, rhode island,cape cod, philadelphia, new jersey and then spend are last 5 nights in new york. Has anyone any ideas on the best road to take and areas that we should go to?we are planning on renting a car to get us around and then hoping to stay in motels apart from in new york and boston. should we book all of our accommodation prior to going...
The ideal area that we would love is nice country town with access to the major cities, we want the american dream. Im a childrens nurse and hes an accountant, therefore we would need to be close to a city/town with hospitals.

We would really appriciate any information to help us on are way!!
Thanks a mill :)

2. Posted by BryanG (Full Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Welcome to America in advance! Contrary to some of the stuff our politicians might spout, we love emigrants! That is one of the things that makes this country great - we attract talented people like you who want to come and raise their children here. I say come on over! My own Grandmother came through Ellis Island from Germany in 1917...

You seem to be focusing on the northeast, but consider the mid-atlantic. I am a native San Franciscan that has lived in Washington, DC for eight years and I love it. The Capital region (Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland) has a diverse and vibrant economy, good schools, well funded hospitals and research institutions, good weather (winters are milder than Boston, Philidelphia and New York), and plenty of small semi-rural towns nearby. In addition, a democrat in the White House in 2008 will be nice...The countryside in Maryland and Virginia between DC and the mountains is particularly nice - gently rolling hills, rivers, lots of trees.

Washington, DC has great cultural attractions - music, art, theater, food, diverse immigrant populations, etc.

Come see us!

In the meantime, check out my travelblog - I have been on the road for the past three months...



3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have a few unassociated thoughts here. First, and fairly basic (so you might already know) the closer you get to NYC the more expensive.

Now as far as hotels go, I would probably book ahead of time. As you get closer to going the prices will probably go up. Though it's possible you'll find a great deal by waiting, this can also backfire on you. If you book through the hotel itself generally they will just hold it on your credit card and you can cancel until sometime that day, which gives you flexibility. If you book on a place such as orbitz, expedia, etc. you may get a better deal, but you will have to buy it and thus not be able to cancel it later.

Another area you might consider if you are looking for somewhere more affordable is Pittsburgh. Their housing market is incredibly affordable, but its a big city with a lot to offer. The climate is probably similar to other areas you were considering as well.

Hope this helps you out!

4. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Growing up I lived in Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and the Philadelphia suburbs and I have travelled a lot throughout the northeast.

I would say if you want a nice country town close to major cities, stick to the Boston and Philadelphia suburbs, and maybe Rhode Island. I'm not a fan of New Jersey, the New York City area may be a bit too much for you (expensive, crowded), and there isn't much business in Cape Code, MA. I would also consider southern New Hampshire, which is a short ride to Boston.

Ever consider the west coast? The weather is typically much nicer.

5. Posted by jazzdog (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


If you're staying in motels you should be okay finding accommodation providing you don't drift into October and peak foliage viewing season in New England, especially in northern New England where the peak can happen earlier.

Most major towns and cities in New England have a hospital. Obviously Boston, then Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, Bangor, Burlington, Manchester, Concord, Hyannis, Burlington, Portland, and tons more. So your choice is varied.

My suggestion is to get a map of the New England states and look at the cities I've mentioned and choose a few, and the surrounding areas to review.

Burlington in Vermont is a charming small city on Lake Champlain, but the surrounding area, and Vermont in general, is very rural with small towns - and I mean small towns.

Manchester and Concord - both in New Hampshire - are close to many country towns and the Lakes Region and White Mountains.

Springfield in Western Massachusetts is close to The Berkshires and Pioneer Valley with plenty of atmosphere to sample New England country towns.

Hyannis on Cape Cod has a large hospital but the cape is expensive to line on and there's not much work outside tourism - I know I lived there for two years. Many people work off-cape.

Providence, Rhode Island is a booming city and close to Boston and Newport and the Connecticut border. This area of New England is heavily congested but there are still many quiet small towns.

Hope this helps.

If you want more information on any of these areas please send me a personal email and I can provide more specific information and further resources for you to check out in planning your trip.

Best wishes

6. Posted by ppoppy (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

thanks everyone all the suggestions were very helpfull, ive booked my trip thanks so much

poppy :)