Home to lobster rolls, stunning autumn leaves, world-class ski resorts, and (of course) the Ivy League, New England is a sophisticated traveler's paradise.

But you don't need to be a Harvard grad or polo-playing prepster to have a damn good time road-tripping through the Northeast.

Sure, this route—mapped out with help from Trisha Ping, Lonely Planet's Eastern U.S. Destinations Editor—is refined. You'll find yourself learning how to sail in Newport Harbor in Connecticut (Sperrys not required, though perhaps recommended) and sampling some of Vermont's finest artisan cheeses. But it's also packed full of adrenaline-pumping action—indoor skydiving in New Hampshire, say—as well as some of the region's best brews.

Here's the Men's Fitness guide to road-tripping through New England.