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Traveling to the east coast

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Traveling to the east coast

My husband and I would like to plan a trip to the east coast. We have 11days the first part of September. We are both unfamiliar with this part of the country although we have both been to NYC and Washington DC in the past. He would like to see Niagra Falls and I would like to explore Boston and Maine. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary. Thanks!

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1. Re: Traveling to the east coast

Were you thinking about driving from SD or would you fly somewhere closer and then Road Trip from there?


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2. Re: Traveling to the east coast

We would fly out!

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3. Re: Traveling to the east coast

We will fly closer!

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We did a trip to New England in early Oct 2011 and had a wonderful time. The weather was great and the fall colors were gorgeous.

We did the White Mts. of NH, Kancamagus Hwy, Franconia Notch, Cog RR up Mt. Washington and visited the towns of Jackson and North Conway. We took a day trip over to St. Johnsburry, VT to see the Maple Grove Farms and factory. We also went down the coast of Maine and visited Acadia NP, Bar Harbor, Camden, Rockland, Freeport, Portland, Headlights and museum, Kennegunkport and Ogunquit.

We had done Boston before.

We found affordable air fare and car rental in Manchester, NH.

Edited: 08 July 2013, 02:46
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5. Re: Traveling to the east coast

Hi Holly,

Flying certainly helps your trip, but I have to admit that throwing Niagara Falls into the mix complicates things and will make for a more rushed trip (unless you flew open jaw--into Buffalo and out of Boston, or vice versa, but that would likely add a one-way car rental drop off fee.)

Also Niagara Falls are best seen from the Canadian side, so make sure you bring your passports.

You could easily spend all 11 days along the New England coast and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on a route something like this:

2-3 Nights Boston (amazing city with lots to see and do)

1 night Ogunquit or Kennebunkport

1-2 nights Portland

1 night Camden (with stops along the way in Yarmouth and Freeport)

2 nights Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park

1 night near Mt. Washington

1 night near Lincoln / Franconia Notch after driving Kancamagus Scenic Highway

That consumes 9-11 of your nights without getting close to Niagara Falls. It's a full 9 - 11 hour drive from Boston or Portland to Niagara Falls, so if you really want to see them, you'll have to sacrifice something else.

Here are some helpful links of things to see or do along coastal New England and New Hampshire:

















Enjoy your planning.


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Here's a thought if the dates work out right. Fly into Boston and spend a day or two there then take a 7-day cruise up the New England coast and into Canada. We/ve done this and you get to see a lot for a very reasonable sum.

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7. Re: Traveling to the east coast

Thank you so much!! This is amazing info!!!

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Put Boston at the beginning or end of your trip. It's a tremendous pain to have a car there, both for parking and for getting around. It's a great walking city and the public transit is top-notch for American standards though.

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9. Re: Traveling to the east coast

Fly into Buffalo, then cross over into Canada to see the best view do the falls, then consider driving through southern Ontario with a day or two stop in Toronto, then head east for a couple of days in historic Old Quebec City. From there, you can be in New Brunswick in a day. Visit the Bay of Fundy, then take the 4 hour ferry ride to Digby, Nova Scotia for the world famous scallops and some whale watching! Then follow the Nova Scotia coastal drive, book bed and breakfast locations and stay a few days in Lunenburg (day trips to Peggy's Cove and the beautiful seaport of Halifax). Then take the ferry to visit Maine, and then head to Boston!

BEST trip EVER!!!

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Hi Zed,

Can you please help with advise? We want to go this week-end to east coast for a relaxing trip with our 10 year old kid. We would want to stay somewhere at the beach with warm waters most of the time and visit some interesting places for the 10 year old in the area . We have 8 days coming from and back to Toronto. I loved your ideas about Maine and New Hampshire (actually learned a lot going through the links) but now confused where to start and stop. Would any of those places have beachfront hotels (if you know)?