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New England road trip

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New England road trip

I'm planning a road trip driving from the South to New England. I have an idea of our itinerary up to arriving in probably Connecticut, possibly Stonington. We will have about 17 days "or so" driving to Maine and back to Boston. I would like to include Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard, Maine, The Berkshires, Vermont, New Hampshire. We will probably fly home to Sydney from Boston. I would appreciate some suggestions for an itinerary and whether I have allowed enough time. If we need more time I can reduce the days allocated to the South. We will be travelling for about 5 weeks altogether and I've allowed half for New England. My husband loves driving and we would like to do some walking in the Berkshires.

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Can you give us a few details about what you're looking for in this trip?

Things that would help us help you:

What time of year will you be making your trip?

Do you prefer hotels, B&Bs, camping?

Do you have a budget?

Are you looking for history, shopping, casinos, boating, hiking, scenic views,

cities, mountains? are just a few questions that I can think of...

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If you want to try to see the Berkshires, an easy way to do it would be to take I-84 East from the NY area, and drive up the very scenic Route 7, which is an exit in Danbury, the first city in CT. Route 7 turns into a road that follows the Housatonic River north, with covered bridges, artisinal bread and cheese makers along the way, fishing, kayaking, and the largest waterfall in CT (Kent Falls, in a state park) right at the roadside. The Litchfield County villages are simply lovely. There are great places to eat, beautiful inns and B&Bs, hiking (the Appalachian Trail cuts across the state there) and great views. The road leads you straight up into the Berkshires, past Jacobs Pillow Dance, Lime Rock racetrack (where Paul Newman used to race), the Hotchkiss school in beautiful Lakeville, etc. Stop in Norfolk and attend a great musical event at Infinity Music Hall, a beautifully renovated venue. You will be just a short ride from Berkshire places such as Tanglewood, Norman Rockwell museum, and many other great places to visit.

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This is exactly what we are looking for, thank you! We will be in the New England area end May/early June. We love to put on our walking shoes and the Berkshires sounds perfect. My husband wants to avoid large cities on this trip, we've seen plenty in the past year. We won't be visiting Boston as we've been there on another occasion. We enjoy gourmet food and wine, history, art and architecture, music particularly classical, farmers' markets and craft markets, lovely seaside towns, shopping (me) pretty small towns. We don't have a budget, the Aussie dollar is very high and we like to stay in nice hotels and b&bs and occasionally splurge on somewhere special.

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I'm trying to map this route and without knowledge of the US it's a little confusing. At what point would we get on Route 7 if we were to come from Pennsylvania? How close to New York City would we have to go if we decide not to "do" NYC? Where would I find a map of this route, is it on-line? I appreciate your help, your suggestions sound wonderful.

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The route I am suggesting takes you inland and north, just after the CT/NY border. If I were driving and planning this trip (depending on where you are in Pennsylvania; it is different if coming from Philadelphia than from Amish country, for example) I would probably take the Tappan Zee bridge to the Saw Mill River Parkway North, to I-684 north, to I-84 East, and get off at the eastern edge of Danbury, CT on Route 7 north, probably about ten miles or so after getting onto I-84.

Your proximity to NY again depends on where you are in PA, but taking the Tappan Zee Bridge rather than the GW takes you around NYC on the PA/New Jersey side of the Hudson River, and then back into NY (near West Point, or reasonably close if you care to do a bit of an extra drive to see it.... it is interesting and historic and on a beautiful bluff over the river) up to Connecticut.

Route 7 is very close to the NY state border with CT almost the whole length of it, so you might locate it on a map that way.

A good website is http://litchfieldhills.com/ which has many links to state and regional information and maps, guides regarding tourist places and lodging, dining listings, vineyards, and a lot of other useful information.

There is a loop you could follow to ultimately bring you back down to the shoreline if you wish.... in fact, there are many ways to do this using either back roads (some quite beautiful places along the way) or major highways like Mass Pike/Route 8 or Mass Pike/I-91.

Myself, I like the back roads option.

For a splurge the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT is great, and for a super-duper splurge, check out Winvian, which is an over the top and luxurious getaway with tasteful theme cottages... sounds awful but trust me, it REALLY isn't. http://winvian.com/cottages.asp Everything from a Secret Society cottage (replica of Skull and Bones at Yale) to a treehouse, or a beaver lodge, or a Sikorsky helicopter. Amazing place.

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Hi,

Since I have read some of your other posts, I assume you will be coming from the Brandywine Valley area of PA. There are several ways to get to New England but I would suggest you avoid taking 95 and rather connect to the PA Turnpike towards Harrisburg and pick up 81 North to 84 East. This would take you through the Pocono Mountains of PA and you could stop and do some hiking in that area. You would be heading towards Scranton, PA on 81 North. At Scranton, you would then connect to 84 East and cross into NY State and continue your journey into CT where you would come into Danbury,CT. You will then need to look for exit number 7 ( a left hand exit) and that will put you on the Route 7 connector. Follow this until it ends. You will then connect to Route 7 and follow this either to Kent and the Berkshires or you could go off towards Lichtfied. You can get to Kent again via another route and head towards the Berkshires again on route 7 if you decide to go to Lichtfield. Route 7 will take you into MA where you can stop at Stockbridge and see the Norman Rockwell museum if you care to. You can pick up the MASS Turnpike there and head to Boston that way. There are many places you may want to stop from the Brandywine Valley to Boston. I would certainly suggest getting good maps and guide books to help. Do you have the equivalent of AAA (American Auto Assoc.) in Syndey? If you have anyone here in the USA that is a member they can send materials to you. I think this would be of much help to you. I'm sure other TA's can advise of places in PA and NY that you might consider stopping on the way to Boston. Hope this helps.

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That's great info - thank you both! My husband does the driving and loves good maps. I buy a lot of books on-line so will have a look at what's available. The map book we bought for the South West just over a year ago wasn't the best for crossing borders. We had a GPS when we were in Italy last year and that was a great help although rather distracting.

I think we'll be coming from Brandywine Valley, I was considering going to New Hope PA but I think we might just head up to CT from Brandywine. Our original target area for this trip was New England so I want to leave a decent amount of time for your beautiful area.

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Harrisburg and Philidelphi in Pennsylvania have much to offer travelers...hope you not missing Hershey Pennsylvania either.

The New London area has some interesting beaches and shops and your not to far from the Casinos.

The Cape of Massachussetts is so wonderful with its beachs and restaurants and open spaces that you can get lost there for days ...there are also many camping areas there as well.Look for the area around the Cranberry Bogs at the early portions of the Cape..

Lots of places to stay.......

The very tip of the Cape--- Provincetown or P- Town is quite an interesting place...but you may want to give it a pass since you have kids along. Stay around the National Seashore and fly a kite or just hang out for awhile.Traffic can get heavy in the summer---so Dennis to West Dennis may be as far as you may want to venture up the Cape if it is.

From Connecticut to Massachussettes on I -95 --is smooth going as the road was redone and is quite flat and even....

Rhode Island also has some fun stuff going on in the summer and in Newport and surrounding area has so much--crafts , boating , sailing...lots and lots of fun going on there.

Most of these places are easily found on the internet for a lot of info--you might want to try that before getting your guide books and maps --i order to check the schedules around the towns.

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Cape Cod , Massachussetts

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Newport,Rhode Island

http://www.gonewport.com/

New london,Connecticut

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So much to study before I make a decision about this itinerary. There's a lot to choose from and I appreciate the input from everyone. We will be coming in May, just myself and my husband. It's really a matter of how to divide the time we'll have.