This summer, our kids will be 12 and 15. They've always wanted to go to Toronto, so we're torn over the idea of flying into Buffalo and venturing up to Toronto or taking a trip through the New England states, focusing mainly on Maine (I've always wanted to go there!), and possibly seeing parts of Canada at the same time.
We're from Florida and have never been to the north east, so the scenery (and temps) will be so different than what we're used to! We would greatly appreciate any suggestions on which trip might be better, and what we must see and do while we're there. Some museum visits are okay, but we prefer outside activities. We're looking at taking 7-10 days for the trip and would like to fit in as many sights as we can without spending every waking moment in the car, so some ideas of relaxing activities would be appreciated also. We've never been to Canada either, so we're thinking of heading north if we have time.
The cat ride over to Nova Scotia for a couple of days sounds like a blast, but I don't know that we want to add that type of expense to the trip (taking the rental car over adds a bit). We're going to be trying to do this trip as economical as possible, so we would rather spend a fraction of the money on a whale watching trip.
Which airport would be best to fly into? Are VT and NH worth seeing in the summer or would we be better off waiting to visit those states in the fall in the future? Are there more things to see and do in that area of Canada instead of VT and NH?
Thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!