Last Year My wife (Lyn) and I took what was to date our holiday of a life time to America. Our fabulous journey took in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce and Zion National Parks, Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite, San Francisco, Monterey, Cambria and Los Angeles – we loved our trip so much that this year we have already booked our flights to visit New England the first 3 weeks in October.
When planning last year’s trip to the US I spent a lot of time speaking to TAs who provided us with invaluable information that made a real difference to the quality of our holiday experience.
So I am back again to ask again for your time and help.
Our main objective is to see the beautiful countryside in the fall – so scenic drives are our number 1 priority – we really enjoyed the coastal drive between San Francisco and Los Angeles last year and Lyn would like to include another coastal drive on this trip. We also want to see the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.
So as usual we have a very packed schedule to fit in – as with last year we appreciate that we will not be able to do justice to all the lovely places that will be available but as with our trip last year it was better to get a glimpse of some of the most stunning scenery that America has to offer than to miss it all together.
This is a very, very rough first draft of a proposed itinerary:-
Wed 30th September – Boston
Thursday 1st October – Boston
Friday 2nd October – Boston to either Camden or Warren Island or Islesboro Island Maine – 220 miles 4.5 hours
Saturday 3rd October – Camden or Warren Island or Islesboro Island
Sunday 4th October Camden or Warren Island or Islesboro Island to Moosehead Lake – 100 miles 3.5 hours. Taking in the scenic Lakes and Leaves drive on Route 15
Monday 5th October Moosehead Lake
Tuesday 6th October - Moosehead Lake to Lincoln (New Hampshire) –
Moosehead to Bingham 40 miles – 30 mins (or is this the Lakes and Leaves drive)
Bingham to Albany – 163 miles – 3 hours (via Jackson)
Albany to Lincoln - 37 miles – 1 hour - (Kancamagus Scenic Highway – New
Hamp taking in the Sabaday Falls)
Wednesday 7th October – Lincoln to Williamstown
Lincoln to Woodstock – 92 miles – 2.25 hours
Woodstock to Killington - 20 miles – 25 mins (Vermont – Scenic Drive)
Killington to Williamstown - 82.miles – 1.75 hours
Thursday 8th October – Williamstown
Friday 9th October Williamstown to Narragansett
Williamstown to Shirley – 100 miles – 2.25 (Massachusetts – Mohawk Trail)
Shirley to Woodstock – 55 miles (1.25 hours)
Lisbon to Narragansett – 37 miles – 1 hour 10 minutes
Saturday 10th October – Narragansett
Sunday 11th October Narragansett – New York
Narragansett to Westlery – 25 miles – 40 minutes (Rhode Island Coast Scenic Drive)
Westerly to New York – 145 miles – 2.75 hours
Monday 12th October – New York to Baltimore
New York to Philadelphia - 102 miles – 2 hours
Philadelphia to Baltimore – 102 miles – 2 hours
Tuesday 13th October Baltimore to The Rockfish Gap
Baltimore to Front Royal Virginia– 107 miles – 2 hours (start of Skyline Drive)
Front Royal to Rockfish Gap (Skyline Drive)102 miles – 2 hours
Wednesday 14th October - Rockfish Gap
Thursday 15th October – Rockfish Gap to The Rocky Knob Cabins
Rockfish Gap to The Rocky Knob Cabin (Blue Ridge Parkway) - 160 miles 3 hours
Friday 16th October – The Rocky Knob Cabins
Saturday 17th October – The Rocky Knob Cabins to Lauda – 260 miles 4.5 hours
Sunday 18th October – Lauda
Monday 19th October - Lauada to Atlanta – 149 miles 3 hours
Tuesday 20th October - Atlanta – Washington (Flight $160 each 1.5 hrs flight)
Wednesday 21st October - Washington
Thursday 22nd October – Fly home Washington to Heathrow
As I say this is all very provisional at the moment and anything and everything is up for change – but as you know you have to start somewhere.
Be very grateful for your comments – have I missed any ‘must sees’
Thanks in advance