I’m from the South Bay Area, California. I’m going on a road trip across New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont) in October. My main goal is to enjoy fall foliage at its peak. I also want to go hiking (preferably moderate hikes due to time constraint), watch sunrise/ sunset, visit quaint, unspoiled, picturesque New England towns, take pictures of light houses and covered bridges and love to have a taste of local food. I usually prefer local hidden gems to tourist traps and like scenic drives through small towns more than interstates. However, I understand that I need to take interstates sometimes as I won’t have enough time to wander around. I also try to avoid driving at night as I’m not familiar with the area, and I heard there are lots of moose-related accidents.
I’d greatly appreciate it if you could give me some advice on the itinerary below. I’m not sure if it is doable or too ambitious. Also, as for those places I have on my list, are they worth visiting? What should I check out when I’m in those towns? If you think there are better towns, can you please give me some recommendations?
09/29/2013: Acadia National Park. I want to watch sunrise and sunset at the summit of Mount Cadillac, but I don’t know if it is safe to drive up to Mount Cadillac in the dark as I rarely drive up a mountain road at night.
10/01/2013: Mount Washington. I wanted to drive up Mount Washington Auto Road. But after watching videos posted on youtube, I think I’ll go with the guided tour. The drive looks scary.
10/02/2013: Drive along Kancamagus Highway, stop by Franconia Notch State Park. Head to Montpelier, VT. Stop by St. Johnsbury along the way.
10/03/2013: Montpelier - Stowe
10/04/2013: Waterbury - Burlington - Shelburne, VT
10/05/2013: Leave early morning, cross Middlebury and spend the rest of the day in Quechee, Woodstock, VT.
10/07/2013: Shelburne Falls - Mohawk Trail, MA and then drive back to Boston.
10/08/2013: Boston to Portsmouth, NH (A day trip and back to Boston)
10/10/2013: Cape Cod to Jamestown, RI
10/11/2013: Back to Boston. I have friends in Boston so I try to save some time to meet my friends.
10/12/2013: Last day. Take it slow.
Thanks in advance for your help!