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8 days with teens (14/17) from Boston-Maine and/or Cape Cod?

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8 days with teens (14/17) from Boston-Maine and/or Cape Cod?

Hi there, I am after some tips and ideas. Our family (mum,dad, girl17 and boy15) will be flying into NYC late July. We will be spending 3 days/4 nights in New York to get a glimpse of the Big Apple.

After our sightseeing we are thinking of booking the Amtrak to Boston for a tuesday morning to avoid car hire /traffic in NY and to experience another mode of traffic in the USA. We then have 10 nights before flying back from Boston to the UK.

Now here is our dilemma: we first thought we wanted to spend 2-3 nights around Boston pick up a hire car and then rent a cottage or house for 7 nights on Cape Cod before heading home from Boston.Reading through all the forums we are not sure anymore whether the Cape is right for us as it seems extremely busy, commercialised and congested ( right or wrong?).

We have been to California and Florida and have seen all sorts of different places and we have mostly preferred the less commercialized towns like Anna Maria Island and Venice on the FL gulfcoast as well as the smaller towns in CAL.

We do know that weather and water temp is cooler in New England but we would still like the occasional swim and preferably a few days on a nice ocean beach. Ideally we want to see a variety of different scenery that New England has to offer and Maine seems to fit the bill.

I have looked at Acadia/Bar Harbor area or maybe some area inland with lovely mountain scenery for some more remote experience but due to teens different hobbies/interests probably just 2-3 days/nights followed by 7 nights beach but not sure which one.

We would love to do some cycling/canoeing/ whitewater rafting??? and father and son might enjoy some fishing, mum and daughter shopping and we all would like to do some whale watching.

Accomodation budget is about $200-300/night and we would prefer 2 bedrooms +kitchen by the beach, don't mind sharing room with kids for 2/3 nights. Not sure about driving times between places but don't want to drive every day.

Need to be back at Logan airport for 6pm on a friday night :-(

Please share your favourite spot/ideas/suggestions with us and we will be very happy :-)

Thank you and sorry for rambling on

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1. Re: 8 days with teens (14/17) from Boston-Maine and/or Cape Cod?

With the exception of the Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor area, there are few places in Maine where mountains and coastline co-exist... so your thought of a couple of different destinations makes some sense... and when you add in the fact that the white-water-rafting in Maine is well-inland from the coast, dividing your time between coast and inland makes even more sense.

Part of the challenge may be finding swimmable coasal water within easy driving distances of good beaches...as contradictory as that may sound, because of ocean currents, the ocean along the Maine coast tends to be far colder than beaches further south (like Cape Cod). Acadia/Bar Harbor has basically one classic ocean-side beach, called Sand Beach. And while it's scenic and a great destination, the water is cold enough to be a deterrent to all but the hardiest (or most stubborn) swimmers.

"Crowded" and "touristy" are extremely relative terms, with the differences generally based on what one is accustomed to at home. Maine's coast is indeed a popular destination anytime in the summer, but is generally less crowded than beaches to the south.... and even within Maine, southern ocean beaches tend to be more crowded than those further north.

All that said, I'd consider/recommend three to four nights in Acadia/Bar Harbor region, followed by a night or two near Greenville or Jackman for white-water rafting and a couple of nights in Rangeley for the inland, western Maine mountains experience.... or even consider ggoing as far as the White Mountains of New Hampshire for the inland experience.

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2. Re: 8 days with teens (14/17) from Boston-Maine and/or Cape Cod?

Thank you for your kind advice, we really like the look of Acadia but it looks a long drive and we are almost thinking it is too far coming up all the way from NYC, it would mean a day's travelling.

Guess we will be shattered and if we want warmer waters we would have to drive all the way back to the Cape which would be another day's drive.

Maybe we stick to going to the mountains from Boston or southern Maine coastal area before going to the Cape but positioning us closer to the National Seashore for a less busy environment than further south.

Guess we will have to come back another time to see more of Northern Maine ;-)

Decision making isn't easy when there are so many n ice places to see.

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3. Re: 8 days with teens (14/17) from Boston-Maine and/or Cape Cod?

Aree with everything you just said... Given your priorities (beach, ocean swimming, etc) for this trip, I think Cape Cod (especially the National Seashore there) is a better fit for what you're looking for this time around...

Hope you have a great trip -- and keep Maine/NH on your list for a future trip...

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4. Re: 8 days with teens (14/17) from Boston-Maine and/or Cape Cod?

Thanks again Mainer for confirming our plans :-)

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