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Road Trip from Buffalo, NY...where to go? PLEASE HELP!

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Road Trip from Buffalo, NY...where to go? PLEASE HELP!


My husband and I are from Chicago and we will be driving to Buffalo New York (in a rental) this summer for a friend's wedding (late July). Afterwards, we want to drive somewhere else to spend a week before we fly back to Chicago. We have never been to the East coast before and were thinking along the lines of Vermont? or Maine? We don't want the drive to be any longer than 8 hours or so, but we would love to find the ocean!

We love to do a variety of things, hike, bike, dine-out, shop, lay on the beach, explore the history of new areas... I guess we are looking for a place that will provide all of the above. We would love to stay in either a bed and breakfast, or a nice hotel, but we are young and both teachers...so we want the best deals for our money!!

Please help! I feel so overwhelmed planning this trip as I have no idea what to do and searching online is adding to the problem. I know that potentially, this could be one of the greatest trips of our lives, if we're lucky enough to get the inside scoop from someone out there who knows!

Thanks in advance for your response...and please, the more details the better!

And I know Chicago like the back of my hand so I could return the favor....

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1. Re: Road Trip from Buffalo, NY...where to go? PLEASE HELP!

8 hours of driving from Buffalo, isn't even going to get you to the New York/Vermont state border. Sorry to tell you that.

If your willing to drive longer, and you really want to see the ocean, there are so many lovely places to stay along the coast. If you are going to fly back to Chicago you might want to look at someplace near Portland,ME. Personally I love the little town of Kennebunkport.

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2. Re: Road Trip from Buffalo, NY...where to go? PLEASE HELP!

Hi vtmom13. I have to correct you as I live in Albany, NY, which is 5 hours from Buffalo and 1 hour from the Vermont Border ( 6 hours total ). That is Bennington, Vermont...a few hours south of Manchester.

And to takemomaroundthe world, if you were visiting in October, I would recommend Vermont as the first choice. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking in the Fall.

But Maine, in my opinion is the place for July. As vtmom13 has indicated, it will take several hours to drive to the Maine coast from Buffalo. But it will be an experience you won't forget.

You can try the "goLists" on this forum (in the left hand margin). I'm sure you will find information on places to go and things to do. Wish I could have helped more. Good Luck.

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3. Re: Road Trip from Buffalo, NY...where to go? PLEASE HELP!

July prices are out of control for coastal maine, you might try High Tide Inn just outside of Camden, Camden has pretty much everything you're looking for.

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