I know there are probably a hundred similar threads, and I have read quite few to come up with this plan so far - just want a reality check on my itinerary and would appreciate input.
We are a 30-something husband and wife from South Africa. We do a lot of roadtrips and have no problem driving 4-5 hours a day. On the days we don't drive we are likely to do something active (cycling /canoeing) or just walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Beach time and reading not important (can do that back home!)
We are mostly interested in beautiful and unique scenery and trying out local food (nothing fancy - diners & clam shacks are perfect). We are on quite a tight budget as the US is rather expensive for us. This trip will take place in the last 3 weeks of September this year so I'm literally booking everything this week (except NYC which is already booked).
After 1 week in Manhattan (conference plus a few days of sightseeing) we will be starting our 12 day roadtrip;
**Get train to Stamford/New Haven, hire car (cheaper outside NYC plus cheaper to return it to same place rather than hire in Boston) and drive to Cape Cod - which will take most of the day. Stay 2-3 nights. Ride bikes at National Seashore, visit towns and if we stay 3 nights also a trip out to Nantucket.
**Drive to Boston, stay 2 nights (will have to choose hotel that has free parking - probably outside of the city). Only really interested in Freedom Trail and Cambridge so 1.5 days should be sufficient.
**Drive up Maine coast - would love to stay near Camden, but concerned this is too much for 1 day. Could stay lower down?
**Bass harbor for 2 nights to visit Acadia National Park.
**Drive to White Mountain area, 1 night.
**Drive to Stowe/Montpelier - stay 2 nights. Leaf-peeping and checking out a Maple farm are main highlights.
**Drive to Green Mountain area via scenic route 100. Stay in Manchester area.
**Drive back to Stamford return car, stay near JFK for final night.
Depart next morning home.
Some people have warned that this is too much for 12 days and that we should cut out Cape Cod or Acadia National Park? If we go as high as Boothbay, do we need to go to Acadia?