Hello! I'm planning a trip as a birthday gift for my mom this summer that will be partially based around lighthouses (her favorite!), but I've never been anywhere in the area, so I could use some help.
The plan right now is to fly (from St. Louis) into Boston and rent a car, drive up to Portland, ME and spend 4ish days, drive slowly down to Cape Cod and spend 4ish days, stopping in between for random stuff, then drive back to Boston to fly home, but I have some questions:
-Is Boston the best place to fly into and out of considering we won't really spend any time in the city itself? I really want to see Boston, but it might have to wait until a different trip, it just seemed like a central location for Portland and Cape Cod, and for car rental purposes it seems easier to use the same airport for arrival and leaving.
-I know nothing about Cape Cod, so any suggestions for where to stay or what to do are appreciated, although I'm looking around trip advisor for advice also!
-Does this sound like too much driving for an 8 or 9 day trip?
-Really random question, and I know I will have to check with specific companies, but in general, do boating/tour companies for whale watching or general tours have restrictions for pregnant women? Any other awesome activities, other than drinking, that might be limited by being pregnant?
Thanks for any advice you can give me! And for the record, I'm posting this on the Maine board as well.