Sorry to post this in New Hampshire forum but the New England forum seems to be off the beaten track (another state?).
We are planning a road trip for 2008 and we are starting this year - keeping an eye on what people are posting now. We do want to see autumn foliage and, given that we have a total of 22 nights I thought I would put down my thoughts this year to see if anyone has other ideas. ( I did have a bigger itinerary but have narrowed it down - seems to me there is so much to see that I would be unwise to add in New Brunswick area - so I've left it off!). I'm picking bits from everyones trips! I know I will need to do some booking as far out as this year for next year as this is such a busy time. I am very flexible at this stage for dates and would appreciate recommendations for a start date. We are using Frequent Flyer points so will be making the flight bookings in late October this year - coming from Australia. We can start in Boston and finish in New York or we can go the other way if that is advised for best foliage colour. We want to maximise the time for autumn foliage but know it is a hit and miss thing and I am hoping that in 3 weeks we should see some nice colour. Please advise on your thoughts on beginning and ending date. Also have I given too much time to some places and not enough to others? We are in our mid 50s - love to drive, love short walks (up to 2 miles return), we do not much enjoy restaurant food - we're very plain eaters and prefer to buy things like sliced ham, tomatoes, cheese, breadrolls and picnic. We're staying in Boston and will spend money on accommodation there - we also have a week in SF and will spend money to stay right in Union Square. I do know we will be in the New England area in an expensive time so even motels might stay. Still, recommendations will all be welcome and we are happy to stay in motels (clean, non smoking, twin beds or 2 doubles).
Boston 4 nights
Drive up to Lincoln and then drive the Kancamagus Hwy in the afternoon. Staying in North Conway/Jackson for 3 nights - we want to do the train trips and short walks and shopping.
From Jackson drive to the coast to Portland and spend 1 night.
From Portland drive up to the Bar Harbor area to drive the Acadia Loop - stay the night outside of Bar Harbor - perhaps Ellsworth.
Drive to Moosehead and spend one night. Looks like it is too far to drive directly from the Bar Harbor area to Quebec City and Moosehead looks like a beauty spot (right? other suggestions?)
Drive to Quebec City and stay 3 nights - stay in the old walled city, spend a day exploring on foot and go out one day to see the surrounding countryside.
Drive to Stowe Vermont and stay 2 nights.
Drive down to Woodstock and stay 2 nights.
Drive to Keene or small town in this area for one night.
Drive to the Great Barrington area (perhaps Lee) for one night.
Drive to the Lancaster Pa area for 3 nights.
Drop the hire car at Lancaster and take an early morning train to NY to fly to LA.