My husband and I have settled on what we hope should be a reasonable route but would really appreciate some feedback from people who know the roads and the area.
We are planning to arrive in Montreal on 10th October and tour northern New England, returning to the UK on 24th October.
I've done lots of research in the forums and the quite detailed plan is below - please bear with me as I would really appreciate your views!! I'm also conscious that I need to book accommodation urgently!
The plan so far is:
10th arrive Montreal - spend first night there
11th stay one night enroute to Greenville. We think we need to split up the drive from montreal to Greenville (think it's about 6hrs??)so we're looking at Stratton. I don't know what's there or if anyone has any other suggestions for a mid way point to stay for one night?
12th & 13th two nights in Greenville to explore Moosehead Lake and maybe explore Golden Road (I hear it's pretty scenic). Hoping to see some moose here too.
14th, 15th, 16th three nights Acadia. Hoping to stay Bass Harbour and if we have enough time, to use one of the days to go out to Schoodic Penninsula.
And this is where I need your help.....
17th & 18th pick up the Kancamagus Highway into Lincoln NH (or somewhere in that area - ideally, small, quiet and scenic - any suggestions?). Hope to spend the two days in the Mountains.
19th, 20th, 21st Warren VT - again, I'm not set on Warren but think we need to be in roughly this area so any suggestions would be great. We'll use this as a base to explore the Green Mountains for the three days.
22nd & 23rd Drive up to Burlington and then pick up route 2 back to Montreal. Spend 2 days in Montreal before heading back to the UK (boo!).
I'm a bit worried about the journey from Acadia to Lincoln as I think this could be 5.5 hrs (accordig to Mapquest) - would you recommend a stop off mid way for one night and if so any suggestions where? (we could sacrifice the additional Montreal day on 22nd but were hoping to have time to explore the city).
We really don't want to spend all of our time in the car and whilst I appreciate that 2-3 days doesn't really do justice to the places we are visiting, we hope to be able to get a good taste.
Does the itinerary above seem OK and allow reasonable time to explore? Are the distances realistic for each day?
Our main interests are nature, hiking, photography and getting off the beaten track and away from it all.
Any suggestions of routes, places en route, alternative places to stop and stay, 'must sees' - actually, any of your good advice will be gratefully appreciated.
Apologies for so many questions!
Have also posted in ME forum for advice on that leg of the journey.