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New England Road Trip

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New England Road Trip

We are leaving Oct 6th from Philadelphia and heading up the coast to Bar Harbor ME and then down thru New Hampshire, Vermont, Upstate New York returning home on Oct 14th. We have no definite stops but would like to see some sights along the coast (lobster dinner or festival) and fall foliage and possible stop at Mt Washington area.

Any help, tips, ideas would be greatly appreciated! This trip is for 2 adults.


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1. Re: New England Road Trip

Wow. That is a TON of driving time to pack into 8 days. (ie: 25 hours to go to Bar Harbor, White Mtn's in NH, Burlington, VT, then back to Philly - without any side trips. A couple of thoughts:

1. Bar Harbor is great, but many be rather chilly and empty (ie: a bunch of shops and restaurants close after Labor Day). There's great hiking and biking there, but it's a long drive from most other destinations.

2. You may see some good foliage in northern NH and VT. The white mtn area around Rt. 2, & Rt 302 in NH are quite spectacular (at any time of year).

3. In VT, Stowe, Burlington & Woodstock are all great towns to visit. Best foliage will probably be around Stowe.

4. Not sure what you want to see in upstate NY....? Assumably you don't mean the finger lakes/wine regions... since that would add ~10 hours' driving? Northern NY has some nice scenery, but IMHO that could be omitted, given the other places you're going and the extra driving involved. You could of course do a fairly direct drive south by taking one of the ferries around the Burlington area to NY, then driving south on I-87, without adding much travel time.

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2. Re: New England Road Trip

I agree with Chris - that is a LOT of driving for one week.

It takes 7 hours to just get from Burlington to Bar Harbor with no stops.

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