You might want to check out the Cape Cod forum for more detailed answers about the Cape. But just briefly I'll mention a few things to do or see there. Do not fail to visit the National Seashore, for example, at Eastham. The beach and the land is really spectacular. I like the area around Marconi Station (Marconi, the inventor of the telegraph). Provincetown is a fascinating and beautiful town, very arty and funky, with a huge huge wharf and lots to do. We took a whale watch from there last summer and had a great time (we picked a calm day -- just a tip).
I like to go to the Cape Cod League baseball games, which are located all over the Cape. You can look them up on line. These games are popular and it's fun for families. They have concession stands, etc.
There is a lot of theater on the Cape too, for example, in Chatham and in Provincetown.
You can take a seal watch trip out of Chatham or Harwich -- last year we easily saw many seals from the town pier at Chatham. Chatham is a nice all-around town and a good location for exploring the Cape if you have several days. Oh, and the Audubon sanctuary in Wellfleet is spectacular. There are lots of wonderful nature trails on the Cape.
On your way from Boston to Quebec City, it seems to me you might go through Vermont (but I'm not looking at a map right now). Vermont is so beautiful. You might plan to stop for a break in one of the zillions of gorgeous little villages in Vermont, or in the big town of Burlington. I like Brattleboro, which is in southern Vermont.
Is Montreal on your way too?
The most direct route to Quebec City is north on I-95 to Maine, then north on US-201. Going via Vermont is considerably longer in distance, although more of the trip would be on Interstate quality roads. Going via Maine, you could visit, depending on how much time you have, north shore Massachusetts towns like Salem and Newburyport, Portsmouth NH, Kittery ME (home of L.L.Bean and a huge number of factory outlet stores), the Maine coast, and Portland ME. All the towns/cities mentioned are will worth a visit. Once you get on US-201, the country is very picturesque and very, very empty. Do you plan to stop for the night enroute? Maybe someone else knows the time better, but I think the last time I drove, a number of years ago, it was around 10 hours from Boston to Quebec City without any significant stops.
I've driven this route before.....Québec City is 400 miles from Boston. From Boston take I-93 North to I-91 at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. After crossing the border, I-91 becomes Autoroute 55 follow this to Autoroute 20. All in all it should take you about 5-1/2 hours. That's with no stops or sightseeing.
When renting a car make sure it's OK to take it across the border. I remember not being to take our Hertz rental into Mexico. Now whether that was something in Arizona, I'm not sure.
typo..............it should read 6-1/2 hours.........
last October (2007) we drove from Quebec City to Boston. I was concerned about the length of the drive, but the roads were fine. We left Quebec at about 8.30am and arrived in Boston at 5pm, including several stops along the way. We took the Maine route (rte 173 in Canada and then 201 in Maine and then on to the I95). The roads in Northern Maine are a delight -empty! At the border we were the only car (US plates with an English driver) and had no problems.
The only thing to remember is that one moment you are in the wilderness and the next in the big city. Enjoy Quebec City (we managed to stay at Lowe's and had a wonderful and quite reasonable breakfast on the revolving restaurant)
Hi there. Last October (2007) we travelled the other way from Quebec City to Boston. I had some concerns as to the length of the journey but in the end there were no problems. I took the Maine route, ie from Quebec 173, into Maine then US201 to the I95. we left QC at about 8.30am and arrived in Boston at about 5pm. The roads in northern Maine are empty (anyway on a wet Sunday morning in October!) The area is pretty. We made a number of stops on the way.
There was no problem at the border even though there was a surprise when we pulled up (only car) I was driving with US plates and a UK passport.
Quebec City is wonderful. Check your hotel booking as they are celebrating their 200th (or is it 300th) birthday this year. We managed to stay at Lowe's, if nothing else go to the revolving restaurant on the top and have breakfast therefor wonderful views of the city.
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