We enjoyed our drive of Cabot Trail. We knew a bit about what to expect with the sweeping vistas, winding roads, quaint villages, and miles of coastal highway where one view was more breathtaking than the next. It is almost too much to take in during a couple day drive. We did not pay a fee to enter the Trail or the Park. Some cars pulled over to pay a fee, and I am not sure what the determining factors are for that although I am sure it is spelled out in the guide books.
There are places to pull over (lookouts and overlooks) right off the Trail...so many in fact that at times we were stopping to take photos every few minutes. You will see these clearly marked.
If we were doing it again, we would take a sipping attitude by exploring it over 5 days in order to take more of it in.
What we didn't know that would have been helpful:
Many stores, restaurants, etc. are "Open By Chance" so you cannot count on seeing what you want.
This is not a typical tourist-type area as it does not have any chain restaurants, hotels, or stores.
These folks live by the day light pretty much as most things shut down before dark.
After the sun goes down, you will not find people out and about.
After sunset, the night becomes so much darker because of the minimal amount of street lights.
Do not count on street signs for every road.
Directions given by locals may not be accurate or very detailed.
Pick up a brochure at one of the tourist centers detailing the Artisans' shops for fun stops.
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