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Old May 22nd, 2019, 05:44   #1
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Default Road trip planning to the NE USA (looking for suggestions)

We are planning a road trip to the Northeast of the US and into Canada. The trip will begin about mid-week after Labor Day (9/4) from Southeast Kentucky.

It is our intent to enter West Virginia via I-64 and from there let it happen. We want to see something significant to moderately significant in each state. We plan to stay away from the coast other than in Maine. So, we'll be doing some cross country/back road driving. Although we've visited every state sometime in the past as well as all the provinces in Canada's northeast (excluding PEI), the couple traveling with us have not. So, we my do some zigzagging to grab a look at something in each state.

We have no interest in places like New York City, Boston, etc. (been there and don't that).

Heading northeast
WV
Maryland (western section)
PA (central section)
New York (central section)
Vermont
New Hampshire
Maine

Canada
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Return trip, we'll pick-up
Massachusetts
Connecticut
Rhode Island

Suggestions are welcome.... (those off the beaten path things)

Not sure at this point if we'll be driving the TDI Vanagon or not...
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 06:30   #2
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Heck yeah! I would definitely recommend driving through Franconia Notch on your way through NH. Mt. Washington auto road is also another popular destination. Not sure where you're planning to go in Maine, but Acadia National Park offers some absolutely gorgeous views and hikes, especially in the fall. Nothing beats catching the sunset on Cadillac mountain (first point on the east coast to see the sunrise) Early September might be a tad early, but you should still get some gorgeous views. What other types of things are you looking to do? Food? Beer? Sounds like an awesome trip!
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 06:44   #3
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Alex, yes, we're taking in Acadia. We did it after the TDI Fest, Sept, 2013. It is very impressive and Bar Harbor has lots of nice restaurants too! So, this is why we intend to take in Maine's coast.....

We missed the tour up Mt. Washington during the TDI Fest (doing tune on my ALH caused me to miss it)..
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 14:45   #4
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there is a nice rail museum in Scranton PA,



https://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm



in NY, the finger lakes are nice and there are a couple nice waterfalls.



https://www.google.com/search?client...kes+waterfalls
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Look around the Willilamstown, Shelburne Falls, Northampton, Amherst area in Western MA. Shelburne Falls in particular is a lovely town, and you can drive some of the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) coming or going.
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There also is a nice fort (reconstruction over urban renewal) in Rome NY
https://www.nps.gov/fost/index.htm


and the Adirondacks have some nice views, nice hikes and a bunch of hills to climb, if you are up for that. Float plane rides from Long Lake can be fun.


http://ausablechasm.com/ is an interesting feature, and there is a very close by museum in a house about the north end of the underground railroad
https://northcountryundergroundrailroad.com/museum.php


and you can take the ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington VT from Port Kent NY.
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 19:50   #7
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Ah, thanks for these suggestions ....

Keep them coming!
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If you're passing through the Williamsport, PA area, and you need some service done, hit up Metal Man in Sunbury, and maybe a trip to Knoebels
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Knobels, if you have kids along, Gettysburg is amazing, tour the battlefield, go to the Eisenhower farm. Farther north the PA Grand Canyon near Wellsboro.
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Knobels, if you have kids along, Gettysburg is amazing, tour the battlefield, go to the Eisenhower farm. Farther north the PA Grand Canyon near Wellsboro.
No kids, just four old farts.

But, I've been looking into the PA Grand Canyon and Eisenhower farm ...
Thanks for the tip!
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The Eisenhower farm is like a time capsule back to the 50-60’s. It’s part of the Gettysburg battlefield, although maintained separately I think.

The PA Grand Canyon is about 3 hours north almost to the N.Y. state line. If you make it up that far you should stop and say hello. That’s my neck of the woods.

Watkins glen NY has a park/trail that goes up a gorge with lots of waterfalls. It’s on the southern end of Seneca lake which is one of the finger lakes. Beautiful area.

Corning museum of glass (CMOG) in Corning NY is an interesting tour. My daughter who drives the diesel bug works there.

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If you are planning for Nova Scotia and PEI, I suggest you go to "Pictou, NS" where you can take the ferry "FREE" to PEI, a 75 minute ferry trip.



If you drove across on the bridge and took the ferry off the island the cost is $ 79.00



You only pay getting off the island. For that I suggest to take the "Confederation Bridge", you only pay for the car. The cost is $ 47.95 Confederation bridge is about 14km long.


Nova Scotia to PEI ferry schedule




This is where I stayed in Pictou, NS overnight to get on the 8am ferry crossing.
From $ 89.00 for 2 including breakfast.


Braeside Inn



Hope you have a GPS, it'll make your travels so much easier.


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We are over half way through a two week tour of Newfoundland. (we need to come back for a month or so) We stopped in Pictou on the way up, if you stop there, plan on some time to see the Hector. Hector is a reconstructed ship which carried Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia. also a nice museum. worth a stop


Baddeck is worth a stop too. We plan a day in the Cape Breton Highlands park on the way home.
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We are over half way through a two week tour of Newfoundland. (we need to come back for a month or so) We stopped in Pictou on the way up, if you stop there, plan on some time to see the Hector. Hector is a reconstructed ship which carried Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia. also a nice museum. worth a stop
Baddeck is worth a stop too. We plan a day in the Cape Breton Highlands park on the way home.

There is an interesting "Alexander Graham Bell" museum in Baddeck. It lets you see AGB was a much more varied inventor than just the telephone.

As for Newfoundland, you have to "Kiss" the Cod (Fish) and down a shot of Newfie Screech to become an honorary Newfoundlander and if this is done you will also get a certificate attesting that you have complied with the ritual.

A cute bit of info for Newfoundland. You will see houses built near a road and have a front door about 3-4 feet above ground with no steps to the door. This is referred to as "The mother in-law door" !


A few years ago I was contemplating driving to Newfoundland, but I decided to take a 10 day escorted tour. You learn a lot when the tour guide is a local and has tons of info for you.
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Guys, thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming.

I'm making notes, searching the suggestions, etc.

The ritual of becoming a Newfoundlander reminds me of getting Hyderized at a local bar in Hyder, Alaska.. T-shirt and/or baseball cap as the souvenir (been there and done that, 96, 99 & 14).
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