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3-week trip around New England, Canada and PA

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1. Posted by venkoj (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hi

First of all, thanks for reading this. We are from the UK and planning a road trip to the NE US and Canada in November (only time we can take off work). The other half has always wanted to visit New England, explore the area, see the fall colours (if they are still there) but the further we have gone into the planning process, the more difficult it has become as there are just so many options.

So we are grateful for any tips, opinions, recommendations...anything that would help us narrow down making most of our trip. Not sure if we are planning on cramming too much into the 3 weeks that we have, so some guidance on that would also be appreciated. We know that it is off-season and many places/attractions would be closed but anything worth seeing or doing on the way at that time of year we would love to hear about. Mainly looking for beautiful spots to visit, take in some of the culture and explore good places to eat...

The rough plan looks like this:

Day 1 - NYC
Day 2 - NYC
Day 3 - NYC
Day 4 - Drive to Hamptons, NY
Day 5 - Ferry over to RI, stay in Newport, RI
Day 6 - Newport, RI
Day 7 - Cape Cod, MA
Day 8 - Boston, MA
Day 9 - Boston, MA
Day 10 - Portland, ME
Day 11 - Conway, NH
Day 12 - Stowe, VT
Day 13 - Montreal
Day 14 - Montreal
Day 15 - Toronto
Day 16 - Toronto
Day 17 - Niagara Falls
Day 18 - Bradford, PA
Day 19 - Harrisburg, PA
Day 20 - Philadelphia, PA
Day 21 - Philadelphia, PA
Day 22 - Back to NYC

My main concern is that this may be too much to fit in over the 3 weeks we are there. I would have loved to see the Niagara Falls but it seems to be taken us a bit out of the way to do so. Not sure if we should just stick to the East Coast / New England area and make the most out of it or still try to fit in what we have planned above.

All opinions (positive/negative) welcome - none will be taken personally :)

Thanks very much!

2. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 627 posts) 2y

Quoting venkoj

Hi

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My main concern is that this may be too much to fit in over the 3 weeks we are there. I would have loved to see the Niagara Falls but it seems to be taken us a bit out of the way to do so. Not sure if we should just stick to the East Coast / New England area and make the most out of it or still try to fit in what we have planned above.

All opinions (positive/negative) welcome - none will be taken personally :)

Thanks very much!

I would skip the bit in Canada & do it another time & make sure you do Niagara then. Fall colours will be long gone in Canada by November & probably the East coast too.

Plenty to occupy yourselves on the shorter route & take some time in Mystic.

But - if you do make it to Canada, call in at Ottawa for a couple of days & message me onTP. I could help show you around.

Steve

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5. Posted by steelheadchwk (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Hey there,

Im surprised you chose some of those places... I personally don't see the attraction of some of them. Hamptons, Newport.. You should spend more time in New York, 3 days is cutting it tight. I would also go to Quebec City, its the gem of the east coast. Skip Toronto and Niagara falls. Niagara is so overrated, if your coming to Canada to see beauty go far west.. anything on the east coast is not worth it for you - being from the U.K.

6. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 183 posts) 2y

I'd second what Steve says - shorten the time further inland in Canada - it's a long drive from Montreal to Niagara and will be getting a bit chilly in November, unless we happen to have a late fall (unlikely).

I would recommend a stop in Quebec city, and if you're in Montreal, Ottawa is close and definitely worth a stopover. Like Steve, I'm more than happy to show you around if you happen by & I'm in town! Or worst case, give you a local's perspective if I'm out of town. :)

It's a tight schedule, but doable if you're comfortable with always being on the move.

Steelhawk - there's a lot of beauty in Eastern Canada too! Appalachians, Bruce peninsula, the east coast, great lakes, wine country, etc... There's a lot of variety depending on where you are!

7. Posted by Leksa (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y

Hi there! I can help You with accommodation, recommend some nice places where to stay overnight at a low price (have been to New England recently), email me :)

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Apr-2014, at 06:47 by Leksa ]

8. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y

Quoting Leksa

Hi there! I can help You with accommodation, recommend some nice places where to stay overnight at a low price (have been to New England recently), email me :)

Hi Leksa,

As per my comment on your other post, please share your experiences in the forums. The input of travellers who have been there helps other members of the community who may also be planning a trip to the same region.

Cheers,
Kellie