I am looking to travel the East Coast for a week in July. I am currently starting in Bar Harbor to go on my first "whale watch" which I have wanted to do since a very young child. I am THRILLED to finally be making the plans to go! Since I am looking to spend a week, I need some suggestions on what else I should see along the East Coast while I am there. I will be flying into Bangor but am not quite sure where I will end up. Anybody have suggestions starting in Maine? I am interested in seeing as much of the coast as I can in that short time (one week). Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks in advance =)
Stay in New England. Boston, Providence, Vermont, NH, etc. One week isn't enough to kill yourself to get further south
Thanks Daver for your reply.....but maybe I wasn't totally clear on my agenda. I am interested in seeing anything from Maine down to Rhode Island for this one week trip. I know there isn't enough time to do much more (if even that). Any suggestions from Maine and ending in Rhode Island would be GREAT!
Definitely check out Portland, ME while you're in Maine. The Old Port has a lot of nice restaurants, shopping, etc. It should be on your way down from Bar Harbor anyway, right on the coast.
Boston is probably the biggest attraction in New England. It has a lot to offer...but depends on what you want to do/see. I'm not as fond of Providence and Hartford, but still might be worth a visit.
You're actually close to one of the most beautiful places on the entire east coast in Bar Harbor, and that's Acadia National Park, Maine. This is the first national park in New England, and its dramatic and rocky coastline is always featured on postcards for the region.
As previous posts have mentioned Portland also has a number of museum type attractions. Further south you'll hit Kennebunkport and the shopping outlets at Kittery.
Boston is near my home town so I'm a little biased. But it has a lot of activities along its coastline north and south. The town of Gloucester to the north is the setting for the film "The Perfect Storm" - and is very popular for Whale Watch tours on Stellwagen Bank where the whales in the area congregate. Boston also has the Freedom Trail, New England Aquarium and excursions out to the many islands that dot the harbor area.
Cape Cod National Seashore is probably the crown jewel in New England
vacation land. It has miles of white sand protected beaches that you can walk along and find your own spot of quiet. It gets a little crowded in summer but mostly the touristy Hyannis areas. Further along the crowds "thin out" and you can visit such wondeful areas in Wellfleet, Turo, and the shifting sands of Provincelands. Cape Cod should be on your schedule if you can get past Boston - gonna be tough though!
Lastly, if you're visiting R.I. then I'd recommend Newport as as stop. It has a stunning scenic ride called "Ocean Drive" which takes you past the mansions and around a rocky penninsula as good as any ride in the Northeast. You can drive or bike it.
Sorry, if I sound like a travel agent, but I love New England and love telling people about the varied places to go. I've stuck to coastline areas because you said that was your focus. If you want to go inland then you have... the White Mountains... the Green Mountains, Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Champlain... okay enough!
Enjoy planning your trip. Hope this helps along with the other suggestions.
Cliff and others who have posted,
Thank you so much for the replies....it has helped tremendously!! Cliff, you would make a GREAT travel agent, hehe. The things you have listed were all very familiar names/places that I have heard of. I am going to try and plot my way using the destinations you've listed. It sounds PERFECT for what I want to see and do. I've grown up on water my entire life (Great Lakes) and also frequent Floridas East Coast....I'm so anxious to see the East Coast ....and its finally going to happen....CAN'T WAIT!! If you have any other suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me because the more info I have to go on, the better. I'm open to any suggestions and appreciate the input.
I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and again THANK YOU for such a detailed post, its going to help A LOT!
They are probably gonna snip out your e-mail address but people can e-mail Patrice with a PM through Traveller's Point if they wish.
I think jazzdog hit most of it. Newport is awesome, Boston if you are wanting to stay along the coat. I haven't seen much of Maine, myself so I can't suggest. If you do plan on travelling in-land to NH and VT let us know and I can be of much help there. But again - if time is an issue - just stick to the northern New England area and you will have plenty to do and really enjoy.