okay. so. My best friend and I are planning a road trip thru all of New England next summer (long way off but we want to be well prepared). We'll be leaving from South Eastern Michigan and we plan to head straight for Niagra Falls. We will spend the evening there and after the illumination we will head farther east, traveling along the CA border (but we want to stay out of Canada). We will head to the "top" of Maine. We plan to spend a night at Eagle Lake. From there we know we'll follow the coastline and eventually spend a night in a B&B in Rhode Island. And then continue heading south and eventually back west. What I'm really looking for is the "must-see"s of New England. If you have favorite hotels, restraunts, parks, attractions, etc. PLEASE share them. This is kind of our graduation present to eachother and I want it to be really special. Thanks so much! Love~Kayla
Ps: some of the things we also plan to do:
Flume Gorge (NH)
Melanies Vegan Eden (RI)
Prospect Park (RI)
LA Burdick chocolates (NH)
Breakfast at someplace (VT...maybe a suggestion for a restruant?)
Jakes Seafood? (MA)
Auburn Cemetary (MA)
Whale Watching (MA)
Toscanini's Ice Cream (MA)
Cape Henlopen (DE)
Diamond A Ranch (CT)
Mystic Aquarium (CT)
West Quoddy Light (ME)
Bar Harbor (ME)
Adventure Aquarium (NJ)
also, we don't have a set time period for this to take place. We plan to leave either Friday June 15th 2007 or Sunday June 18th 2007 (Niagara Falls has fireworks on those nights) and we assume it will take about two weeks?
I did a whale watch in Gloucester, Mass., which was great. I don't know which part of Mass. you wanted to do that in, but I'm an evangelist for Cape Ann. It's such a beautiful place.
Bar Harbor is one of my favorite places on earth, too, so I'm glad to see that on your list. There are a ton of cute bed and breakfast places there, and of course Acadia National Park, which is gorgeous. We also did a harbor tour in Bar Harbor, which was a lot of fun. It's nice to see the islands and imagine what it would be like to live out there, where you can only get in and out on the mail boat!
Geddy's has the best pizza in Maine. Parkside is great for seafood and pasta, and Rupununi has the best crab cakes I've ever eaten.
You should really stop in Freeport, Maine, too, if only because it is the cutest outlet shopping town you'll ever see in your life.
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Hey, I'm actually from Ann Arbor and go to school in Providence, RI.
Couple of things to check out:
in RI there's a some good beaches: check out Fort Weatherill St. Park for cliff jumping (30ft and 60ft)
newport, RI is a cool little town worth checking out
in NYC check out the museum of modern art if you are into art - its one of the world's best museums
GO TO PHILADELPHIA. If you're going that far south, it is one of the coolest cities on the east coast. Walk on south street.
In providence the following places (all withing walking distance of Brown University) are great for eating: Meeting Street Cafe, Antonio's Pizza, East Side Pockets, Red Stripe, Sakura (sushi), A Taste of India
hey guys! Thanks so much for all your help. I've definitely added a few items to my itinerary and I have a few places to eat <3. Don't be afraid to post more, I'm still trying to figure out a lot of details and I don't want to miss the beautiful things! thanks again guys! Love~Kayla
A few suggestions:
If you are in Bar Harbor spend some time in Acadia Park - beautiful. Try to get to Thurston's or Beal's-straightforward, simple boiled lobster dinners on picnic tables overlooking some of the most picturesque NE harbors you will ever see. If you are not a big hiker, walk the Great Head Trail and if you are, go the top of Penobscot Mountain.
Mt. Auburn cemetery is good choice if you are in Boston. That is a wonderful and unique place. For contrast, check out the traditional old church graveyards in Boston (Copp's Hill and Granary) and see the graves of our founding fathers.
If you are at Toscaninis (great ice cream)head up Massachusetts Avenue a few blocks to Harvard Square - always a lot of street life.
If you are doing the Whale Watch in MA, try to do it out of Gloucester. Gloucester, Rockport and Cape Ann is beautiful seaside scenery and Rockport a quaint little town.
Better yet, try to get out to the outer cape - Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. The beaches are part of the National Seashore and great. Wellfleet and Provincetown and great little towns with lots of unique people and arts
I go to NY often. More than you can possibly do. But if you want to feel like an American, take a ride thru NY harbor on the Staten Island Ferry (its free too). This is my tip. Go to the very front of the ferry and it will feel like the movie Titanic, nothing but water and the NY skyline in front of you. Crusing by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will bring tears to your patriotic eyes.
Im from New England - nearby Provi RI and lived in Boston for 7 years. So send me a PM if u need any specific info...
For whale watches - ur probably wanna check Plymouth, MA - a nice town anyway. Also Salem on the North Shore is great too - famous for its witchery happenings
But u must must book a Red Sox Game! even if ur not a BBall fan, Fenway Park is a historic memorial.