Well it's looking more and more like I will be heading to montreal and quebec city once I have money and a work-free week in may or june.
I'm thinking about the bus but....I may have a car by then as well. so if I drive from philadelphia where should I stop to break and sight-see inbetween? anything in the adirondacks worth checking out real quick. nothing too crazy as I want to spend most of my time in Quebec. I'm looking for little sights that I can stop and see on the way up with out taking up too much time. Not stopping in boston or nyc.
surely somebody's has driven through new england before and liked what they have seen.
Here's the places in New England I like:
Mystic Seaport--near Mystic, Connecticut--an old whaling village--makes you feel like you are still ready to go out on a trip yourself--or maybe become a pirate.
Newport, Rhode Island--check out all the old mansions in town--and the restaurants down by the water. Many of the mansions can be visited on special tours (see www.newportmansions.org)
Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont--check it out at:
The family is the famous one you have seen in the movie "The Sound of Music" that escaped from Austria during World War II. Going to their home in winter is an absolute delight.
Boston, Massachusetts--home of liberty's founding--go see the "Cheers" bar just west of town--and Fanouil Hall downtown--and take a boat road around the bay in the summer. The cities where the American Independence movement had their first battles (both losses, I'm sorry to say) were in the towns of Lexington and Concord just west of town. The Old North Church where the lanterns were hung to signal Paul Revere that "The British are Coming" is downtown. Also the boat "Old Ironsides", the USS Constitution is here as well.
Northeast of Boston is the town of Salem--famous for its Salem Witch Trials. The town keeps up that tradition with many shops and houses associated with those events.
South Maine coast near Kennebunkport--lots of small towns where they go out and catch lobsters and bring them back and serve them in their small lobster restaurants. North of here is the Acadia coastline--also scenic.
Some people like Martha's Vineyard--a small island off the south coast of Massachusetts--very quaint and quiet. On the west coast is a small town where they filmed the movie "Jaws". Too quiet for me--but if you want to live in 1890s America, this is the place to go.
Small towns in upstate New York (like near Lake Placid), or western Massachusetts (like Dalton), or Vermont (like Bennington). Very pretty, especially in the Fall.
Hanover, New Hampshire--this tiny town near the Vermont border has Dartmouth University (one of the famous Ivy league schools) and not much else except lots of charm and character--which I think is why one lives in New England, isn't that right?
I should mention one last spot--Foxwoods Casino. This, the world's largest casino, is located in the middle of nowhere in the middle-eastern part of Connecticut. I've never been there--but it must be popular to remain the world's largest--so you might want to visit.