I am having heart surgery Aug.12 and decided to embark on a spontaneous road trip with my husband and 3 yr. old son for some quality time before my surgery. We are leaving Sunday July 31 from the Chesapeake, VA area and have to return the following Sunday. I have spent the last 8 hrs. or so browsing the internet for information. I have a few questions about routes and such.
So far, I would like to make our first stop somewhere near Essex, CT. I would like to take my son on the Essex steam train Aug. 1. Mapquest suggests that we take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel up the Eastern Shore. Is this the best route? Will we face terrible traffic on I-95 in the New York area?
I thought after we ride the train on Monday we could head toward Boston, MA. While in Boston, I would like to do the Freedom Trail and possibly take my son on a swan boat. I would like to stay outside of the city so we can save some money on our hotel expense. Any suggestions on where to stay? Will parking be an issue?
After Boston, I am not quite sure where we should go or what we should do. We would like to go whale watching at some point. I would also like to visit Maine. My husband wants fresh seafood. Possibly, in Maine we could go off the beaten path. We are an active family who very much enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and fresh air. Any tips, suggestions, or direction would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. I love this forum! I have used it every summer for ideas and help in planning our trips (none of which have been this last minute!). Thanks!