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    Hey there!

    I'm looking to possibly take a road trip up to Maine this May. The trip would be a surprise for my boyfriend for our two year anniversary. I'd be leaving from central Jersey, as that's where we're located. I'd like to be gone for a week or two, the scheduling would be pretty flexible, but it'd have to be fairly cheap because I'm just out of school and don't have a ton of cash to throw around. Is that plausible? Where would be some good places to stuff? I'm an art person, we both love music, I'd love to see some interesting places and meet some interesting people, take some pictures as I'm a photographer, and just like, have a really awesome, relaxing trip. I've never road tripped before, but I've always wanted to, but any help would be welcome!

    Thanks so much!

    - Emily

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Some Tips to Get You Started

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Well fortunately may is about as low as a low season gets, so wherever rates or admission prices fluctuate through the year, they'll be at their low point. It also will be getting warm enough to camp out some nights, but be forewarned that may is referred to as 'mud season' in some parts of northern New England. I would recommend that you start looking for accommodations beforehand and always ask if there is a discount for booking multiple nights. Staying in a different place each day and taking rack rate are two of the most expensive 'penalties' in travel, and New England is compact enough that you can see much of it from a few well chosen bases.

    The coast of New England is certainly photogenic with some of the best sights in Mystic CT, Newport RI, Cape Ann MA, and Down East ME. There is also a thriving art scene, but it is spread out over a number of small towns and intimate galleries, so finding what you want will take some leg work, but once you've found one good gallery they should be able to recommend some others, and those will know of still others, etc. For some more general hints on what to see and do in New England, check out the discussions linked to here.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Western/Central Massachusetts

    Default Low season availability

    Since "cheap lodging" often equals "camping," keep in mind that many camping areas in New England don't open until around Memorial Day.

    Northampton, MA would be a good stop for you. It is known for catering to the arts, and having an active music scene. Being a college town definitely helps with that!

    Is there any specific subject matter that you enjoy covering as a photographer?

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