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  1. Default Chicago to Acadia National Park

    What are the must-see attractions along the way? We will be taking two days to get there. On the way home, we'll be stopping at Niagara Falls. We're interested in the Freeport Desert, too. Any advice is welcome!

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    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA!

    I hate to be the bearer of sad news, but it's about 1250 miles by the shortest route, from Chicago to Bar Harbor/Acadia NP. That is a very full 2 days of driving, one way, at 625 miles per day. That's 12 hours of driving. Unless you can find some extra time somewhere, such as leaving even a half day earlier and driving as far as you can, you'll be doing great to get in each night safely.

    Other things to see on the way home, if you have more time: there are remnants of the old Erie Canal along I-80 in NY. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is about 30 miles off the freeway, if that interests you. The Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland. If you are using a route through Conn., Mark Twain's Home and Museum is in Hartford. Of course Massachusetts has Plimouth Plantation and Plymouth Rock, plus Cape Cod. Check out the Map Center here as there are many suggestions along the way, depending on which route you want to take.


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