In need for useful tips on a road trip final week of Sep. Starting from NYC, could loop back to NYC but Atlanta is also an option. Always wanted to go to New England, BUT given the fact that we're from Europe, this may not be as special for is in terms of landscape, towns etc. Also we absolutely want to avoid too much tourism infected places, so this time of year may not be ideal? Or are there enough stunning & remote places to chill out in Maine (Arcadia?). Our aim is to unwind after a week in the city, do a bit of kayaking, rafting, chilling out on the beach and biking/hiking. Combi of relaxing and a bit of outdoor stuff.
Alternative to New England could be driving down to Atlanta and flying back to London from there. Passing D.C., Smoky Mountains etc on the way. Enough to see/do?
Third option is to fly from NYC to Florida, spend a week there driving along the Keys and a few days on South Beach.
What say you? Best combo of seeing things, relaxing, not too touristy and still beautiful?