I'm glad to be again on this forum after some time, US roadtrips are my favourite and I know I can always count on RoadtripAmerica!
My girlfriend decided she would like to see the Fall foliage: I tried to convince her we could go to the park nearby, but she prefers New England ;)
We'll be flying from London, UK to Boston on Sat 29th September , spending 3 nights in Boston then hitting the road to visit New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
I've started looking at itinerary options; I was thinking of driving on Tuesday morning (Early) towards the White Mountains, spending 2 nights in North Conway after visiting small towns and driving through scenic byways; on Thursday, driving to Bar Harbour and Acadia National Park, spending night there; Friday, down on the coast to Portland; Saturday morning, maybe visiting Salem and another town before heading to Boston airport for our return flight. Total 7 nights.
The other way round (Maine then White Mountains to Boston) is also an option.
I've just started planning (Website and guides) and I'm getting an idea of the distances and places to see. Some questions if you could help me please:
- is the above high-level itinerary too stretch and should I maybe skip Acadia? what do you think?
- I read accommodation in New England at that time of the year is a bit more difficult to find, do you suggest to book every night well in advance (possibly at this time already)? Nice inns or more basic Motels? Any recommendation?
- any recommendation on nice towns/places of interest, anything we should not miss?
- how's traffic around/leaving Boston at rush hour weekdays and heading to Logan on a Saturday afternoon?
- how does it work with highway tolls? are they cash-only or do they accept cards ?
I'm not new to US roadtrips (2011 Denver>Vegas>SFO and 2014 Denver->Yellowstone->Tennessee->Atlanta), New England is an area I always wanted to visit and I'm sure it will be an amazing experience.
Thanks in advance for any suggestion, I will share my final plan later on.