EXPLORING THE NORTHEASTERN AREA

by | Apr 19, 2024 | RV Trip Planner

Do you need an RV road trip planner if you’re trying to  squeeze out some time for a quick family trip? If you have never taken time to explore the northeastern area of the U.S., then it is time to clear time in your schedule and get your family in that RV and on the road to explore this amazing area.

The Northeast area is well-known for its blue skies, autumn colors and fall foliage, fresh seafood and real maple syrup!  Whether your trip is in the spring (keep in mind many campgrounds don’t open until May), summer or the fall, this will be an unforgettable RV adventure.

First, start your trip planning with New England’s 13 Colonies. They consist of  Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.  Many of these states made up the 13 colonies that started the American Revolution (1775-1783).  Then pick and choose where you want to go – or better yet, reach out to us at RV Adventure-USA. We can be your Rv road trip planner, and help you plan the perfect RV trip for you and your family. 

One of the things we were told before we took our first road trip in this area was that folks in this area are not friendly to outsiders.  We didn’t find this at all, most times they were willing to tell us all about the town we were in, places to see, places to avoid, road construction – we found them to be very helpful.  

In this article, we will use our RV road trip planner skills and pick up our RV adventure in Niagara Falls and take you through upper New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  It’s a great trip with lots to see.

 NIAGARA FALLS

There’s the U.S. side and the Canadian side, to see both sides be sure to bring your driver’s license (if it is a “Real ID” ) or your passport.

This iconic region is home to natural wonders, rich cultural traditions and nationally significant historical sites.

Magnificent, powerful, beautiful, awesome, stunning, surreal, and hypnotic: All of these adjectives could be used to describe Niagara Falls, which is why, as professional Rv road trip planners, we hjighly recommend this area of the country.

While we haven’t been here during winter, we’ve been told that the mist from the falls freezes to form huge mounds of ice that measure up to 50 feet thick. The ice often stretches all the way across the falls and spans several miles to form an ice bridge. Prior to 1912, tourists walked across the ice bridge, but the practice was outlawed after three tourists died when the ice broke away on Feb. 4, 1912.  This is something on our “bucket list” to visit during the winter months.

There’s much more to do than going on the walks alongside the Niagara River and by each of the falls.  These activities let you experience the grand waterfalls in different and exciting ways. Other tours and excursions let you experience other aspects of the Niagara River and Gorge area.

There are quite a few of the paid excursions in the area including the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Journey Behind the Falls, and the Observation Deck.  We did take several tours to get the true “Niagara experience.”

LAKE GEORGE

This is a charming town located in the southern Adirondacks.  The town is absolutely beautiful. 

If you are an active individual or family looking to discover adventure, try out something new or perhaps you prefer to simply relax amid the stunning natural beauty – you have found it in Lake George.  There are many family-friendly attractions and restaurants available throughout this area, 

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One of the main attractions to Lake George is the lake itself – this nationally known body of water has been nicknamed the “Queen of American Lakes.”  Thirty-two (32) miles of pristine waters are surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains.  We had never seen a lake so blue since we live in California and the beach is our playground. 

While in Lake George, take advantage of boat rentals, cruises, parasailing, or one of many other water sports and activities available. If you want to keep it simple, take a walk around the quaint village or just relax at one of the area’s public beaches or pools.  Nothing wrong with wanting to relax and people watch. 

 LAKE PLACID

A short drive from Lake George, also located in the Adirondacks is Lake Placid, the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.  

The best thing, in our opinion, is to get an Olympic Sites Passport and access every one of the Lake Placid Olympic sites. 

  • The Olympic Center
  • Olympic Sports Complex
  • Olympic Jumping Complex

Had enough of the Olympics?  Then take a boat tour on Mirror Lake. Get great views of the beautiful lake and learn about the Adirondack wildlife and Whiteface Mountain (site of the alpine events during the 1980 Winter Olympic Games).  

Also, consider visiting Ausable Chasm – Step back in time as you walk along the nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest.

Other outdoor activities include ziplining, Gondola rides, and horseback riding to name a few.

TWIN MOUNTAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE

While heading to Twin Mountain, we stopped at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and took a tour.  It is amazing to see our favorite flavors being made.  We were also entranced by the Flavor Graveyard.  Yep no kidding, there are engraved headstones for each flavor that has been “laid to rest” showing the first production date and when it was “retired”.

Then we love stopping at Morse Farms – a real working maple syrup farm. 

My parents always visit the state capitol in Montpelier, Vermont which is close to Morse Farms.

 Our day ends in Twin Mountain.  Twin Mountain is in the heart of New Hampshire’s scenic White Mountains. Lots of outdoor activities such as hiking trails, fishing, biking and more. 

We love to take a ride on the famous Mt. Washington Cog Railway.  The Cog Railway climbs 6,288 ft to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.  You get to spend an hour exploring the summit before heading back down the mountain. 

BAR HARBOR / ACADIA NATIONAL PARK 

From here, we traveled to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  As RV road trip planner professionals, we just had to spend 3 full days here.

Acadia: An RV Road Trip Planner Favorite Destination!!

Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island in general, provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, swimming, fishing and boating are just a few of the many things to enjoy.  There are several boat tours that leave from Bar Harbor. A tour to see the puffins would be good choice. 

Cadillac Mountain prohibits RVs on this road so you either take your tow vehicle, or our favorite option is Oli’s Trolley.  They offer 2-1/2 & 4-1/2 hour group & private tours that include Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain.  If touring on your own, Acadia National Park is one of several national parks that require a timed entry ticket in addition to your national park entry fee.

Day 1

Start your 1st day exploring Bar Harbor.  If not driving Cadillac Mountain in your own vehicle, be sure to book Oli’s Trolley, located in Bar Harbor.   Check out downtown is downright charming with many colorful storefront that house local restaurants and shops.  Rent kayaks or go boating.

Still have time left, go check out the lighthouses in the area. Go to the Great Main Lumberjack Show – this will entertain you like nothing else.  So much fun! 

Walk to Bar Island from Bar Harbor (1/2 mile walk).  You will be able to take this hike before or after low tide when a gravel bar is exposed connecting the town of Bar Harbor and Bar Island.  Take the opportunity to explore small tide pools.  Once on the island, the trail takes you through the forest on an old road providing views of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay.  Be cautious of your time so you don’t get caught on Bar Island when the tides come back in. 

Day 2

Acadia National Park.  If you haven’t gone to the visitor center, do so before starting your exploration of the national park.

Check out the Ranger Programs (they are free), if you have young kids get them involved in the Junior Ranger program (also free).  If you like to hike, there are over 125  miles of hiking trails.  Rent a bike and bike along the 45 miles of carriage roads.  Take the Island Explorer Shuttle during the summer, hop on and hop off all day.  It’s a great way to get around the Park.

Take your vehicle (or RV) and go on some of the scenic drives, best way to see the Park in our opinion. 

After several days at Acadia National Park, we headed towards OLD ORCHARD BEACH, MAINE.

Before getting to the campground, we always stop at LL Bean in Freeport.  If you haven’t been here, take the time to explore this fascinating store.

 If you have kids, you will want to stay at Old Orchard Beach for a night or two.

  • Old Orchard’s Pier—which extends nearly 500 feet out over the Atlantic Ocean—is the center of the recreational offerings here. On the pier, you can shop, eat, play games of skill, enjoy the nightlife, go dancing, watch fireworks every night during the summer, listen to concerts, fish, or go on a whale watching or birdwatching tour.  
  • Your kids will love exploring the Beachfront Palace Playland Park, which is the only beachfront amusement park in New England.
Kennebunkport!

 KENNEBUNKPORT is a short drive south of Old Orchard Beach.  If you don’t have kids and Old Orchard Beach doesn’t appeal to you, plan to stay in this small, picturesque coastal beach town on the Atlantic Ocean.  

Locally owned boutiques, bakeries, art galleries and restaurants line the streets, while the harbor is filled with boats returning from a morning of lobstering. We love to wander along the storefronts (we call it window shopping) and walk along the water. No matter where you turn, you will find lobster joints. The lobster is fresh as can be and you will hear many visitors say, “I’ve never had such great lobster at home”.  

The town offers many great activities such as boat tours, biking, kayaking, and canoeing.  It’s always fun to go see the “Bush Compound” – you can’t go inside but you can get a glimpse of it.  If you are a fan of lighthouses, there’s one here as well that is worth a visit.  And of course, there are many beaches along the coast.

THINGS NOT TO MISS

  • Walker Point
  • Kennebunk River
  • Saint Ann’s Church 
  • Ocean Avenue 
  • Kennebunk Beach 
  • Parson’s Way 
  • St. Anthony’s Monastery 
  • Blueberry Hill

 From Kennebunkport, we always try to get down to Mystic, Connecticut.  Mystic became famous when the movie “Mystic Pizza” was filmed right there on Main Street in Mystic.  Mystic Pizza is a real restaurant and definitely worth a stop.

Mystic Aquarium is another great attraction the kids will love. 

 But the big draw of Mystic, for us, is Mystic Seaport.  It is a re-creation of the crafts and fabric of an entire 19th-century seaport village. The village is made up of dozens of real New England buildings staffed with historians, musicians, storytellers, and craftspeople who bring our seafaring past to life.  

It offers great activities for kids and adults.  Tour the boats, candle making, boat building and blacksmith welding.   Rent a rowboat or sailboat and cruise around the harbor.  If you love boats and ships this is definitely a place to go. 

Not sure how to put a trip like this together?  You could used the assistance of a professional RV road trip planner. Contact RV Adventure-USA – we know how to plan great trips anywhere in the U.S.A. and we’d love to help you. 

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