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Hi! My husband and I are from Australia, and are planning a 6 week road trip to the US for late June and July. We are in our early 40s. We are not adventure travellers. Probably more tourists. We like to visit places that have a spirit to them (loooove Europe!). We don't need the hippest or trendiest bars and party scene, but we do appreciate good restaurants, friendly people, and beautiful sites.

So far we have determined that we will do two 3 week road trips on each coast.

We don't want to do a lot of single night stays, preferring to base ourselves and do day trips. Having said this, we have no clear idea of where exactly we should go. There is SOOOO much to see, and SOOOO much information to wade through :) . So I thought I would throw it out there, and see if anyone had any must see ideas. We are also excited about being in the US for 4 July. Too many movies promise fireworks, barbecues and ball games. Is this true?

Our very basic itinerary is as follows:

TRIP 1 - East Coast - New York (7 days) - Boston (3 days) - Montreal (5 days) - Washington DC (3 days) - New York (1 day).

I would like to stay in a coastal town as well - we have read about Provincetown, Newport, Mystic - but not sure the best place yet. We will be driving through Vermont as well. I would be interested in a Lake town as an option, just for a couple of nights. We also need a stopover from Montreal to Washington. We are aiming to be in Washington for 4 July.

The Hamptons look nice, but I fear out of our price range, and we have heard that driving to Cape Cod is a nightmare.

We are looking at staying close to Times Square in New York. Bed and Breakfasts are an option for staying in on our trips, as well as 3.5 to 4 star hotels. But I don't do camping.

TRIP 2 - West Coast - LA (2 days) - Grand Canyon - Big Sur - Vegas (2 days) - San Francisco - San Diego - Yosemite

We haven't planned the West Coast at all, just have rough number of days we want to stay, but have not sorted the order as yet.

And finally, is there anywhere we *shouldn't* go??

Thank you so much in advance, if you are able to assist. It is very much appreciated!

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