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New York/ New England Trip:Need Help

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Hi- I am trying to plan a trip next July to Upstate New York/ Southern New England. I have been to New England a couple of times, but mainly focused on Northern New England like Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. I have been to Acadia NP and Baxter Park/Moosehead Lake in Maine, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and have been through Woodstock and Rutland, Vermont.. I have been through parts of Massachusetts also. I have also been to Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes in New York. So, places I have not been include Cape Cod and coastal areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Boston, and the Adirondacks of NY. Cape Cod is really the only big vacation spot in New England I have not been to. So, im thinking about planning a trip next July to explore more of Southern New England and maybe part of Upstate New York. Im going to start with a rough itinerary. I have a week to 10 days. So, i can go up to ten days if I have to. And I want to keep the drive each day somewhat short like under 7 hours. I do realize that there is lots of traffic, so it can take much longer, but I am talking planned time. I don't want to plan a 9 hour drive, then it turn into 12 hours. So, i want to keep it short to allow for traffic. Even though a lot of this trip will be coastal, I want to go through a mountain area on the return leg of the trip, like Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont, or in New York and avoid the New York City area (go through PA instead). Going up, I just simply want to go the shortest way (through New York City, Connecticut, etc). I am driving up from the Baltimore, Maryland area. So, im going to list a rough itinerary here, that I count on doing a lot of modifications to. I am willing to cut a few things to get the best out of my trip (i.e. Adirondacks or Upstate NY). So here it is:
Day 1- Leave Baltimore in the morning and Arrive in Newport, Rhode Island.
Day 2- Another day in Newport, Rhode Island
Day 3- Leave Newport in the morning and arrive in Wellfleet, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
Day 4- Cape Cod
Day 5- Cape Cod
Day 6- Cape Cod
Day 7- Cape Cod
Day 8- Leave Cape Cod, Arrive in Boston
Day 9- Leave Boston, spend the night in the Berkshires/ Southern Vermont
Day 10- Leave Berkshires/ Southern Vermont, Arrive Home

Any suggestions? Looks like I would have to cut the Adirondacks for sure. I would like to spend some time in Cape Cod, but I could cut a day or two there. Im not sure I want to do Boston or not because im into outdoors and I don't like cities. I am looking for hiking trails and unspoiled natural beauty as well as historical sites. However, places like Minuteman National Park or Walden Pond look promising. Or how about Cape Ann like Rockport or Glochester, MA? Or any place else in Rhode Island or Massachusetts along the coast? What are good places to spend part of a vacation?

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