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28 Day Roadtrip to the Northeast US & Canada

28 Day Roadtrip to the Northeast US & Canada

Mar 21st, 2018, 08:39 PM
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28 Day Roadtrip to the Northeast US & Canada

We are travelling with our two kids, age 13 & 7, to the Northeast and to Montreal and Quebec City for 28 days in July & August. We will be driving from Chicago. We've done big trips before. We love the outdoors and National Parks. We also love history. Our priority is to see Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine - that will complete our lower 48 states. We also are thinking about adding in Cape Cod because we didn't go there when we were in Boston a few years ago. We'll end in New Jersey to visit family and visit New York City. As I've been planning our itinerary, I've considered adding in the Bay of Fundy and Prince Edward Island in Canada. I want to know if they are worth the extra drive. I have a general itinerary. I would love to hear if there are fun things to do with kids in these places, or places that I don't have on the itinerary that we should add. Also, do you think I have enough time in each place, or too much time anywhere? I also posted on the US forums. Thanks for your suggestions!

Mon, July 16 – Depart Drive to Niagara Falls, CA 8.5 hours
Tue, 17 – Niagara Falls & Drive to Vermont 7 hours – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park? – Bristol – Lincoln Gap Swimming? Where to stay?
Wed, 18 – Vermont – Visit Shelbourne Farm – Ben & Jerry’s Factory
Thu, 19 – Drive to Montreal 2 hours
Fri, 20 – Montreal
Sat, 21 - Montreal
Sun, 22 – Drive to Quebec 3 hours
Mon, 23 – Quebec
Tue, 24 – Drive to Fundy National Park 7 hours
Wed, 25 – Fundy NP & Bay of Fundy
Thu, 26 – Drive to Prince Edward Island 3 hours
Fri, 27 – Prince Edward Island
Sat, 28 – Prince Edward Island
Sun, 29 – Drive to Acadia National Park 6.5 hours
Mon, 30 – Acadia
Tue, 31 – Acadia
Wed, 1 – Drive to Portland 3 hours (or Kennybunkport)
Thu, 2 – Beach Day South of Portland (Old Orchard Beach, Ogunquit)
Fri, 3 – Another Day in Portland or go to Conway Early
Sat, 4 – Drive to Conway NH 1.5 hours
Sun, 5 – Conway (Diana’s Bath, The Flume, Zeb’s Candy, Train? Storyland or Santa’s Village?)
Mon, 6 – Drive to Cape Cod (Stop at J&F Farms?) 4 hours
Tue, 7 – Cape Cod
Wed, 8 – Cape Cod
Thu, 9 – Drive to New Jersey 5 hours
Fri, 10 – New York
Sat, 11 – Family Day with Cousins
Sun, 12 – Drive Home 12 hours
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Mar 22nd, 2018, 08:48 AM
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I wish I could offer the important perspective of having kids on a trip like that (so that I could relate to the added constraints and demands).

Fundy NP... sure... and be sure to add Hopewell Cape, NB to that.

Were it me, I think I would add Cape Breton and trade-away PEI if I had to.

Look into Louisbourg (fort) on the NE coast of Nova Scotia to see if your kids would like that.

Also, I think a bit more time in Quebec City would be useful. Plenty of French, and French culture around... where Montreal is perhaps more akin to when you're in downtown Chicago and you happen to overhear French tourists in conversation there.

It does seem quite a demanding schedule you have there.

But because Nova Scotia isn't on the waaaaaaaaaaay to anywhere, it makes great sense to check it off for everyone when you're even remotely nearby.
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Mar 26th, 2018, 09:53 AM
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I did respond on the US forum as well. My thought for the Canadian part is to spend the night in Niagara Falls Ontario. The falls view is better on the Canadian side in most peoples view.
Go to Montreal through Toronto. Maybe see the CN tower. Visit the NE US after the Canadian Maritimes. A visit to Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia might interest the kids.
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