New England/North-East US Fall vacation
July 31, 2012 6:26 AM Subscribe
Need help planning a vacation in New England/North-East US are in fall. More details inside
posted by WizKid to travel & transportation (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Who - 2 adults and one 2 year old
When - Around September, October
How long - Plan is to take a week off from work and do the vacation from Saturday to Sunday (so 9 days) including flying time.
Flights from Kansas to DC seems to be significantly cheaper than flying to some where north like MA or CT. So current plan is to fly to DC and rent a car from there and drive up to Maine (going through Vermont) and come back on I-95. This would probably take around 4 days. After we are back in DC planning on covering the attractions around the town (mainly Smithsonian).
1. When would be the earliest we can go but still capture some good fall foliage? Since things start getting really expensive in peak foliage season (late October?), we would like to get an early start.
2. Considering the answer to the above question would it be a good time to visit Niagara falls too? (Must stay on US side, cannot go to Canada)
3. Any suggestions on routes to take? Scenic routes?
4. Where to stop/ stay? Cheap, clean places are fine. Not looking for anything fancy, just a place to crash for the night. But if you do have any other suggestions on good places that are worth the money, please do share.
5. Will it be too cold to relax or take a walk on the beach ?
6. We are foodies. Open to pretty much any type of food/drinks. What are your favorite restaurants along the way or in DC? Preferably like to keep the cost of a meal less than $15 per person, but open to suggestions.
7. Things to do/see in north? (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI)
8. We might probably be staying with a friend (about an hour away from downtown) while in DC. Is there any free/cheap place to park the car and take the metro around the city?
9. Cape Cod looks nice. How expensive is that? Will it be too cold in Sep? Any other places?
If my current itinerary seems too ambitious I might drop DC and fly to some where in New England and stay there.
Any other advice welcomed :-)