From Massachusetts to Mount Desert Island, This Land Belongs to You & Me
June 8, 2014 12:35 PM Subscribe
Thoughts on our New England itinerary? Drive Pittsburgh to Boston then up to Salem, Gloucester, Rockport, Portsmouth (I saw the great thread on the kid trips centered around Portsmouth), Portland, Acadia National Park and back bypassing Boston on the return.
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Any thoughts on this itinerary for August? We like to pack in the activities and keep busy. The kids (tolerant and enthusiastic travelers almost 9 and 12) much prefer destinations and outdoor activities than walking down cute streets and imagining the history. We have seen good museums and are more interested in what makes the location a unique part of the US. They recently loved Williamsburg so I'm not sure we will do more all-day live history parks. We liked quickly touring Vegas but were glad to see it before the Utah parks as it would have been a let-down for us all after the natural beauty. We loved Toronto and New York City as a family but the subtlety of Charleston fell a little flat for the children.
What should we see? What is worth adding on to all this driving to go off the route (there is so much we are leaving for future trips)? Where should we stay on the way to Boston and on the way back to break up the drive, Litchfield, New Haven, Danbury, Hartford, Waterbury or just skip them and carry on the drive? Is Salem/Gloucester/Rockport worth going off the direct route? Is Acadia worth the drive (we loved the Utah National Parks so much)? Any suggestions on how long to stay and where? We usually stay outside the city (Boston) on the way in and out to keep expensive downtown hotels plus valet to as few nights as possible. Acadia tips, places to stay?
I will post back with our final itinerary and results. Thank you.