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09/17/2013 06:05:32 PM · #1
Route

we are back in rochester in october for another wedding and have ten days before our fligh back after the wedding so we are trying to plan a bit of a road trip

any suggestions most welcome.

october 15th-23rd

flights on the 25th out of toronto so we were planning on staying in toronto on the 24h having got the train from rochester after ropping hire car back and seeing our US family before we leave

Message edited by alanfreed - Edited URL to be a tidy link :).
09/17/2013 06:52:45 PM · #2
God, Man, LINK the URL so the page can be a normal width...
09/17/2013 06:54:25 PM · #3
That said, you're out of your MIND if you drive from Portland Maine to Acadia National Park on the inland route you've shown: the coast route is absolutely wonderful.
09/17/2013 07:03:10 PM · #4
thats just adding destinations into google it picked the route, altered it now

link

Message edited by author 2013-09-17 19:04:23.
09/17/2013 07:08:46 PM · #5
I just did a quick Maine road trip a couple weeks ago so I can maybe give a few tips up there. In hindsight the coastal route is pretty nice for the towns you pass through, but it didn't really provide the rocky, light-house-lined coastline I was expecting, and for that reason I was frustrated with how long it took to get to Acadia. (But I had a toddler in the back seat, so two extra hours can feel like eternity under some conditions.)

If you've got an idea of when you'll be through Boston, let me know. If things line up it would be great to meet you.
09/17/2013 07:23:43 PM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

That said, you're out of your MIND if you drive from Portland Maine to Acadia National Park on the inland route you've shown: the coast route is absolutely wonderful.


I was in Acadia a few weeks ago. I decided to take the coastal route on the way there. On the way back I took the inland route to save some time. Much of the highway was torn up with several long lane closures. It took mew almost as much time to get home as the coastal route did on the way there. Just food for thought.
09/17/2013 07:49:03 PM · #7
I can see several areas where I think I'd modify your route a bit. For example, unless you have a reason to loop all the way up to St Johnsbury, VT after leaving Woodstock Vt. I'd jump off I-91 around exit 17 and cross the border into NH. Make your way to Rt 112 north of Woodsville and follow it to Woodstock NH. From there head north up Rt 3 through Franconia Notch.

After the notch you can intersect your original route in the Twin Mountain (Carrol, NH) area. Considering the many other beautiful places you'll be going I don't think you'll miss much going on the St. J route trip from Woodstock NH through the notch is more scenic than Rt. 302 from St, J to Twin Mountain.
09/17/2013 09:48:45 PM · #8
May want to check out Letchworth State Park, referred to as the Grand Canyon of the east. It's about an hour south of Rochester and the falls colors should be good then.
09/17/2013 10:07:34 PM · #9
Between I and J instead of going north like that, go through Franconia Notch and see the Notch and the Basin, maybe the Flume (may be a bit cold for that, but if you are there...). Worth stopping to see, and easily accessible from 93.

Then, go south a bit to Lincoln and take the Kancamagus Highway east. It'll take you right to Conway, and you have good chances of seeing moose.
09/18/2013 02:30:40 PM · #10
You left the smallest yet best State off of your New Englad itinerary- Rhode Island.
Major oversight!
09/18/2013 03:22:43 PM · #11
we are going through providence an fall river?? they are in rhode island arent they?
09/18/2013 03:27:25 PM · #12
You Need to at Cape Neddick, ME to your itinerary, you are going to go right by it anyways on your way up to Portland.... There you will see Nubble light/Cape Neddick Light. Very photogenic, totally worth the stop.

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09/18/2013 05:55:14 PM · #13
Originally posted by Giles:

we are going through providence an fall river?? they are in rhode island arent they?


Providence is the capitol of RI. Fall River is in Mass, but close to Providence.
09/18/2013 06:44:41 PM · #14
Getting off the freeways makes for easier photo opportunities. In Vermont, once you are at Stowe (point G) you can go up to Morristown (closer than it looks) then east on 12, which loops back down to Montpelier -- giving you a look at a different valley on your way back. From Montpelier (smallest state capital in the US, 8,000 people, no McDonalds, stop at Coffee Corner Main and State street for good food and atmosphere), going south on 12 through Northfield and Randolph gets you some great fall color, if the week you travel cooperates. Then pick a place to cut back over to I89 or go all the way on 12 to Woodstock, depending on time constraints.
09/18/2013 06:59:22 PM · #15
That's an awful lot of ground to cover in 9 days. You can certainly do it, but it doesn't leave you a whole lot of time to explore any single place. But I would echo the other comments of getting off the highways, especially in Maine. The coastal route from Portland to Acadia is spectacular. If you want more details about places to see in and around Ithaca, let me know. Your route goes about 3 miles by my place.
10/03/2013 05:52:15 PM · #16
Can anyone recommend place to stay around Burlington, starting the day in lake placid driving towards Burlington

Some interesting or quirky be good :)
10/03/2013 05:59:38 PM · #17
Originally posted by Giles:

Can anyone recommend place to stay around Burlington, starting the day in lake placid driving towards Burlington

Some interesting or quirky be good :)

//www.dubuquelane.com/

Message edited by author 2013-10-03 17:59:52.
10/08/2013 03:28:55 PM · #18
so just packing for this, sod the clothes etc the more important thing is what to take

as we are without my boy and having a car I'm taking more this time

so far my thinking is
5dmk3
16-35 L
24-70L
70-200L
50mm or 85mm
carbon fibre manfroto

think ill take a 550ex as well for the wedding
15" mac book pro

10/08/2013 03:42:05 PM · #19
Take the 85mm, not the 50mm. The 1.8's extra special on the longer lens. The Bigma's too much to haul this trip, huh?
10/08/2013 03:44:09 PM · #20
Originally posted by Giles:

Can anyone recommend place to stay around Burlington, starting the day in lake placid driving towards Burlington

Some interesting or quirky be good :)

Burlington by definition is quirky. Shouldn't be tough!
10/08/2013 03:52:34 PM · #21
the bigmas gone, traded it for the 120-300 sigma 2.8 but would have been a good cover all lens

teh 120-300 is a heavy big ass lens though and id need to take the 2x

im thinking it'll mainly be people and landscapes wont be doing any zoos this time rd so shouldnt need the reach
10/08/2013 04:29:02 PM · #22
will i want my 100mm filter holder and nd grads for new england?
10/08/2013 04:39:08 PM · #23
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

That said, you're out of your MIND if you drive from Portland Maine to Acadia National Park on the inland route you've shown: the coast route is absolutely wonderful.


Busksport, me got a neat fort!
10/08/2013 04:46:28 PM · #24
Originally posted by Giles:

will i want my 100mm filter holder and nd grads for new england?

Yup.
10/10/2013 04:54:01 AM · #25
Had to ditch my tripod and filters to get under 23kg :(

But at the airport now, is Acadia national park open yet it's day 6 on our trip?

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