Were are heading to New England this July to check out the area for 2 weeks. We leave from Detroit and are going through Canada, coming back into the states in Vermont. We are staying in Bar Harbor for about 5 days, then down to salem, ma for about 3 days. Then somewhere in Rhode island/Connecticut for another few. Any way any suggestions on must sees or places to stay in in the latter area. TIA
Acadia National Park in Maine was a really nice drive. Check admission price before you go. We were with a local who had a pass, but I think it might get a little pricey?
In Salem we visited the House of the Seven Gables which is represented in the book of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was a nice historic tour. The town seemed to roll up the carpets at 5pm, so get there early in the day for sightseeing.
There is a beautiful lighthouse that is accessible at Pemaquid Point, Maine....south of Bar Harbor. It is quiet relaxing place. When we were there, 2 years ago, they charged $5 for a car. After closing 5 pm it is free...I don't believe the gates ever lock. We enjoy walking on the rocks, watching the tide/waves, the lighthouse, watching the sunsets, and having sandwich at the picnic tables. There is a campground just up the road, Pemaquid Point Campground....very nice. We have been going to New England for years and we do not miss this stop....planning for this year too. We never get tired of the beauty. Both campground and lighthouse are dog friendly if leashed.
The tour around Acadia is a must...very busy on weekends in the fall so I am assuming it is busy during the tourist season. We are seniors so we have a pass. If you travel to Federal parks it might be worth an annual pass. I don't remember the cost for admission.
North of Salem, is Glouster and the Cape Anne area. Very touristy but a fun stops. If you are into whale watching this is an area with several fleets.
Mystic Seaport in Connecticut is nice too. We haven't been there in years but we enjoyed it.
is a lighthouse museum in Maine, quite interesting. We also enjoyed Owl's Head Transportation Museum, in Maine.
Of course, there is Boston and Lexington, MA with all the historical attractions.
I will try to think of some other places. You can look up the places I mentioned on line and get a better idea of each. New England is one of our favorite vacations...you have the choice of just relaxing or taking lots of activities. Enjoy!!!
Oh yes, something bluegrass said reminded me. We did a whale watch out of Bar Harbor in the middle of summer. Take some winter clothes with you if you go. Once we got out onto that water, it was COLD COLD COLD! Hats, gloves, coats... the works.