Hi ladies! A coworked suggested that I make an account and look up this board for my questions... so hopefully she was right and you ladies will help me!
My husband and I have an interest in travelling to the New England area, however neither of us have been to any of those states so we're kind of struggling with the plans.
We were originally thinking about a week, but now we've decided to instead complete some home improvement projects this summer and save the money on airfare and a car rental and just drive. We've added a few days to compensate for this. We would like to go at the end of July or in the beginning of August. We planned to leave on Thursday and return on the Sunday a week and a half later. Coming from NW Ohio, I do understand that both the first and last day are shot and will be spent driving the majority of the time. However, I think we should be able to fully dedicate the other 9 days to vacationing.
We've never really done a road-trip vacation as adults before, so any advice would be appreciated.
In addition, what are some attractions that we must see? I'm open to suggestions ranging from a 10 minute must-see to an all day event. I've tried to look on TripAdvisor for ideas, but as far as I can tell, you can only search by city and I don't know what cities we want to go to besides Boston.
We are interested in museums, beaches, parks, beautiful drives, and just sightseeing in general. We are not interested in night life or shopping (unless it's cute, local, unique stores- not the same stores we have back home).
Acadia National Park is on our must-see list for sure. We're not sure how long we would spend here. We have no interest in camping or any strenuous hiking, but we would like to do some light to moderate hikes and see what I have been told is absolutely breathtaking scenery.
I also want to include the Cliff Walk in Newport, RI and the Freedom Trail in Boston. Now, are there any tours involved at either of these places? Or do you just walk the few miles, see the sights, and have a new activity planned for after lunch?
I also would like to spend a day or two at beaches and would like some suggestions. Ideally, I would like a place where we can rent beach chairs and an umbrella for the day, have plenty of casual restaurants within walking distance from the beach, and perhaps have silly souveneir or other shops that I can walk through when I want a break from the sun for a little bit.
If anyone has (or knows of) any travel blogs that might pertain to this vacation, I would love to read them!
Thank you so much for any guidance that you can give!