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Old 02-21-2011, 07:00 AM   #1
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Just starting to plan our summer 2011 trip. Three or four months to go up east coast and back inland. Other than Washington DC for a week and avoiding NY city, nothing planned. Any input appreciated.

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A ton of things to do on the way:
- Independence Hall in Philly
- Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
- Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA
- Springfield Armory
- Mark Twain's house in Hartford, CT
- USS Nautilus in Groton, CT
- Ruby Falls and Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
- Gettysburg
- Shenandoah National Park

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Wow! That is a robust trip. We go to Central Mass., occasionally but I'm fortunate that I can park in my brother's driveway.

There is so, so much to see in New England. I hope you are planning a 4 month trip to "try" and see everything. As you get into CT, or RI, the campgrounds become sparse, and those that are there are not to our standards. An example is Newport, RI. We took a car ride through all the rv parks, and the only one worth staying at in Newport was at "2nd Beach." However, 20 miles from Newport, and close to the Block Island Ferry, is a state park called, "Fisherman's State Park." We have suggested it to others and they have been pleased. I suggest it because Newport is full of history. The self guide tours of the Mansions is well worth the price.

Mass. has scattered CGs. Check the RV Park Reviews. NH and ME have plenty. Camping up there is very seasonal so they try to make the fortune during those months. Be prepared for some higher than normal camping.

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Conway, NH is nice.
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Gettysburg is a must in our books. Been there 3 times. Stay at Artillery Ridge RV Park.
Lots and lots of exciting things to do.
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In Maine consider the Owls Head transportation museum located in Owl's Head. Open to dry campers with a family membership to the museum, during events. Lots going on summer weekends with antique planes, cars and shows. Hike out to Owls Head lighthouse. It is near Rockland which has a great lobster festival weekend each summer an art museum featuring Wyeths', and don't miss the prison store in Thomaston.
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In New Hampshire try the White Mountains. (Franconia Notch, The Cog Railroad, Mt. Washington Auto Road, The Flume) There are a bunch of state and private campgrounds in this area, but you will need to reserve some sites now especially for the weekends.

In Vermont check out: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream plant tour and Cold Hollow Cider Mill near Stowe. The New England Maple Mus., VT. Marble Mus. and White Rocks Nat'l Rec Area all near Rutland.

Here are a few campground pix's:

Lake Dunmore Kampersville Private campground located between Rutland and Burlington VT. Has a nice pool area, bingo every night, water activities on Lake Dunmore. Very popular park, may get noisy on the weekends. The sites near the front of the campground are large and a little less noise. Need to reserve now for summer weekends.....

Half Moon State Park Located on the western side of VT about a half hour west of Rutland. All VT. State Parks do not have electric, but do have very clean shower houses, water and dump stations.

Goldbrook Campground Located about a mile from the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream plant tour near Stowe, it is about the only nice private GC in the area. The grassy sites are so lush you can lay down on the lawn and take a nap. We were there for 3 nights and the grass was cut twice while we were there this past Aug. There are 2-3 state parks in the area but Smugglers Notch SP is very tight/ small sites, Little River SP. is located about 20 minutes from Stowe, there are many nice large sites there, and Elmore SP. is about 20 minutes north of Stowe. so so sites.....

Lake St Catherine State Park is located on the western border of VT. 30 minutes west of Rutland. Nice large sites here.

Gifford Woods SP about 10 minutes east of Rutland. There are a few large sites, but not many.....Located on the AT. (Appalachian Trail) so you get to watch the thru-hikers stroll thru.
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Just starting to plan our summer 2011 trip. Three or four months to go up east coast and back inland. Other than Washington DC for a week and avoiding NY city, nothing planned. Any input appreciated.
You might want to consider the inland route going (I-81) and returning down the coast. The tolls are worse northbound than they are going south. Some of which run well over $20 for four axles.

I-81 will take you to the 1000 Islands region of NY, a very beautiful and affordable area for NY. You could then enter New England in the Bullington VT area. US-2 from there will take you through the White Mtns in NH and on to the Bangor area in ME. Several PA parks along the way.

In Hermon (next to Bangor) is a nice park called the Pumpkin Patch and they take Passport America

RV Park Reviews :: Hermon, Maine ( ME ) - RV Parks and Campground Reviews

It is a short drive to Bangor and about an hour or so out to the coast and Acadia NP. Baxter SP might be worth a visit while there. As others have posted, lots of things to see and do in New England.

Down along the mid-atlantic near Ocean City MD is Assateaque Island National Seashore and the wild horses that roam the island. From there head south over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, a trip in its own. There is a SP and CG at the north end of the CBBT. Then you have all the old wonderful southern cities along the Atlantic coast. Sounds like a great trip you have coming. Happy travels,


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