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Old 05-04-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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Niagara Fall/Buffalo to Arcadia NP/Bar Harbor

In July we will travel from Niagara Fall/Buffalo to Arcadia NP/Bar Harbor.
The computer gave me a route of I-90 to the Boston area and then various interstates up to Bar Harbor. Not a real fan of using interstates all the time. What routing would you suggest?
Time is not an issue. We are a retired couple.
Is there a Northern route? Most of the maps seem to show secondary routes in that area. Good for RV travel?
Scenery, some museums and parks, and quite time is the goal. Although not quite sure how much quite time we will find.
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Not sure how big a rig you've got for smaller, hillier roads, but why not stop in the Lake George area or further north in the Adirondacks, then under Lake Champlain or better yet, a ferry over to Burlington, Vermont (great SPs in Vt if you don't need hook-ups) Through NH and ME, watch out for moose!!!

Enjoy the chowda in Bah Hahbah!



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We went this route last year:



The exception to this map was a stay at a small campground in St. Martins, NB which was right on the Bay of Fundy. Amazing tides!

For planning, we simply used google maps. We entered our start point and end point, and then made minor changes as we went along. The entire drive was drama free. However, if you choose to go to St. Martins, NB; be prepared for some really tight roads, turns and steep (short) grades. It was fine and this stop was a major highlight of our trip.

We stayed at a "Harvest Host" in the Albany area, which was amazing, and decided to sleep over in a Cabelas lot near Portland, ME. This trip was for me, second only to our Alaska cruise. Just beautiful countryside and people all along the way.

FYI on the Boston to Bar Harbor portion regarding freeways. We wanted to get off the beaten path as well, but there just aren't many east-west roads on this stretch, with I-90 and the by-pass at Boston being the best choices for a large vehicle. -my opinion
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:34 AM   #4
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Instead of using I-90, you can take Route 2 East from western Mass to I-495. It's a slower ride, but beautiful scenery.
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I'd take the NYS Thruway to Albany, then I-87 to Lake George. Pick up Rt 149 just south of Lake George to Rt.4 to Rutland, VT. Continue across VT on Rt 4, then I-89 south to Concord, NH. Pick up Rt.4 again north of Concord to the NH seacoast. From there you can take I-90 north, or if you don't mind miles of tourist areas, take Rt. 1. There are some beautiful sections of coastal roads, for instance in Kennebunk, ME past the Bush compound (RVs aren't allowed to stop as the pulloff is small). You'll need reservations for campgrounds once you hit coastal Maine as its a popular destination, and many require multiple day stays. BTW, it's Acadia NP. ;-)

Another option is through the Lakes Region of NH- go north on 93 out of Concord and get off at Tilton and go northeast from there to North Conway and Fryeburg, ME. Then you'll end up winding your way to the coast as there is no major east-west road that far north. The NH Lakes Region and Conway area can get pretty crowded in the summer (Actually any of the tourist areas!).

It will be a beautiful trip. Good luck!

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[QUOTE=RogerRoll;3053864]Not sure how big a rig you've got for smaller, hillier roads, but why not stop in the Lake George area or further north in the Adirondacks, then under Lake Champlain or better yet, a ferry over to Burlington, Vermont (great SPs in Vt if you don't need hook-ups) Through NH and ME, watch out for moose!!!

Enjoy the chowda in Bah Hahbah!

X2....Although, on a motorcycle trip, we chose to travel through Adirondack Park and Lake Placid, then north of Lake Champlain. After Burlington, VT we picked up US 2 and on to Prince Edward Island...stopped at Bah Hahbah on the return. All beautiful scenery and avoids interstates for the most part.
We found a gem for breakfast west of Jefferson, NH called the Waterwheel Breakfast and Gift House, that's on my revisit list. It looked like an old barn on the outside, but the inside was beautiful, owners were friendly and the food was plentiful. I hope that hasn't changed.
Enjoy the trip and report back on your adventure.
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Have you settled on a route? I may be doing this in August/September.
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We are planning a trip from Niagara Falls to Bar Harbor in late September. The route I am looking at is Niagara Falls to Watertown, route 3 to Tupper Lake to Burlington then Highway 2 to Bar Harbor. Appreciate your thoughts on this.
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We are planning a trip from Niagara Falls to Bar Harbor in late September. The route I am looking at is Niagara Falls to Watertown, route 3 to Tupper Lake to Burlington then Highway 2 to Bar Harbor. Appreciate your thoughts on this.

Wow! You really like the slower-but-scenic country roads, eh!? Beautiful drive if you're in no hurry! Do you have a big rig? Will you be dry camping?
Near Tupper, we stayed at Rollins Pond SP once. I'm ready to go back!
There are a couple of ferry options to get to Burlington, VT. Otherwise you can go north or south to bridge cross Lake Champlain!
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Wow! You really like the slower-but-scenic country roads, eh!? Beautiful drive if you're in no hurry! Do you have a big rig? Will you be dry camping?
Near Tupper, we stayed at Rollins Pond SP once. I'm ready to go back!
There are a couple of ferry options to get to Burlington, VT. Otherwise you can go north or south to bridge cross Lake Champlain!
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We are a 37 ft Bounder towing a Chevrolet Colorado. We do not dry camp if we can avoid it. We are really not campers, we are travelers. How are the roads from Watertown to Tupper Lake to Burlington? I do not mind slow roads, don't care for rough bad roads. I have looked at the ferry options and will probably go that route, not sure which one yet. Thanks
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Haven't been between Watertown and Tupper but knowing there are ski hills in that area, I would check for winding, hilly roads. Try Google street view.
The ferry that brings you right into Burlington will take about an hour (including loading, ferrying, and unloading) Depending on water level you may have to unhook the toad. Driving up towards Rouses Point, NY then over the bridge to Alburg, VT will put you on the 2 heading towards Burlington and may take less time overall from Tupper Lake.
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