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Old 06-19-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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The DW and I are planning a trip from western NC to the Bar Harbor Me. area, leaving early September. Having never been further North than Virginia, we really don't know what areas to see and which ones to avoid. We're hopeing some of our fellow RVers on here may offer suggestions on routes, attractions to see, campgrounds, and restaurants along the way.

We want to take the most scenic routes without getting too far off the beaten path. We have no specific timetable and will be able to spend extra time in areas that appeal to us. Any comments regarding weather issues or campground closings that time of year would be great. We'll be traveling in a 5th wheel. Thanks
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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Can't recommend a route - we come up to Maine and avoid the coastal route only because we stay up here for 5 months and do our sight seeing then. We work kamp at the Augusta Gardiner KOA - I can tell you many of the camp grounds start closing around the 15th of October.
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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I would take 81 north to 84 west , 90 east ( mass pike ) to route 290 east , 495 north to 95 north to Maine not a bad drive.

Dont go 95 way to much traffic to have fun.

Maine is a big state what part are you going to.

Maybe I can help with a nice campground I spend a lot of time in Maine traveling with my MH.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:19 PM   #4
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fonz46,

I live in Northeast PA and suggest after Harrisburg, Pa that you take I-78 East and then after Bethlehem, Pa take SR 33 NORTH to I-80 WEST. At top of hill stay in right lane and take I-380 NORTH and then 1-84 East towards New York.
From Harrisburg, PA to I-84 East to PA/NY state line, my route will take you on the least hilly route and will expose you to the most truck stops/gas stations/dining places.
On I-78 East @ exit 29 is Cabelas. Take SR61 (North) for 1/2 m ile on left. Lots of camping/hiking stuff and breakfast/lunch/dinner. They have parking for RVs and dump station and I boondock there when I go North to South or vice versa. At same exit is Wendys and Cracker Barrel. At exit 8 on I-380 North for Gouldsboro, Pa is a brand new minimart gas station with room for a 5'er to get in for gas.
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We stayed in Stroudsburg, PA for a month and enjoyed the fishing, great flea markets, quaint downtown area, lots of great hiking, kayaking, rafting and bike trails. There's an RV park, Pocono Vacation Park, that has open rows for RV's. It's not the prettiest park in the world, but on the temporary side, it wasn't bad and the showers were clean. We were out there pretty much by ourselves through the week. Got a little busy on the weekends. It was only $380 for the month, $190 for a week - which is cheap in that area. We loved the casino "Mt. Airy", and there are tons of great diners and restaurants in the city. We went to Woodstock, New York as well and stayed at the state park there . . . beautiful forrest, quiet setting, clean facilities, but no hook ups and no cell phone service in the park. One of the prettiest areas I've seen so far. The other folks' directions sound good - but we got off of 95 as soon as we got into Maine and drove Hwy. 1 through all the charming towns . . . . and we were looking to Boondock, so if you are interested in that as well, I'll be happy to post the Boondocking locations that we found - that way you don't have to worry about when the RV parks close.
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GraciesMom,

When you were at Mt Airy Casino you were about about 10 miles from my house or it will be my house for about another (30) days. After it sells we go from extended timers to full timers stopping only to come back east for about 30 days to sponge off mother-in-law in CT and (2) weeks with daughter in MD.
Notheast PA is nice in Oct with the leaves but other than that it is being ruined by the city scum from NYC and cities of New Jersey. My brother who is code enforcement officer in Western PA couldn't believe how clean the roadsides were when he visited in 1991 when we bought the house. Now the city scum use it as their private garbage dump.
We will be spending Sept-Apr out west spending about a month each at the military base RV parks in MT/SD/ND/ID/UT/AZ/NV and Texas. Then Apr-Aug back east. We have been vacationing out west since 1999 and are big National Park fans and do a lot of mountain/desert hiking.
If you ever get back this way again spend some time in Pa Dutch areas of Lancaster.

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