Northeast Road Trip

We visited 11 states in 11 days. We drove round trip from Baltimore (due to cheap flights on Southwest Airlines), and used Autoslash to save on our car rental. We visited Gettysburg, Hershey Park, the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, Cooperstown, Fort Ticonderoga, Burlington, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Portland, Plymouth, Cape Cod, Boston, Providence, Newport, Connecticut, New York, and Philadelphia. Click to see the itinerary below.

Tuesday 7/11

  • Leave FLL  8:25 AM Arrive to BWI 10:55AM
  • Rental Car – Dollar
  • Lunch at noon Ellicott City Manor Hill Tavern and Ice Cream Scoopahdeedoo
  • Drive to Gettysburg (1h 20m) – National Park (free entrance)
  • Maybe outlets if time?
  • Drive to Hershey Chocolate World (1h) – tour runs every 30 min
  • Dinner – Irv’s Pub 12m drive – (reservation) 7pm
  • Stay in Holiday Inn Express West Harrisonburg (booked FREE) 30m

Wed. 7/12

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hershey Park (bought) 30m $176 tickets, $15 parking  -10am-10pm
  • Second night at Holiday Inn

Thurs 7/13

  • Breakfast at the hotel – leave by 7
  • Drive to Ithaca – See Cornell University
  • Lunch – Ithaca Beer Company (3h 30m)
  • Drive to Taughannock Falls State Park (20m) $8 fee (Gorge Trail)
  • Damiani Cellars (27m)
  • Drive to Watkins Glen State Park (10m) $8 fee (Gorge Trail)
  • Drive to dinner (40m) – Kindred Fare reservation 7pm
  • Stay at Hyatt Regency (booked FREE) 50m

Fri. 7/14

  • Breakfast at Starbucks in hotel – leave by 8am
  • Drive to Niagara Falls (1h 30m)
  • Maid of the Mist ride (booked – printed)
  • Lunch – Third Street Retreat
  • Drive to Old Fort Niagara (30m) and see Lake Ontario
  • Drive to Lockport Cave Tour (30m) (booked 4:30pm)
  • Dinner – Tap and Mallet
  • Second Night Hyatt Regency

Sat. 7/15

  • Breakfast at Starbucks in hotel
  • Rochester museum of Play (booked – printed) opens at 10am
  • Lunch – The Gate House
  • Drive to Cooperstown (3h) visit Hall of Fame (booked- tickets by mail) closes 9pm
  • Dinner – Mel’s at 22 – 7:30pm
  • Drive 1h to Stay at Holiday Inn Johnstown (booked FREE)

Sun. 7/16

  • Leave by 7:30am
  • Drive to Fort Ticonderoga (2h) (booked) opens at 9:30am (10:40 family tour)
  • Drive to Burlington, VT (1h 20m)
  • Lunch – Farmhouse Tap and Grill
  • Drive to Ben and Jerry’s factory tour (20m) ($4 adults – buy there)
  • Optional – Drive to Sterling Pond Trail (1h)
  • Visit Cabot Cheese, Smuggler’s Notch Distillery, Champlain Chocolates – Waterbury
  • Dinner – Prohibition Pig or Blackback Pub
  • Stay in Fairfield Marriott Waterbury (booked FREE)

Mon 7/17

  • Breakfast at hotel leave by 7am
  • Drive to Augusta (4h) to have lunch – Tio Juan’s Margarita’s
  • Drive to Bar Harbor (2h) and check into Wonder View Inn (Expedia – $145 paid)
  • Hike –  Ocean Path Trail and Bar Harbor Trail low tide
  • Dinner – Side Street Cafe or Geddy’s
  • Sunset Cadillac Mountain 8:12

Tues 7/18

  • Start Hike at 8am – Bubble Rock Trail Hike to Jordan’s Pond
  • Lunch – Jordan’s Pond House or Charlotte’s Lobster Shack (Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse)
  • Drive to Portland (3h 15m) stop at Vineyard Vines Outlet in Freeport
  • Beer Tour at Allagash Brewery (4:30pm Tour)
  • Drive to Portland Head Lighthouse (15m)
  • Dinner – Nosh, Thirsty Pig
  • Drive 26 m to Holiday Inn Express Biddeford (booked FREE)

Wed. 7/19

  • Breakfast – drive 15m to Holy Donut (leave by 7:30)
  • Drive to North End area Boston 1h 30m – park and walk around
  • Lunch – Pauli’s (sandwich place and Mike’s Pastry)
  • Drive to Pilgrim Memorial State Park 45m – Plymouth Rock
  • Drive 40m to Falmouth, Cape Cod
  • Rent bikes from Corner Cycle $12 adults and $8
  • Drive 40m to Cape Cod Factory – closes at 5
  • Drive (1h 30m to Newport) – dinner Brick Alley Pub
  • Check in Courtyard Providence Warwick (FREE)

Thurs 7/20

  • Leave by 8am – Drive 11m to Knead Donuts in Providence, see waterfront area and Brown Univ
  • Drive 2h 50m to Wooden Spoon in New Rochelle for lunch
  • Drive 30m to Yankee Stadium then go to AirBnB on Upper East Side (paid $208)
  • Walk 15 min to Central Park
  • Walk south 15m to Top of the Rock $34 adults and $28 kids (print)
  • Walk 8 min. to Times Square
  • Dinner – Patzeria Family and Friends
  • Take subway back to AirBnB

Fri. 7/21

  • Breakfast – bagels
  • Drive to New Jersey Terminal Liberty State Park (be there by 8:00)  printed
  • 9am Statue of Liberty tour
  • Drive to Philadelphia (2h)
  • Stop in Staten Island for lunch – G-Knows Cheesesteaks
  • Smith Playground
  • Dinner with the Fergusons
  • Stay in Airbnb (paid $158)

Sat. 7/22

  • 9am – Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
  • US Mint Tour (free)
  • Lunch – Independence Beer Hall
  • Drive back to Baltimore – Stop at University of Delaware (50m drive) 1h 8m to go
  • Must leave Delaware by 3:30 pm
  • DInner at airport – Flight 6:40pm