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We made this trip in August which tends to be dry in the Northeast. This is a good trip for kids who are a little older and know some American history. Also, Mt. Washington would be a little too much for little ones. It was a good one to fit between the two trips out west. Our kids were 10, 11, 12, 13 and 17 for the New England trip.

 

The Statue of Liberty

I bought our tickets on line in February for an August trip. There was an option to spend an extra $7 per person for a "Crown Ticket". Wow! There were hundreds of people standing in line in the heat to get inspected before climbing onto the pedestal of the statue. We were checked out in a small building and led like VIPs right past everybody else and into the stairell to the crown. We had the crown to ourselves for about 20 minutes with just one park ranger to keep an eye on us and answer questions. What a deal! See if you can do the same! Planning ahead has helped us so much.



 

Ellis Island





 

West Point





 

Hyde Park





 

Mystic Seaport





 

Cape Code





 

Battleship Cove





 

Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower



The Mayflower
The Mayflower

 

Plymouth Plantation


View of Plymouth Plantation from the top of the hill.
View of Plymouth Plantation from the top of the hill.
Very nice pilgrim girls telling us about life at the plantation.
Very nice pilgrim girls telling us about life at the plantation.
This guy explained how in the first year, the land was held in community and everybody shared the work and the harvest and the whole colony almost starved becaused nobody did anything.  The next year, each family got a piece of land to work for themselves and they were able to keep their excess and they had a rich bounty and everybody did well. Imagine that.
This guy explained how in the first year, the land was held in community and everybody shared the work and the harvest and the whole colony almost starved becaused nobody did anything. The next year, each family got a piece of land to work for themselves and they were able to keep their excess and they had a rich bounty and everybody did well. Imagine that.

 

The Freedom Trail Boston


This was our tour guide.  You may have seen him on the History Channel.  He works as the character James Otis who was a real patriot.  In the story Jonny Tremain, he was the one who gave the speach about why we should fight.  He argued that the British were not all that bad, but we were fighting for something more important to the whole world.  We were fighting "so that a man can stand up." <br>He is seen here next to the grave of James Otis.
This was our tour guide. You may have seen him on the History Channel. He works as the character James Otis who was a real patriot. In the story Jonny Tremain, he was the one who gave the speach about why we should fight. He argued that the British were not all that bad, but we were fighting for something more important to the whole world. We were fighting "so that a man can stand up."
He is seen here next to the grave of James Otis.
Paul Revere
Paul Revere's grave.
Sam Adams
Sam Adams' grave.

 

The USS Constitution

The USS Constitution is actually sort of the the grand finale to the Freedom Trail. Make sure you leave your pocket knife in your car or they will take it from you and they won't give it back.



 

Lexington and Concord National Park

Home base for Lexinton and Concord was the campground on Cape Anne. The story of Lexington and Concord very much mirrors what happened with the Mexicans and the Texans in Gonzoles just before the Alamo.
North Bridge in Lexington where the American Colonists first drew Brittish blood.
North Bridge in Lexington where the American Colonists first drew Brittish blood.
One of the cannons the Brittish were looking for at Concord.
One of the cannons the Brittish were looking for at Concord.
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott's home is on the road between Lexington and Concord.

 

Cape Anne

Cape Anne is just north of Boston. The beach here is beautiful with terrific rocks and tide pools. We drove from the campground south of Boston in the morning, pitched camp and had plenty of time for a relaxing day at the beach. Cape Anne was our home base for Lexington and Concord, Gloucester (pronouced "Gloustah") and Salem.



 

Salem, MA

There are plenty of witchy things to do in Salem if that interest you. We passed on that and focused on the history. We toured Salem in the morning and Gloucester in the afternoon.
Custom House as seen from the a ship in the harbor.
Custom House as seen from the a ship in the harbor.
Custom House where Nathanial Hawthorn wrote the Scarlet Letter.
Custom House where Nathanial Hawthorn wrote the Scarlet Letter.
Ships maintained by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in the harbor across the street from the Custom house.  You can tour these.
Ships maintained by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in the harbor across the street from the Custom house. You can tour these.

 

Gloucester, Pronounced "Gloustah".

We toured Salem in the morning and Gloucester in the afternoon.
The Gloucester Fisherman
The Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial.
There is a plaque with all of the names of the fishermen lost at sea.  You will remember these guys from "The Perfect Storm".
There is a plaque with all of the names of the fishermen lost at sea. You will remember these guys from "The Perfect Storm".
We got lucky and hit the local beach while the stripers and blues were running.  This is a blue fish.
We got lucky and hit the local beach while the stripers and blues were running. This is a blue fish.

 

Acadia National Park - Schoodic Point

Schoodic Point is much less visited than Mount Desert Island where Bar Harbor is. I think it was much prettier than the main part of the park. They say that the waves can put on quite a show here. The wind wasn't blowing very hard when we visited. We managed to visit Schoodic point in the afternoon after driving north from Cape Anne and pitching camp.


On the drive back from Schoodic Point.
On the drive back from Schoodic Point.

 

Acadia National Park - Mount Desert Island

Some people like to go to Bar Harbor for shopping and dining. That's not our thing. We climbed Cadilac Mountain and walked along the trail on the rocky shoreline. You can also bike along the old carriage roads here as well.
View from the top of Cadilac Mountain.
View from the top of Cadilac Mountain.
Walking the trail along the shoreline.
Walking the trail along the shoreline.

 

The Bay of Fundy - Tidal Bore Moncton, New Brunswick


Here it comes.
Here it comes.
Here it is.
Here it is.
There it goes.
There it goes.

 

The Bay of Fundy - Flower Pot Rocks





 

Mount Washington

This was a fantasic experience. The trip down was harder than the trip up. You should start around sunrise to back before sunset. We did this in August and we had a couple of hours to spare. We hiked the Tuckerman Ravine trail. It was challenging but doable. There were a couple of bathroom stops on the way. There is a visitor's center at the top with bathrooms, food concessions and some exhibits.
Above the treeline, almost to the top.
Above the treeline, almost to the top.
231 miles per hour is well above a Category 5 huricanne.
231 miles per hour is well above a Category 5 huricanne.

 

Franconia Notch, NH

This was near the Mt. Washington. We visited for about 2 hours in the mornning before driving to the Adirondacks and Ft. Tyconderoga. It was worth the time and a couple of bucks.



 

Lake Champlaign





 

Fort Tyconderoga





 

Hurricaine Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains

This was low hanging fruit. We hiked Hurricane Mountain the day after visiting Ticonderoga in the morning before driving to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY for dinner and then home to Pittsburgh. This was a very beautiful hike and it only took about 2 hours.

Old fire tower, no longer used.
Old fire tower, no longer used.

 

The Anchor Bar Buffalo

This is where they invented the Buffalo Wing. One cannot underestimate the importance of this accidental discovery. The sauce is really good here too.

It was really crowded on a Saturday night so we had to stand in line for a little while.
It was really crowded on a Saturday night so we had to stand in line for a little while.

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