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.
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.
View of Plymouth Plantation from the top of the hill.
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 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.
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.
One of the cannons the Brittish were looking for at Concord.
Louisa May Alcott's home is on the road between Lexington and Concord.
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.
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.
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.
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.
231 miles per hour is well above a Category 5 huricanne.
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.