East Coast: Maine, Vermont, Boston MA, Carolinas and Georgia
Replies: 66 - Last Post: Dec 20, 2012 7:47 AM Last Post By: helsinkisheps81
Oct 16, 2012 11:13 AM
15Haha that's a longer train ride from Atlanta than anticipated ;o)
Oct 16, 2012 11:24 AM
Btw, you do not need a car in xCharleston or xSavannah, except for some excursions (most plantations, etc.).
Oct 16, 2012 11:46 AM
17Where to go in New England will depend on the exact timing of your trip. Autumn foliage peaks in different areas at different times. Foliage may be great in southern NH and northern MA, and completely done with bare trees in VT. It's a timing thing.
You don't necessarily have to go to VT to experience great New England atmosphere and foliage. The whole region is like that.
Transportation options over to Burlington from Portland ME will be very limited. In contrast, sticking to the coastal areas (NH and further up in Maine) has good public transportation options connecting them, and back to Boston for onward flights (or a train to DC and beyond)
NFL schedules usually are released in mid-April
You will definitely need to rent a car for some portions of your trip. We can help you revise it to stick to places that don't need a car if that's what you want to do. There are lots of cool places you've missed. Consider including New Orleans in your itinerary instead of some of the places where a car is required. It's a great destination and you won't need a car. Stay in the French Quarter.
Oct 16, 2012 12:49 PM
18North Carolina + car will give you many more options. You should definitely see some local blue grass music and dancing (flatfooting being particularly entertaining). You can do this in the Raleigh-Durham area or better yet, in the western part of the state in one of the many small mountain towns. W. North Carolina offers fantastic hiking and fall foliage viewing if you time things right.
In September, it is still warm enough to swim in the ocean. I used to go to Emerald Isle (about 4 hours drive east from Durham on I-40), because it was accessible by car but not too crowded. There are even prettier beaches to visit if you take a ferry and are willing to pay more for food and accommodation (or you can day-trip).
Oct 16, 2012 1:11 PM
Oct 16, 2012 1:13 PM
Oct 16, 2012 2:49 PM
21Charleston & Savannah both lovely. Two days each, max, would do you. Once in each city there's no need for a car: very good places to stroll around.
Oct 16, 2012 2:52 PM
22If you want bluegrass btw, take a look at Asheville. Long way from the coast though. But it's a lovely college town in the mountains, nice restaurants plus bluegrass & old time jams in pubs. Cool student town; lovely art deco architecture. Again, worth a couple of days.
But now we're overloading your trip...
Oct 16, 2012 2:52 PM
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Oct 16, 2012 10:49 PM
25Geeg, Asheville sounds lovely, don't worry about the overloading, I am grateful for the suggestions :) think I may look into it and drop vermont.
Bazookaj, haha ok ok you win, I think im gonna hire a car - may have to brush up on my driving skills beforehand, I know most cars in US are automatic so that will make it easier....god help us. I'm glad you think to drop Vermont, although I loved the look of Woodstock, is there anywhere like that in Maine or ma?
Yofletch - thanks for the,warning, will check beforehand.
Oct 17, 2012 5:13 AM
Oct 17, 2012 5:17 AM
What I am saying is that some of the experiences you want require it. The "New England" experience you talk about is driving around the small towns and enjoying the foliage. You can't do really that on transit.
If you don't want to rent a car, bikes work well, though will be a bit more limited.
Btw, another dialect lesson:
In the US we "rent" things, like cars, and "hire" people. Asking to "hire a car" suggests you want a driver as well, e.g. a limo.
Oct 17, 2012 5:38 AM
28Thanks, bz. Missed that, obv.
I think you could reasonably manage something like this, OP: 4 nights in Boston. 2 in Portland. 2 at Acadia NP (I would rent a car in Portland for the park and return it to the Portland airport. Fly to Savannah. Rent a car. Two nights in Savannah. One in Beaufort. Two in Charleston. Return car and fly back from Savannah.
That's 13 nights. If you have another, add it to Charleston.
Oct 17, 2012 5:42 AM
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