Having completed a road trip in 2018, we set about planning another long trip to take in some once in a lifetime places that had always been on our ‘bucket list’.
This trip included:
- We drove 4,300 miles in a Ford Explorer SUV
- Over 41 days
- 1,000 miles on two trains
- 12 States visited in USA
- 4 Provinces in Canada
- Boat trips in:
- New York
- Niagara Falls
- Thousand Islands St Lawrence River
- Ferry in Nova Scotia
We had taken the train from Chicago to Salt Lake city a few years earlier and followed this up with a car journey to San Francisco – so we had been across the States on land from Chicago to the Pacific Coast. We felt this time, we should start our trip on the Atlantic Coast in New York and took the Amtrak Lake Shore train to Chicago. From there we drove via Erie and the Lakes to the Niagara Falls and into Canada.
Our trip saw us drive from Niagara Falls into Canada, where we drove around parts of Lake Ontario to the thousand islands at Ganoque, to Stormont en route to Quebec. After a couple of days in Quebec we drove out to New Brunswick en route to Nova Scotia and the Cabot trail. Visiting more of Cape Breton we took in the highlights of Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Yarmouth before getting the ferry across the Bay of Fundy back to New Brunswisk, taking in Saint John and the charming towns of St Andrews and St Stephen before crossing back into USA at Calias, Maine.
Having driven back into USA, we started another epic drive to experience the New England states. Starting at Bar Harbour, we took in the Acadia National Park visiting the Cadillac Mountain and then across to the Mount Washington State Park in New Hampshire. From there we went to Wells River in Vermont before crossing back into New Hampshire en route to the historical city of Boston in Massachusetts. We then drove down the coast taking in familiar sounding names of: Plymouth, Provincetown, Cape Cod, Yarmouth and Newport in Rhode Island. Onto Mystic and New London, by the Thames River in Connecticut, we then drove away from the coast to Bear Mountain National State park in New York State, as we made our way back to New Jersey.
Check out the individual blog posts for more details of this journey and the wonderful places we visted.
As always, wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home!
Cheers for now