I’d like to apologize ahead of time for the very long post. I just got back from the road trip this morning. Because of the weather conditions north of home we had to spend an extra night in a hotel and wait out the tornado that was approaching. It was the best trip I have ever been on though! I would do it again in a second. We left early Tuesday morning at 6am to get the most out of the trip. We packed a bunch of fruit and pastries so that we could snack and not spend too much money on breakfast. The plan for Day 1 was to leave Philadelpia and head up north along the coast line stopping in New Haven CT and Newport RI before getting to Boston for the night. We stopped in to see Yale in New Haven and the Newport Mansions in Newport.
Yale was beautiful. The buildings were so nice. We stopped by a small coffee house called the BruCafe walked around to see the campus of Yale. Our time was very limited in New Haven but we got to see some of the school.
We were surprised by the number of people around the town. It was a very nice day, sunny and warm yet when we went to “the green”, a nice park, which is what the man at the coffee house told us to see there really weren’t a lot of people out. We assumed because school was out the town may not be as busy. But when they weather gets like that in Philly, Rittenhouse Square gets packed with people laying out and tanning.
Nonetheless, it was beautiful and was really nice to see such a great campus. After New Haven we drove up to Newport and stopped for some lunch. Our main goal at Newport was to do the cliff walk but first we stopped at Yesterday’s for lunch. Their calm chowda was a little different then we were used to; it was a very thin broth but it was good. After that we did the cliff walk, which was really cool. Right along the coast they have a walkway that you can walk and some areas have paths that lead out to the rocks. Not quite sure if we were allowed to do that but we did and the views were amazing.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to do the whole walk, so we actually missed seeing the mansions on the walk but we did drive to them after the walk. We didn’t have time to do the tours either but we did get out to see them. This is the Breakers Mansion
After Newport, we drove up to Boston. My friends Aunt lives up in the city so we stayed there for the night and went out to dinner with them at a place called The Gallows. We left pretty early in the morning because we had a lot to accomplish that day.
The plan for Day 2 was to drive up to Portland ME along the coastline, spend the morning there and then head up and over to Vermont via route 302 and through the White Forest Mountains. The one thing I wanted to do on this trip was go on the Auto Road up Mt. Washington. We did and it was amazing. It was definitely the highlight of the trip.
The weather could have been better but it was pretty nonetheless. After the lighthouse we were determined to have some real New England Clam Chowda so we went to Gilbert’s Chowder House. I had some good chowder and an awesome lobster roll.
After leaving Maine we went to Mt. Washington. The drive up the mountain was a little scary at times but it was the best experience I’ve ever had. I definitely recommend making this drive. The view was amazing and pictures do not do the view justice.
The roads were very narrow at times.. with roads going straight to the edge of the cliff..
They had pull offs at times on the road so we pulled over and climbed down a bit of the mountain.
The views got better the further we went up.. obviously.
We finally made it to the top.
And just imagine, the pictures don’t do it justice.
Talk about being on top of the world. This picture is kinda funny because we are literally standing in front of this amazing view and what are my two friends doing.. they are both texting. But we were texting pictures and etc so I guess I can’t assume..
If you ever have the chance to do this I highly recommend it. It was amazing!
After Mt. Washington we drove through the rest of NH and VT and stayed the night in Burlington VT.
For Day 3 we had planned to go to Camal’s Hump in Huntington VT but we misjudged the distance and we realized we may not have the time so we decided to stop at Lake Placid in NY and we had a long day of driving so we figured we’d just stop wherever we wanted. Before we left for this trip I bought maps and planned the route on google maps but we ended up using our iPhones for directions. So on the way to NY we thought we were taking Ferry rd or Ferry Bridge or something and instead we ended up taking an actual ferry, very unexpected.
On the way we went on some really cool roads with some awesome views like this one.
For lake Placid, we didn’t really know where to stop so we asked the locals where the best place to view it was, we ending up finding a resort that had a dock and we were able to see the Lake really well. Again, not sure if we were allowed to be there but nobody stopped us.
Also in Lake Placid we got to pass by the Olympic training building which was kind of cool to see.
From there we drove and stopped in a little town to have lunch and continued on to Niagara Falls. We chose to stay in Canada, which I would not recommend. If you ever go I would recommend staying in NY but going to Canada to see the falls, there’s definitely a better view from there. The Canadian side is just very similar to AC. Most of the places to eat have a falls view its just a bit of a wait to sit there so we didn’t. This picture is a little dark but I didn’t want to blind everyone in the restaurant.
When we woke up in the morning it was raining. I was a little upset but it actually turned out okay because we got soaked anyway from the things we did. We went on the Maid of the Mist which takes you right into the falls. We didn’t bring our camera because we were afraid they would get wet but here is a boat we weren’t on.
Definitely recommend doing this if you ever go to see the Falls. We didn’t get as wet as we thought so if you do don’t be afraid to bring your camera. There were plenty of people who had brought their nice DSLR cameras. Like I said we did get soaked though but they give you ponchos which do their job. After that we went over to the NY side and did the Cave of the Winds. If you so anything do this. It was amazing! But again, beware, you will get wet. The whole thing is pretty cool but if the hurricane deck is not open which it isn’t sometimes, it might not be worth it. Although it is really cheap. But this is really awesome. Here we brought our phones for a camera, but if you do I might bring a bag to put it in because we got even more wet on the hurricane deck. You literally stand under the Falls.
It was amazing. From there we drove a little outside of Niagara Falls and had lunch at the Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. We had planned to drive straight home from there but we hit bad weather and had to stay the night in Lake Harmony and came home this morning.
I spent the day cleaning out my car, which was a mess and now I am extremely road trip sick. It was an amazing trip and I can’t wait to do something like this again.
I start my new job on Monday so it was nice to get something like this in before I become too busy to do anything like this again. I’m excited for my new job and also a little nervous. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I think that’s enough for now, hopefully with all these pictures I don’t have a problem uploading this post.