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I am doing a trip to the Northeast for 5-7 days in April. Looking to build a good itinerary with suggested places to see or eat at. The wives want to see lighthouses. I want to see historical places in addition to lighthouses. This is a very preliminary itinerary. Would appreciate your input. TIA

Boston MA
Concord MA
Kennebunkport ME
Portland ME
North Conway NH
Stowe, VT
Mystic CT
Newport RI
Cape Cod MA
Plymouth MA
Boston MA
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I am doing a trip to the Northeast for 5-7 days in April. Looking to build a good itinerary with suggested places to see or eat at. The wives want to see lighthouses. I want to see historical places in addition to lighthouses. This is a very preliminary itinerary. Would appreciate your input. TIA

Boston MA
Concord MA
Kennebunkport ME
Portland ME
North Conway NH
Stowe, VT
Mystic CT
Newport RI
Cape Cod MA
Plymouth MA
Boston MA
Sounds like a lot of driving...
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Boston’s not far from concord and Lexington. Cape is about 1.5 hr drove from Boston. May. It be much to see off season.
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Really nothing in CT - really - slogan should be "no place for tourists - just drive through." The rest of New England is awesome.

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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
I am doing a trip to the Northeast for 5-7 days in April. Looking to build a good itinerary with suggested places to see or eat at. The wives want to see lighthouses. I want to see historical places in addition to lighthouses. This is a very preliminary itinerary. Would appreciate your input. TIA

Boston MA
Concord MA
Kennebunkport ME
Portland ME
North Conway NH
Stowe, VT
Mystic CT
Newport RI
Cape Cod MA
Plymouth MA
Boston MA
Way too much driving...You need to skinny that list down a bit, and get forget about Stowe, VT; maybe even North Conway NH too. I would add Bedford MA, Portsmouth NH, and Gloucester MA.

Beantown should be base camp. That will afford you day trips to 75% of your list.

It will be fun planning. There's no shortage of lighthouses or history up here.
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Seeing you are coming from Florida I have to ask....Do you have to come in April?

It can still be brutally cold on the coast in April and in the tourist areas many shops/restaurants are closed for the season (not even considering Covid)

Most of the North east does not start to get over the "winter funk" until Mid-May but Good news is the crowds will be light and it will be easy to travel around.

If lighthouses are a goal think about taking a ferry to Block Island or Martha's Vineyard for a day, some gorgeous light houses and views out there.
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
I am doing a trip to the Northeast for 5-7 days in April. Looking to build a good itinerary with suggested places to see or eat at. The wives want to see lighthouses. I want to see historical places in addition to lighthouses. This is a very preliminary itinerary. Would appreciate your input. TIA

Boston MA
Concord MA
Kennebunkport ME
Portland ME
North Conway NH
Stowe, VT
Mystic CT
Newport RI
Cape Cod MA
Plymouth MA
Boston MA
All that in 5-7 days? Your nuts. As noted Boston as home base and day trip from there. You can cover all of boston, Newport, concord/Lexington, Plymouth. Forget Stowe and mystic,- useless.

Portland I get. But kennebunkport? Why?


Edit - just noticed the april time frame. You definitely want to aim for post memorial day

Oh and scratch Cape cod - really nothing out there except mass maritime and traffic and the cape league baseball which wont be playin .

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April - you are out of your mind. Maybe the worst month in New England. Cold, wet, muddy - late season snow up north is not unheard of. Unless 50 degrees and rain is what you are looking to find, I would stay put.
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If lighthouses and history is your thing, Maine has 65 lighthouses, the second most of any state and some really nice museums along the way.
I always recommend the Casco bay mail boat cruise, it's a ferry that delivers mail to all the islands in casco bay and there's some really nice scenery along the way.

If you stay in Boston you can take the Downeaster to southern Maine and rent a car from there.
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post
All that in 5-7 days? Your nuts. As noted Boston as home base and day trip from there. You can cover all of boston, Newport, concord/Lexington, Plymouth. Forget Stowe and mystic,- useless.

Portland I get. But kennebunkport? Why?


Edit - just noticed the april time frame. You definitely want to aim for post memorial day

Oh and scratch Cape cod - really nothing out there except mass maritime and traffic and the cape league baseball which wont be playin .
Have you seen the trompe-l’śil in the Whaling Church in Edgartown, ACK or Provincetown?

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Have you seen the trompe-l’śil in the Whaling Church in Edgartown, ACK or Provincetown?
yup
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I live in New Hampshire. If you are looking for a great scenic trip in the Northeast, April might be the worst month to do it. It is usually cold, wet and lots of mud from the snow melting.

on the flip side, if you are looking to get away to the northeast April could be the best month. You will most likely find the cheapest deals at hotels. As far as places to visit, North Conway NH is our favorite place to go. We live about an hour away and we go there several times Per year. It is great
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There is a chicken place in RI, huge, no menu, place food on your table as you sit down...can't recall name.....anybody?
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Really nothing in CT - really - slogan should be "no place for tourists - just drive through." The rest of New England is awesome.
or Connecticut is just like Massachusetts.... only dirtier.
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In North Conway (area) you have a number of great places to eat. Moat Mountain, Tuckersmans Tavern, The Sunrise Shack, Joseph's Spaghetti Shed,
Red Fox Bar And Grill, Wildcat Tavern. Lots of great places to eat

And yes, thats way too many places to try and see in a 5-7 day trip

If your going to North Conway you might as well drive another 22 miles and take a trip up Mt Washington if the weather is good
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Day trip to Rockport Ma and Glouchester, a Side trip to Salem (not just Witches history but great Maritime History) lighthouses (Thatchers Island), and good food. Much you can see from a car if the weather is bad. Also has the "Rocky Shores" of Maine without the long drive.
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That honestly isn’t much driving at all. The entire iitin is under 12 hour driving in a week which is not bad.

for Maine as noted it will likely be cold and raw but no crowds at all and plenty of lighthouses with like 6 within 30 minutes of Portland. Cheap hotels in town in April too; like $79 vs $300 per night! Great food and brews too.

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Rutland Vermont - Gill's Deli. Get the super hot Italian.

Boston - Noname Restaurant. Get broiled scallops.

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