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Old 02-16-2017, 09:13 AM   #1
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North Carolina to Maine Route suggestions

I apologize if there's similar thread regarding this, I searched and didn't find one.

We are leaving North Carolina around May 1st with a destination of Arcadia National Park for the 4th of July. Does anyone have suggestions for a route and any other tips? Thank you.
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when we did this trip we went up 95, 270 around DC, 15 up to Harrisburg, 78 to Allentown, up 476 to 81, then 84, 87 up to 90(Mass Pike), around Boston then back onto 95. Enjoyed missing most of the traffic and found nice campgrounds along the way. 81 from Harrisburg North was under construction so that is why we diverted over to Allentown.

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Post your starting point in NC. That will greatly effect the comments
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We will be visiting several family members in various places in NC and not sure of the final arrangements to determine "lift off" for Maine.
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There is a significant difference between the 81 and 95 route. It will pay you to look at a map and plan your time in NC.
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Living in NC, I completely agree. NC is a huge State and your route will be mostly different, depending on where you start. I do suggest that you simply avoid the major metro areas like DC, NYC, Boston. That is why we went up to Harrisburg, up to Wilkes-Barre and over. I did 270 around DC just after the morning rush and it was not bad at all, but any road in the DC area can be slow or a mess just before and just after work hours.
I try not to drive more than 250-270 miles per day and we planned campgrounds, there and back, all but two nights. We used a Courtesy Parking one night and we used a Cracker Barrel lot another night.

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Old 02-16-2017, 01:04 PM   #8
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If you have the time, a short (couple of days) stop near Rockport, Maine is a nice idea. There is a very nice little private campground called Camden Hills that is near there and lovely. It's small, but there are lots of nice trees and a nice pool to swim in. We stayed there on our way to Arcadia.

Also, you can take a day trip from Arcadia to Campobello, which was FDRs summer home. It's on an island that is actually in Canada, so have your passports. There is almost NOTHING else on the island worth seeing, however. There is a lighthouse, but that's about it. The trip was long enough that we took the dogs with us, but there was no problem getting in and out. We just had to go on separate tours since one of us had to stay with the dogs.

It's a good idea to skirt around Boston, either on 95 or 495. It's not fun driving through even without towing something. I live here and I avoid it when I can!
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If you have time Lake Willoughby in the Northeast Kingdom of Vt is beautiful. A glacier made lake that is approx 400' deep and crystal clear with great sandy beaches at both ends of the lake. There are two campgrounds Willowood and White Caps Campground. We are seasonal at White Caps and the front row transient sites look directly at the lake although across the street from the water. Whitecapscamgground.com Hope to see ya at the lake. Lee
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We did this trip 4 years ago this summer. Up through PA, NY, avoiding NY city and traffic at all cost. Agree with " nickoftime ", Lake Willoughby is a beautiful place to stop. We were ther 4 days and hated to leave. Then on through NH and into Maine. The Morrings Camp in Belfast, ME was also a memorable stay!
A 3 week trip and it was beautiful!
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Echoing comments to stay well west of DC and NYC. I-81 is great if you can plan your NC visits to wind NW toward I-81.

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I apologize if there's similar thread regarding this, I searched and didn't find one.

We are leaving North Carolina around May 1st with a destination of Arcadia National Park for the 4th of July. Does anyone have suggestions for a route and any other tips? Thank you.
Just realizing that you seem to be planning on taking 2 months to go about 1,000 miles, which is a relatively long time, thus allowing plenty of interesting camping and sightseeing opportunities!

Given that the warmth of springtime will take its time going north, I would consider lingering as you meander north. It will still be pretty cold in the Appalachians, but schools will not be out for summer yet, so campgrounds will be easy to roll into without reservations needed in some instances. The I-81 route will support this western approach to going north.

On the other hand, again with schools still in session, you could stay close to the Atlantic Ocean, by going up The Eastern Shore via Norfolk VA, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel, and the Lewes DE to Cape May NJ ferry, for a spectacular Eastern Seaboard approach to the north. Once in NJ you could head NW to skirt the NYC area.

There are threads for each of these routes, so I will look for them next.

Have fun!

Peter

PS -- Here are the search results for "Lewes Cape May ferry" which will lead to many threads about going N/S from the mid-Atlantic area to the north:

https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=011403...rry&gsc.page=1

And for "I-81" --

https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=011403...I-81&gsc.sort=
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We spent some time around Acadia last Sept. Our base was The Bar Harbor CG which was great but they don't take reservation. I'm guessing the 4th of July will be a bit crazy there.
The quieter side of Acadia is called Schoodic Woods and it has a very new NP CG if you want to get away from the crowds. Also check out Southwest Harbor for a quieter side of life.
Ditto to the trip to Campobello if you're a history buff.
So much to see and do up there. We love it.
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Yeah, I should have mentioned that we were up there after Labor Day and it was almost as crowded as most destinations are during the season. Once we got away from Acadia and Bar Harbor, the crowds were diminished. Locals told us that July and August are very busy, their tourist lifeblood.
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