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Short Road Trip, Boston - Bangor - Waterbury, VT.

Short Road Trip, Boston - Bangor - Waterbury, VT.

Old Feb 3, 20, 8:52 am
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Short Road Trip, Boston - Bangor - Waterbury, VT.

Visiting in May and have around a week for US vacation. Landing in Boston and will be in Boston for 3 nights. After that renting a car and planning following itinerary:
  1. Boston to Bangor - Planning to take the NH-1 route to take in some views (https://goo.gl/maps/EuqcnC7eusCYgdbG9). Stay in Bangor overnight.
  2. Do the Acadia All American Road route, take in the sights. This will take 4-5 hours with some stops? Or would be take the full day? Stay in Bangor overnight.
  3. Leave for Waterbury. Stay in Waterbury and visit Ben & Jerry's factory (wifey loves ice cream).
  4. Will be leaving for Montreal from Waterbury next day - any good routes for this drive?

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Old Feb 3, 20, 10:19 am
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Sounds like a great trip. Lots of time driving, though. May - especially earlier in May, before Memorial Day weekend - is a great time to visit New England because the weather is starting to get nice and there isn't a lot of traffic outside of Boston itself. If you're going to be in Maine May 22-25, you might run into some crowds in certain places, but earlier than that you'll be fine.

Keep in mind that for many coastal areas of Maine, a lot of shops and restaurants are seasonal (summer only) and may not be open for business yet when you are there. So if there is something that is specifically on your itinerary to see/do, make sure it will be open during your travel dates.

I don't have any knowledge of # 2 or 4, so hopefully someone can chime in on those.

Have a great trip and make sure you report back here with how it went for you!
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Old Feb 4, 20, 2:09 am
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The Google maps recommended route from Bangor to Waterbury takes you right through Montpelier, Vermont, where I highly recommend a stop at Three Penny Taproom for lunch or dinner. Whoever's not driving might consider enjoying a Heady Topper, a great IPA with a cult following that's only available in Northern Vermont. (For the driver, you'll be able to find it in Waterbury and the environs as well). https://www.threepennytaproom.com/

Waterbury is a cute town (and Prohibition Pig is a good pub in town -- https://www.facebook.com/prohibitionpig/ ), but also consider exploring nearby Burlington and Stowe if you have time.
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Old Feb 5, 20, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by lo2e View Post
Sounds like a great trip. Lots of time driving, though. May - especially earlier in May, before Memorial Day weekend - is a great time to visit New England because the weather is starting to get nice and there isn't a lot of traffic outside of Boston itself. If you're going to be in Maine May 22-25, you might run into some crowds in certain places, but earlier than that you'll be fine.

Keep in mind that for many coastal areas of Maine, a lot of shops and restaurants are seasonal (summer only) and may not be open for business yet when you are there. So if there is something that is specifically on your itinerary to see/do, make sure it will be open during your travel dates.

I don't have any knowledge of # 2 or 4, so hopefully someone can chime in on those.

Have a great trip and make sure you report back here with how it went for you!
Thanks, this will be in 2nd week, 10th May onwards. Will avoid the Memorial day crowds!

Originally Posted by Blumie View Post
The Google maps recommended route from Bangor to Waterbury takes you right through Montpelier, Vermont, where I highly recommend a stop at Three Penny Taproom for lunch or dinner. Whoever's not driving might consider enjoying a Heady Topper, a great IPA with a cult following that's only available in Northern Vermont. (For the driver, you'll be able to find it in Waterbury and the environs as well). https://www.threepennytaproom.com/

Waterbury is a cute town (and Prohibition Pig is a good pub in town -- https://www.facebook.com/prohibitionpig/ ), but also consider exploring nearby Burlington and Stowe if you have time.
Awesome, thanks for the suggestions.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 9:19 pm
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If a cheese fan, the Cabot Creamery, between St. Johnsbury and Montpelier, is a great place to visit.
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Old Feb 12, 20, 1:25 am
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We are actually now thinking of staying in and around Bar Harbor, specifically some place with a new view of the ocean instead of Bangor. Any recommendations?
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Old Feb 13, 20, 10:59 am
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Bangor to Waterbury is going to be a long drive if you are not used to driving in the mountains or if there is inclement weather.
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Old Feb 13, 20, 11:04 am
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Originally Posted by rdurlabhji View Post
Bangor to Waterbury is going to be a long drive if you are not used to driving in the mountains or if there is inclement weather.
The trip is in May. Of course it's not unheard of to have snow in May, but it should be a beautiful time to do that drive. Mud season should be coming to an end, and the greenery should be popping.
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Old Feb 14, 20, 6:02 am
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Bangor to Waterbury is going to be a long drive if you are not used to driving in the mountains or if there is inclement weather.
I have driven through Smokey Mountains if that counts?
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Old Feb 15, 20, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by kumarshah View Post
We are actually now thinking of staying in and around Bar Harbor, specifically some place with a new view of the ocean instead of Bangor. Any recommendations?
Bar Harbor Inn is downtown and has great views. There is a shoreline path and you can walk to everything. I have also stayed at the Bluenose Inn. It is lovely but you will probably want to drive if you go downtown and traffic and parking can be difficult. In Northeast Harbor, there is the Asticou Inn.
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Old Feb 17, 20, 5:38 am
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Originally Posted by kumarshah View Post
We are actually now thinking of staying in and around Bar Harbor, specifically some place with a new view of the ocean instead of Bangor. Any recommendations?
If you don't have any plans to see anything on the drive up to Bar Harbor, consider flying there and renting a car there instead. It may give you more time for other activities. Cape Air (offseason) and Silver Airways (peak season) fly to Bar Harbor from Boston.
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Old Feb 18, 20, 3:33 am
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If you don't have any plans to see anything on the drive up to Bar Harbor, consider flying there and renting a car there instead. It may give you more time for other activities. Cape Air (offseason) and Silver Airways (peak season) fly to Bar Harbor from Boston.
Plan is to take Route 1. Flight is also expensive right now, almost 150$ more than the 5-6 hour car drive from Boston.
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Old Feb 18, 20, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by kumarshah View Post
I have driven through Smokey Mountains if that counts?
You'll probably be fine, barring a freak storm of some sort then.
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Old Feb 18, 20, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by rdurlabhji View Post
You'll probably be fine, barring a freak storm of some sort then.
It's not that complicated of a drive. The OP will be fine.
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