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We made this trip a few years ago. In the late summer of 2012, we were on our way to the USA. We started our tour from Boston with the rental car and drove on the east coast to the north. There we visited the Acadia National Park. We then traveled to Canada, spent the night in Montréal and then drove via Ottawa to the Algonquin Provincial Park. From there we went on to Toronto and past the Niagara Falls to the USA. Through the Amish Country in Pennsylvania we went on to Washington DC. Afterwards we drove over Philadelphia to New York and finally back to Boston.
Start of the trip in Boston
We spent the first two days of our holiday in Boston. If you are in the city, you should definitely do the Freedom Trail. The path is marked with red pavement on the sidewalks and leads you from one sight to the next. So you can walk the most important places in Boston. On the second day we visited the famous elite university Harvard. The campus is open to the public and you can feel the students’ flair in the green parks between the university buildings.
The Tour along the coast fo New England
Then we went north along the beautiful coast of New England. We have crossed many picturesque places like Rockport in Maine, one of the typical coastal cities in New England. On the coastal roads you always have beautiful views of the coast and the sea. Among other things, we happened to pass a weekend fair and stopped to see the salesstands of different artists and tasted local specialties.
Hiking in the Acadia National Park
After about 450 km and about 4.5 hours in the car, we reached one of the highlights of our trip: the Acadia National Park, a beautiful park with great hiking trails in a stunning nature right on the coast. We spent a few nights there at a campsite and explored many hiking trails. The trails lead partly through forests, over mountains, but also directly to beaches and the coast. You should definitely visit the Acadia National Park, when you are in Maine!
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Montréal and the Mount Royal
Then we drove another 530 km and 6.5 hours and reached another highlight of our trip: Montréal. A really nice city with quite a European flair! A visit is absolutely recommended. We spent two nights in a nice hotel. During the day, as usual, we explored the city on foot and climbed the Mont Royal, a 233-meter high mountain in the middle of the city. The mountain is like a large park in center of the city. Up on the mountain you have a wonderful view over the city. The walk to the mountain should not be missed during a visit to Montréal!
Ottawa, the capital of Canada
Then we went to the capital of Canada, Ottawa. We made a little day trip and explored the government quarter. The Parliament of Canada is a beautiful building in the style of a huge castle. Ottawa is definitely worth a visit.
Hiking, camping and canoeing in the Algonquin Provincial Park
Then we went to Algonquin Provincial Park. This time we were really lucky and got a campground in the middle of the park, right on a lake. From there we explored the hiking trails of the park. One day we made a canoe trip, which was really quiet and peaceful.
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After the Algonquin Provincial Park we made our way to Toronto, where we spent two nights. Toronto is also a really beautiful city. Probably the most American city in Canada. It is much larger than Ottawa or Montréal, but has a very special flair by the location at Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is one of the three Great Lakes and feels more like an ocean than a lake. Toronto has its own harbor and several beaches. A must see is, of course, the CN Tower. A visit to the viewing platform is absolutely worthwhile!
The Niagara Falls and the Amish Country Pennsylvania
Not far from Toronto, on the border from Canada to the USA are the Niagara Falls. An absolute spectacle. The areas around the falls are unfortunately built with parking lots, hotels, casinos and tourist areas. The waterfalls themselves are just impressive. From the Niagara Falls, we set off for my family to Maryland. We drove through the state of Pennsylvania. Many Amish people there still live a very traditional and religious life. They refuse to progress and therefore, as often seen, still ride on horseback on the streets.
Washington, Philadelphia, New York and back to Boston
Arriving in Maryland, we relaxed for a couple of days with the family and made day trips to Washington D.C. and Baltimore. A few days later we set off again. This time the goal was New York. On the way we stopped in Philadelphia. After three days in New York, we set off for Boston and flew back to Dusseldorf.
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Travel time: August to September
Duration: 4 weeks
Distance: 3.270 km
Budget: ca. 2.700 € per person
Rating: 5/5 points
Here you can follow the route with Google Maps:
This round trip is a very good trip with one highlight following the next. Both the overall length as well as the distances of the individual stages are very moderate for North American conditions. The round trip also makes the car hire very affordable, since no expensive one way fees are incurred. The tour is absolutely recommendable!
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