Trip It: The Ultimate Roadmap for Your Northeastern Adventure

Two weeks to explore the Northeastern U.S. might feel like a lot of time, but with so many things to do you may be wondering where to start, or how to pack it all in. To make the most of your time prioritize the top destinations. Start with a trip to the ocean, see the mountains, and of course end at the beach! With our roadmap, planning your two-week adventure has never been easier.

Days 1-4: Bar Harbor, Maine

Where to Stay

What better way to start your vacation than to camp on the ocean? Imagine being able to wake up to a beautiful, panoramic ocean view, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. At Mt. Desert Narrows RV Resort you can park your RV or pitch a tent right on the water. While you may not want to leave Mt. Desert Narrows RV Resort, if you do you’ll find Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are a short drive away.

Local Attractions

Acadia National Park

Maine’s rugged coastline is beautiful and diverse. This popular birder destination is home to a variety of plants and animals as well as the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. At Acadia National Park you can hike amongst the mountain’s granite peaks, bike along it’s historic trails, or relax and enjoy the ocean scenery.

Historic Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor has been a popular destination for vacationers for over a hundred years, but although the area is well known, it’s not overrun with tourists, so it’s perfect for anyone looking for a quiet island escape. Although the pace is relaxed in Bar Harbor, there’s lots to do on this famous island, including Seaside Cinema nights and Taste of Bar Harbor pub and restaurant tours scheduled throughout the summer.

If you’re planning to visit over Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, then book early – these are popular times of celebration on the island.

Day 5: Explore Manchester, New Hampshire

Once you’ve explored the Bar Harbor area, we suggest that you make the eight-hour drive to the Adirondacks in New York State. Whether you start this trek in the morning or afternoon, consider stopping in Manchester, New Hampshire (which is 4.5 hours from Bar Harbour) for either lunch or dinner.

While in Manchester, you can check out a local brewery (Stark Brewing Company, Third Colony Brewery and Winery and Candia Road Brewing Company are popular choices), or if you prefer to add some culture to your trip consider stopping in at the Currier Museum of Art or catch a show at the Palace Theatre before driving the remaining 3.5 hours to New York state.

Days 6-10: Explore the Adirondacks in New York State

Where to Stay

The Adirondacks are a geographically expansive area, so it can be difficult to figure out where to focus your time. We recommend Lake George. Surrounded by the six million-acre Adirondack Park, it’s no surprise that Lake George Escape is one of the top RV parks and camping getaways in New York State.

Located just 15 minutes from the Village of Lake George and Saratoga Springs, the park offers guests a passenger bus to these popular nearby destinations so you don’t need to worry about how you’ll get around. That is, if you want to check out the nearby attractions! You may prefer to stay in the park where you can spend your days swimming, fishing, canoeing or hiking, and your evenings sharing memories and making new ones while watching holiday fireworks displays.

As you can imagine, Lake George Escapes is a popular destination, especially during the holidays so you’ll need to book in advance if you’re planning to go over a long weekend. But if you want to explore the area and haven’t pre-booked your trip, try nearby Lake George Schroon Valley Resort. Here, you’ll have access to a full scope of camping options including RV sites, cabins and tent camping.

Located directly on the Schroon River, and nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks, Lake George Schroon Valley Resort is popular for its river pursuits including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and fishing.

Local Attractions  

No matter which park you choose to visit, we suggest taking a few days to explore these nearby attractions:

Adirondack Park

Designated in 1892 by the State of New York, Adirondack Park is a diverse mountain landscape that is home to waterways, forests and huge mountains. New York State owns 2.6 million acres of the park, making the region the largest publicly protected area in the United States.

Over 50 species of mammals live in the Adirondack Mountains, including moose, black bears, beavers, star-nosed moles, red and gray fox, bobcats, and river otters. If you love nature, then plan to spend some time here!

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is a bustling area with golf, horseback riding, and even hot air balloon rides! You’ll find amazing shopping, spas, dining and more here. If you love to watch horse racing, polo matches, or want to check out a farmer’s market, local winery or even a craft brewery then take a day or two to explore this area – there are plenty of fun activities to keep you busy at Saratoga Springs.

Days 10-14: Hit the Beach

If you’re looking for a drop dead gorgeous beach then Pulaski, New York is the place for you. Just a 3.5-hour drive from the Lake George area, Pulaski is located on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, which means you won’t have to travel south to experience a relaxing beach vacation!  

Stay at Brennan Beach RV Resort and you’ll have the unique experience of beach camping in New York where you can soak up the sun on the white, sandy shores or go for a refreshing swim. The sunsets here are one-of-a-kind. In fact, this RV park is so popular that during the peak months of July and August Brennan Beach RV Resort bookings are for a minimum of one week (so depending on when you’re traveling you may want to plan to extend your stay here and reduce your time elsewhere).

Whether you choose to follow this itinerary, or create one of your own, if you’re looking for tips about where and when to visit the Northeastern states, give our customer service team a call at 1-877-570-2267. They know all the ins-and-outs of the Northeastern United States and can give you the insider details and perspectives that will make your trip a memorable one.

Northeast: Scenic Views & Lots To Do for RV’ers

After spending the winter months bathed in warmth, make an adventure out of your journey home. The Northeast region of the United States, specifically New York State and New England, boast incredible natural beauty, scenic tours, unusual experiences, and mouthwatering local cuisine.

Lake George Escape

With Lake George Escape as your homebase, you can get out and explore all that New York State has to offer. You’ll find it between Albany, New York and the US/Canada border in the beautiful Adirondacks. Come and relax in this 178-acre resort with two beautiful heated pools, tennis courts and a playground.

Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit. You’ll be surrounded by plush woods meadows and easy access to the Schroon River. Further out is the six million acre Adirondack Park. In the warmer months you can fish, swim and tube on the river. The park has canoes and kayaks for rent so you can spend your days exploring the river. Should you have family that wants to visit, or if you’ve left your RV down south, not to worry. Lake George has tenting and cozy cabins for rent.

Nearby Attractions

When you do decide to leave this natural paradise it’s an easy connect to I-87. Nearby attractions include the Lake George Village, Six Flags, Saratoga Springs and more. Lake George Village has shopping, live music, spas, salons, as well as theatres and museums.

Saratoga springs is a short drive from the RV Park. There’s great dining, shopping, golf, arts and entertainment. Hungry? You won’t be bored with the dining options here. Choose from a French, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Indian, Asian and American Fare.

Six Flags – Great Escape, opens in mid-May and offers you the chance to ride a Canadian and American treasure: The Comet. It was originally built in 1948 at Crystal Beach in Ontario. It was preserved after the park closed and Great Escapes Six Flags moved it to Lake George in 1994.

Spectacular Views

Incredible visual experiences abound when you explore the area by ground, water, and air. Climb aboard a passenger rail train at Saratoga North Creek Railway and experience breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains. You’ll ride in comfort along the Hudson River, through friendly towns and breathtaking scenery.

For an expansive aerial view of the state, step into the basket of a hot air balloon. Imagine soaring with the birds above cities, mountains, and lakes. Speaking of lakes, there are several boat tours available, including the exciting opportunity to ride one of the last remaining steam paddle wheelers in America. Or, for something a bit more unusual, visit a wax museum or give yourself a good fright at a haunted house.

Bar Harbor

From Lake George, drive west towards the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a four-hour drive to Moody Beach on the southeast coast, just minutes from the shores of Ogunquit Beach. Watch whales, deep sea fish, shop hike or taste your way around town at the many seafood eateries.

Drive north-east about three hours and you’ll find yourself in Bar Harbor. There are three great RV parks in this area: Mt. Desert Narrows, Patten Pond, and Narrows Too. All are within minutes of the ocean and offer tons of resort amenities.

At Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and get your camera ready to witness majestic Humpback whales slapping their massive tails against the water. You could also visit historical Bass Harbor Head Light. Built in 1858, this fully functional lighthouse strikes quite the pose as it stands watch over Blue Hill Bay.

Foodie Favorite

Is your tummy grumbling? Embark upon a Maine Foodie Tour! There are several delicious options, including the Savor Bar Harbor Culinary Walking Tour. This fun little excursion takes you to restaurants, pubs, and eclectic shops where you’ll find gourmet ingredients. To quench your thirst, join the Happy 2-Hour Tour and enjoy locally crafted beer, cocktails, and appies!

Acadia National Park
The jewel of the area is Acadia National Park, filled with glacier carved mountains and evergreen forests. You’ll find delightful surprises such as historical Jordan Pond House, where you can savor creamy lobster stew and homemade ice cream. Or, just before high tide, witness an explosion of water at Thunder Hole. Be sure to bring your binoculars for hawk watching at Cadillac Mountain. And when it’s time to relax, pamper yourself at Eden Spa.

No matter which resort you stay at and which unique and exhilarating experiences you choose to enjoy, the Northeast Region makes for a memorable experience.

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