Last year, I went on a long road trip, primarily to help my sister move in, in Quebec City. I used the opportunity to visit several states along the way, and Acadia National Park, which has very nice landscapes. I sorted my pictures below per area visited. It actually took me forever to sort through them, since I took them on three different cameras and they ended up all mixed up.

Going to Canada and back from Maryland took approximately two days each way. I traveled with my dog Sasha, who was still a cute puppy at the time. The camping parts of the trip were not so good, especially alone, but the rest was great!

Map of the trip

map trip Quebec + Acadia

 

Back country camping in New York State near Albany

I arrived at that camping late at night, which was not a very good idea. The roads are not lit and that small town was particularly dark. The town in question also did not have any fast-foods open at night. I settled in my tent with my dog.

The next day, after a not-so-nice night, we were attacked by an army of mosquitoes. So this whole camping thing in the New York State area was quite inconvenient, but we got through it and went on our way to Canada.

 

The “Chemin du Roy”, a scenic route along Saint Lawrence River, between Montreal and Quebec City

Chemin du Roy, Quebec

The “Chemin du Roy” (King’s Road) in Quebec can be found on the way from Montreal to Quebec City. Along Saint Lawrence River, as you get close to Quebec City, take Rd 138, which is the closest to the river. It has some nice views and a few landmarks. If I remember correctly, the radio has a tourism channel in that area that is pretty useful.

 

Chemin du Roy between QC and Montreal

 For those who have more time on their hands, see this list of the best scenic roads in Quebec on authentikcanada.com. The site is in French but all you really need is to check out the pictures and write down the road numbers, or run it through Google Translate for an approximate translation.

Quebec City

Except for the Walmarts and such, going to Quebec City was a lot like going back to Europe for me. They have for a large part the same kind of foods, buildings, shops and atmosphere. The University of Laval is interesting to see and is spread out over a very large area. The Parc des Champs-de-Bataille (Battlefields Park) and Montmorency Falls were definite highlights of the trip.

Something I was not able to do because we did not plan for it was get into the cable cars in Montmorency Falls. It does sound interesting though. We also missed their brunch. I do not know if it is good, but the location seemed great.

 

Great Lakes Area in New York State and Vermont

 The Great Lakes actually extends over much more territory than just the states of New York and Vermont. I drove through the far East end of that area, right after crossing the border from Canada. Traditionally, the Great Lakes States are considered to be only composed of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, but I did not get anywhere near those.

Great Lakes map

Great Lakes map (source: great-lakes.net)

The scenery was great though, as you can see on the pictures. It was well worth it and I would definitely rate it one of the most beautiful places in the USA! Now that I think of it, I do regret that I did not stop there for a longer time. I was there only for one night and was anxious to leave early enough in order to arrive in Acadia before nightfall. A little town at which I stopped also had the best breakfast bagels I have had in all of the USA.

This area has one of the worst cases of fog I have ever seen. It led to singular picturesque effects of the fog hanging above the lakes. It was actually to the point where I was forced to stop earlier than planned for the night because I could not see the road anymore.

 

Acadia National Park

I kept driving through Maine, picked up some good crab sandwiches on the side of the road and finally arrived at the peninsula that encloses Acadia National Park. The whole peninsula is very tourist-oriented so it is better to pick up supplies before driving there, which I fortunately did, enlightened by my previous experience at the camping near Albany.

Their campings are once again not that great. For once, the showers are available outside the camping, which was not so practical. They also do not have shops in their camping areas because they are not big enough, so you need to pick up ice and wood someplace else. It rains a lot over there (think of it as the Brittany of the USA). Booking a room in town is probably a much better idea than camping.

 

After all this, I still had to drive back home through half of the East Coast. I went through Portland, Dover, Portsmouth, Boston, Providence, New Haven, New York and Philadelphia, plus a ton of smaller cities. This whole trip led me through about ten states!

To finish on a funny note: while I was in Maine near Acadia, I saw the following sign. It makes it sound like they have only one computer available and they think the “Wifi” is strange and new so it needs to have quotes around it…

 

Careful with the "Wifi"

Glad I have some “Wifi” to post this.