I haven’t forgotten: I promised to put up a post giving an overview over our trip at the US east coast. So here it comes:
We had full three weeks altogether. As my friend Anne had invited us to her wedding close to Washington D.C., our first destination was set.
We flew to the capital and drove to Berryville, Virginia. The wedding was unbelievably beautiful. It was held at Rosemont Manor, a really magical place.
The day after the wedding we drove from Virginia to the Catskill Mountains in New York – a veeeeery looooooooong drive.
We stayed in the Catskills for two nights and did several hikes. One surrounding a lake…
…another one leading to a lookout:
We left the Catskill Mountains in order to drive to Vermont – and it was totally worth it! We visited two beautiful town: Newfane and Manchester. Newfane offers cute white houses and a lovely white church.
Manchester is equally stunning but offers one very special “attraction”: marble sidewalks!
And of course we saw some covered bridges:
Our next stop was Rutland, close to the Green Mountains. We spend two days in the area but didn’t end up hiking in the Green Mountains but in the Half Moon Pond State Park. As we were there after the season, we had the whole park for ourselves.
From the Green Mountains we drove to the White Mountains. But we didn’t take any route, we drove down the Kanc (Kancamagus Highway). We stopped several times to do some small hikes.
We stayed in North Conway which isn’t a town you need to visit – however, we were lucky that we had chosen this place: It was raining on the second day but that didn’t matter to us because there is a huge shopping outlet in North Conway so we had something to do 😉
What followed was one of the highlights on our trip: We drove to beautiful Acadia National Park. Acadia is a very small National Park but offers great hiking trails with stunning views. We climbed St. Sauveur and Acadia Mountain…
…visited Bar Harbor…
…climbed Gorham Mountain…
…and did many more great things. Acadia is really an awesome National Park and you can easily spend a whole week there, not only three nights as we did.
We left Acadia and drove down south, following the coast. Our first stop was the lovely little town of Camden where we had a yummy lobster roll.
But passing Camden is not only a great idea because of itself, but also because of Camden Hills State Park and Mount Battie!
We also stopped in Ogunquit where we walked along the coast, following the Marginal Way.
And – of course – we had to visit Salem and the Witch Museum.
After this two-day drive from Acadia National Park, we arrived in Boston. What can I say, this IS a great city. We only had one day but you could definitely spend more time here.
Due to the lack of time, we decided to mainly follow the famous “Boston Freedom Trail” which leads through the city center and passes the most interesting buildings and places.
We left the trail in order to see where the Boston Tea Party took place…
…and to walk through the lovely park:
Between Boston and New York City lies Cape Cod. And that’s where we went next. We quickly stopped at Plymouth to see the replica of the Mayflower and arrived at our motel on Cape Cod around noon. We used the rest of the day to go to Chatham Beach,…
…to hike Fort Hill Trail…
…and to walk on Buttonbush Trail:
We started our second day on Cape Cod by driving up north to Provincetown.
There are some more small trails and nice beaches in the southern part of Cape Cod, so we were quite busy during the afternoon…
We had two wonderful days on Cape Cod. Even though this is a summer holiday destination, we had a great, relaxing time here in autumn.
We had chosen New York City as the final destination of our trip. Unfortunately, hurricane Sandy had the same plans so we met “her” in the big apple. We arrived in N.Y.C on sunday afternoon and went straight to Central Park because we had a feeling it will be the first thing to be closed when the storm arrives. And we were right – we only had two hours in the park before they closed it.
Due to Sandy, we stayed 24 hours in our hotel room – well equipped with food and water –
… and only left after the storm had passed.
We were happy when we found out that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was open!
As our flight back got cancelled, we had to stay two more days. The good thing about it: We saw the Statue of liberty…
…crossed Brooklyn Bridge…
…and went on top of the Rockefeller Center:
We had three wonderful weeks in the US. I can definitely recommend this trip to everybody who is interested in hiking in the nature and visiting big cities alike.