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travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 14 years 2 weeks ago #1339

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Hello,
My wife and I are planning a trip this Oct. 1 thru sometime in 2008 from home in Mo. to Maine and down the coast to the Keys for the winter. We want to see the fall folage in Maine and New England, have some of the good sea food and see the sights there as we go down the coast taking about 2-3 months to do so. We will be traveling in a 40' MH with tow vehicle and MC.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to see and do while we travel from home to the keys thru Maine. Also any good routes and military campgrounds on the route would also be appreciated. We like staying at the military campgrounds as much as we can without going to far out of the way. Also do you think that getting to Maine about the 10th of Oct. is soon enough to see the folage there? :)
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Re: Travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 14 years 2 weeks ago #1342

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Welcome to the forum. You came to the right place, there's an awesome bunch of good folks here
that will guide you on the right direction. Larry the founder has done an excelent job on this site
he can set you up with the "Military Campground.US" and you will have all the info about famcamps and much more at your finger tips. Stay safe traveling.
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Re: Travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 14 years 2 weeks ago #1345

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Welcome. While you are here, click on the words "campgrounds"(not the drop down index)and you will see little 'push pins' for military CG's over the whole US. 'Drag' the slide down a notch or 2 and it spreads out the campground locations. This has helped us(the wife)plan our route from Florida up to Illinois for a family reunion. Don't forget that if you can't exactly stop in a MCG, show your MID(if you have them)when checking into other CG's for the night. Most will give some sort of discount. KOA's are great at this, so are Good Sams. This site has been AWESOME for a source of info. Thanks to Larry for making it so useful, and thanks to all those who support the site with honest feedback and comments. Happy Trails.

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Re: Travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 14 years 2 weeks ago #1346

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Sorry, 'drag' the slide UP to get a larger spread, down makes it smaller.

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Re: Travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 14 years 2 weeks ago #1347

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Bill's HR The weather as a lot to do with the color change. If you are not pressed for time I'd plan to be in New England on the first of OCT. I think New Boston, just south of Concord NH. closes about 15 Oct. I'm not sure about Maine CG's. The "old man of the MT." has passed away but you can still see the area where he was. Most of the snow birds leave in Sept., so make your reservations early for the trip south or you me be in overflow all winter. The days are warm. Start about 0900 and plan to be back by 1700 if you day trip the bike. Early or later in the day or in shadows it gets cooool. No helmit law in ME. or NH. Ride Safe. Friends here say foliage starts up north about middle of Sept. They have suggested starting in Stow VT. down To Keene NH. over to Concord. (We don't like the state of me.) but you can go there if you like. Happy Motoring.

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Re: travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 13 years 11 months ago #1559

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We have just completed our two month summer loop from up state SC to Maine and back. We went north to up state NY, down thru VT & NH and spent a month in Maine. Once into Yankee land you will find that about 90% of the campgrounds are family oriented. By mid October they will all be starting to shut down for the winter and by the end of October they will be very few open. Other than the New Boston AFS in NH there are no Military RV parks in NE that will hold your rig. The last two weeks in September and on into the first week in October will be the best time to watch the colorful transformation taking place in the forests up in Maine. We did not have any trouble finding places to stay while in Maine but we knew in advance that we had to have advance reservations in the popular areas during the weekends. I was born and raised in rural Maine and this is the best information I can give you. Good luck on your trip and don?t miss the Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park. If you are alone atop Cadillac Mountain when the sun rises you will be the first one in America to see it.

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Re: travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 13 years 11 months ago #1564

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Hello,
My wife and I are planning a trip this Oct. 1 thru sometime in 2008 from home in Mo. to Maine and down the coast to the Keys for the winter.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to see and do while we travel from home to the keys thru Maine.


BillHR> I got a tremendous amount of information for a recently planned trip to NE. You can read it all at this link www.rvparkreviews.com/invboard/index.php...wtopic=1019&st=0

You won't find very many military campgrounds in NE.

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Re: travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 13 years 11 months ago #1578

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I just stayed at Naval Station Newport, and recommend it, great view and a nice campground, Water and electric on site, but no dump out on site is a drawback, but if you are just there for a day or two it's great.

If you are coming down in October, I recommend at least stopping by Salem Mass, lots of people and things to do, as you may guess Halloween is a big deal there.

In Connecticut I would recommend Mystic, and Old Lyme as towns to see. Rocky Neck State park is a great place to stay along I-95 in CT. No hook ups, but at about $20 a night and an on site dump out for campers included in the site fee, to stay on a paved in walking distance from the beach not a bad deal. If you are into antiques, Woodbury CT along US-6 is a nice place. If you really want to see NewEngland Charm inland check out the town of Litchfield along CT RT 63, the town green there was used as the town green for the TV show Paton Place. If you really want to see trees turning colors I recommend CT RT-8 or CT RT-63 NORTH of Watertown CT, both have excellent views of trees, RT-8 is more panoramic, while RT-63 is more NewEngland close up.

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Re: travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 13 years 11 months ago #1580

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If you are in the Boston area my want to go over to Salem and tour the USS Salem. This has become a great tourist. I served on a sister ship to the Salem, the USS Newport News. We have taken over a berthing compartment on the Salem and built a museum for Newport News. Also, farther north in the Battleship Massachusetts. These are great stops. Of course, being Navy retired we stop and tour all of the ships that have been turned into museums.
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Re: travel from Mo. to Maine and down the coast to Keys 13 years 10 months ago #1623

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Don't know if you want to get as far North and East in October but we really recommend a visit to Eastport and Lubec in Maine and Campobello Island in New Brusnwick. Both Eastport and Lubec claim to be the Easternmost town in the U.S. but West Quoddy lighthouse in undisputedly the Easternmost Point. Campobello Island is, of course, the location of President Roosevelt's summer home for many years prior to becoming President, after which he only got there three times. Just an awesome island. If you go plan to visit East Quoddy Light twice. Once at high tide and again at low, when you can make a not so easy walk out to the light. Fascinating. You might want to ride the ferries over to Deer Island and the Mainland of New Brunswick between high and low tides. Awesome.

Hello,
My wife and I are planning a trip this Oct. 1 thru sometime in 2008 from home in Mo. to Maine and down the coast to the Keys for the winter. We want to see the fall folage in Maine and New England, have some of the good sea food and see the sights there as we go down the coast taking about 2-3 months to do so. We will be traveling in a 40' MH with tow vehicle and MC.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to see and do while we travel from home to the keys thru Maine. Also any good routes and military campgrounds on the route would also be appreciated. We like staying at the military campgrounds as much as we can without going to far out of the way. Also do you think that getting to Maine about the 10th of Oct. is soon enough to see the folage there? :)

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