Road trips in the Northeast offer the chance to explore a beautiful area of the country. Whether you’re looking to check out quaint seaside towns or long for crisp mountain air, the Northeast has plenty to offer. Make sure your car is ready for a road trip and then try one of these great routes in the Northeast.
U.S. Route 9, New York
You can follow Route 9 all the way from Delaware up to the Canadian border, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking for one of the longer road trips in the Northeast. If 300 miles is a bit more than you’re looking to tackle, then focus on the section that runs through New York.
Today, there are highways that can make the trip faster, but if you stick with Route 9, then you’ll get a look at the New York of yesterday. There are grand estates dotted throughout the countryside, along with quaint towns ready for exploring. Stop at one of the many farmer’s markets along the way and pick up a snack before you head back out on the road.
The Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
The New Hampshire White Mountains are a beautiful escape for those who love to explore the outdoors. Some of the most scenic spots in the region can be found on the Kancamagus Highway, which runs for 34.5 miles along NH Route 112. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce this tongue-twister of a name. You can just call it “The Kanc” like the locals.
Lush green mountains fill the horizon with plenty of spots to stop along the way and catch the perfect photo. Leave yourself extra time to stop at one of the many hiking trails in the area or to explore the Swift River that runs alongside the highway. There are also many campgrounds should you choose to spend the night.
Park Loop Road, Maine
Make your way to Acadia National Park in Maine to experience a beautiful drive along the state’s rocky coastline. The 27-mile Park Loop Road is the perfect way to cap off a drive up the Maine coast with its seaside towns full of shops, restaurants and scenic views.
Park Loop takes you along the ocean and then all the way to the top of Cadillac Mountain for an incredible view of the Atlantic. At 1,530 feet, this is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is not to be missed when you’re exploring the Maine coast.
Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts
The Mohawk Trail stretches from Massachusetts to the New York state line and covers 63 miles of highway. It’s one of the oldest designated scenic routes in the country with a history that stretches back to the days of foot travel and the early settlers.
Today, the route is the perfect summer road trip. It’s dotted with attractions for the whole family from inns and shops to hiking and camping. You’ll also find natural wonders like New England’s only natural bridge as well as parks, art exhibits and museums.
There’s plenty to explore in the Northeast this summer, so be sure your car is ready for the trip. Take care of the basics like oil changes and double check the emergency kit in your trunk before you head out for one of these fun road trips in the Northeast.
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Photo courtesy of Nicole Wakelin.
Nicole Wakelin covers the automotive industry as a freelance journalist for a variety of outlets. Her work includes news pieces, podcasts, radio, written reviews, and video reviews. She can be found in The Boston Globe, CarGurus, BestRide, US News and World Report, and AAA along with lifestyle blogs like Be Car Chic, The Other PTA, and She Buys Cars. She is active on social media with a large following on both Twitter and Instagram and currently serves as Vice President of the New England Motor Press Association.