Our family took a trip to New Hampshire, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), and Maine in August, 2001. We drove 2000 miles over two weeks, seeing a number of interesting places on our journey. Here you'll find links to an introductory animation and pictures from this trip.
Within New Hampshire, we saw many sites, including the Lost River, the "Old Man of the Mountain" featured on the New Hampshire commemorative quarter, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia Notch State Park, the Mt. Washington Auto Road, and the Kancamagus Highway, described as "The Only National Scenic Byway in northern New England" and "one of the most scenic routes through the White Mountains." Our visit to Quebec City coincided with the Festival of New France, or more appropriately, Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France, celebrating French colonial days and the region's rich French heritage. We toured the old French Quarter, visited modern museums with interactive exhibits, and enjoyed great French cuisine and rich desserts in patisseries. In Maine we went through the central part of the state, looking for moose and finding one of sorts as we picnicked at Lily Bay State Park on the shores of Moosehead Lake. From moose country we then drove to the coast and into Acadia National Park. There we hiked up rocky slopes, explored tidepools for crabs and starfish, and swam in the frigid Atlantic waters. Of course we enjoyed lobster during our stay in Maine! We went further south down the coast to Old Orchard Beach to play in the sand and surf, before driving back to Pittsburgh (with a stop at the Statue of Liberty along the way). Overall, a wonderful trip, with great food, weather, events, natural beauty, and lots of smiles from all five of us!