U.S. Road Trip Re-Cap: Week Fifteen (Exploring the Northeastern Coast)

North to South U.S. road trip recap week fifteen

In contrast to our urban existence in NYC last week, week fifteen was filled with shorelines and seafood. Mystic Seaport, Cape Cod, Boston, and Bar Harbor were on the itinerary this week. We hit the easternmost point of the U.S. in Lubec, Maine, and since the Canadian border was so close by, we pulled out our passports to explore Campobello Island, too.

Read on for photos and details of our eastern coastal road trip experience, from Connecticut to Campobello Island and (almost) everywhere in between!

Note: I’m still catching up on our weekly road trip re-caps! This one covers August 16-22. 

ice cream stop in Mystic Seaport

Ice cream stop in Mystic Seaport!

Airbnb house in Wareham, Massachusetts

Our Airbnb in Wareham, Massachusetts (Get $20 off your first Airbnb booking with our link!)

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Said a quick hello and goodbye to Rhode Island. Thirty minutes to Cape Cod! #NTSroadtrip2015 #rhodeisland

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States Visited This Week

  • Connecticut*
  • Rhode Island*
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire*
  • Maine

*just passing through

Onset Beach, Massachusetts

Onset Beach, a little seaside gem near our Airbnb in Massachusetts

wooden boat in Cape Cod

Gorgeous views on our day trip to Cape Cod

Did you know lobster rolls are served warm or cold, depending where you are on the East Coast?

We had a (delicious) warm roll in Boston, and an interestingly cold one near Acadia National Park in Maine. But one thing stays the same: They’re fairly expensive!

lobsterman's house in Maine

A cute house we saw in Maine

States Visited in Previous Weeks

Total States Visited So Far: 30

California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine

Stops/Landmarks

  • Mystic Seaport
  • Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Lubec, Maine (Easternmost point of the U.S.)
  • Acadia National Park
  • Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Acadia National Park, Maine

A foggy day at the beach in Acadia National Park

lobster truck in Bar Harbor, Maine

A lobster truck in Maine

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Highlights

  • listening to Walcott by Vampire Weekend over and over again (“Walcott, don’t you know that it’s insane, don’t you wanna get outta Cape Cod, outta Cape Cod tonight…” and yes, I’m now listening to it over and over again as I’m writing this post.)
  • enjoying a warm and buttery lobster roll on a summer day in Boston
  • an unplanned camping trip to Campobello Island — in a super affordable cabin
Camping in Acadia National Park

Our campsite in Acadia National Park

Notes and Insights

  • The East Coast has pretty bad light pollution. We tried some astrophotography near Cape Cod, but it definitely wasn’t ideal.
  • We saw tons of spiders crawling over the rocks at the beach in Acadia National Park!
  • Renting a cabin for camping on Campobello Island was surprisingly affordable ($39 CAD/night)
  • Cold lobster roll = yuck.
Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park

beautiful sunset light at Acadia National Park

A beautiful foggy sunset in Acadia National Park

Campobello Island lighthouse

A lighthouse on Campobello Island — You can walk out to it at low tide; just make sure you return before it rises again!

Diana Southern and Ian Norman at the easternmost point of the U.S.

We made it to the easternmost point of the U.S. in Lubec, Maine!

Photo Gallery

Acadia National Park summer streets in Boston Mystic Seaport Onset Beach, Massachusetts Diana Southern and Ian Norman at the easternmost point of the U.S. Acadia National Park Acadia National Park St. Croix Island, Maine (National Historic Site) road-trip-driving-toyota-yaris Onset Beach, Massachusetts Onset Beach, Massachusetts Onset Beach, Massachusetts Onset Beach, Massachusetts Mystic Seaport Mystic Seaport Mystic Seaport Mystic Seaport Easternmost point of the USA at West Quoddy Lighthouse Easternmost point of the USA at West Quoddy Lighthouse bees on flowers at Easternmost point of the USA at West Quoddy Lighthouse Easternmost point of the USA at West Quoddy Lighthouse Cape Cod National Seashore Cape Cod National Seashore Cape Cod National Seashore Milky Way at Cape Cod National Seashore by Ian Norman Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada jellyfish at Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada flowers at Roosevelt estate on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada camping at Acadia National Park bridge lobster roll in Boston lobster roll in Boston ducks in Boston harbor cold lobster roll in Maine Bar Harbor, Maine lobster restaurant in Maine Acadia National Park sea life Acadia National Park

All photos were taken by Ian and Diana with the Sony a7 II (Ian’s camera), Sony RX100 III (Diana’s camera — review here) and our smartphones.

Week 16 Preview

  • A tiny house Airbnb in New Hampshire
  • Hanging out in the Adirondacks at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps (my first time in a canoe!)

I hope you enjoyed this U.S. road trip re-cap! In case you missed them, check out our other weekly recaps from our road trip. Have you road-tripped to any of these U.S. locations? Tell us about your trips in the comments.

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About the Author

Diana Southern
In March 2014, Diana called it quits on her traditional American working life and set out to explore the world with her partner in crime (and love of her life) Ian Norman. They now live a sustainable life of full time travel, working for themselves and seeking adventure at the same time. Here on North to South, Diana documents their journey in achieving and maintaining this "road less traveled" way of life.

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