U.S. Road Trip Re-Cap: Weeks Sixteen & Seventeen (Maine to the Adirondacks)

North to South U.S. road trip recap week sixteen-seventeen

Ahhh, the Adirondacks. These two weeks were probably the most peaceful of our whole 50-state trip. Completely unplanned — as are most of our favorite trip highlights — we enjoyed a two-week stay in a private cabin at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps. We’d received the invitation from a new friend we met in Acadia National Park the previous week, and I’m glad we took him up on the offer!

Read on for the serene lake settings and wooded wanderings from our stay in the Adirondacks this summer, plus snapshots from our journey there.

Note: I’m still catching up on our weekly road trip re-caps! This one covers August 23 – September 5. 

St. Croix Island National Historic Site, Maine, USA

St. Croix Island National Historic Site, Maine

We started the first week departing from Maine, where we paused briefly at St. Croix Island National Historic Site (the first French settlement in North America), spent a couple of days in a tiny house in New Hampshire where we hiked a bit, and then continued west to Old Forge, NY.

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a rainy day driving through Vermont

A rainy day driving through Vermont

States Visited This Week

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont*
  • New York

*just passing through

States Visited in Previous Weeks

canoeing on a lake in the Adirondacks

My first time in a canoe at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps

Total States Visited So Far: 31

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, Vermont

paddleboarding on a lake in the Adirondacks

Paddleboarding at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps

cows in upstate New York

Just some cows chowing down by the roadside in New York

Stops/Landmarks

Highlights

  • Settled for longer than a few days, I was able to get started on my new travel outfit post series on Stylish Travel Girl.
  • Diana’s first time in a canoe
  • Hanging out with a cute puppy, a cool dog, and a seven-toed cat
  • Getting in some night photography time around the lake at AWC
  • Our hosts, Tim and Jess, treating us to a sunset dinner cruise in the Adirondacks!
In the woods at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps

In the woods at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps

Ian and Tim chatting by the fire in the Adirondacks

Ian chatting with Tim (our host at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps)

hiking in the Adirondacks

hiking in the Adirondacks

Notes and Insights

  • The famous “Adirondack” chair can really be seen everywhere in this area!
  • We’re starting to realize that there are a surprising amount of cows and farmland in just about ever state in the U.S.
dinner cruise in the Adirondacks

Our hosts at AWC treated us to an awesome dinner cruise in the Adirondacks. Thanks again, Tim and Jess!

Photo Gallery

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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 18 Preview

  • Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist boat ride
  • Sight-seeing in Washington D.C.
  • A visit to the International Zoo (and the bird I like to call a “flamingapus”)
  • Visiting Ian’s family
  • Randomly ending up in D.C. at the same time as my twin brother and visiting the International Spy Museum

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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