Annual family vacations are weeks that I always look forward to throughout the year. Having the opportunity to explore somewhere new and spend quality time with my family is an absolute blessing.
This year we decided to delve into the East Coast. At the end of July, we flew into Boston and took a week road tripping up to Maine.
We began our trip in Boston walking the freedom trail and seeing major historical sites such as the site of the Boston Massacre and Bunker Hill. As a history lover, this vacation did not disappoint. We explored some of the oldest areas of the entire country (for example, the city of Boston itself was founded in 1630).
From Boston we took a day trip out to Cape Cod stopping at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum along the way. With lavish small towns and beautiful beaches, Cape Cod was one of my favorite spots of the entire trip. (I had a LOT of fish and chips on this trip but the plate I got at ‘Captain’s Table’ in Chatham, MA might very well be my favorite!)
As we set out to make the drive up to Maine, we took a detour to check out Salem, MA. Famous for being the site of the Salem Witch Trials, Salem was a quaint town now with a mix of historical sites, shops, and restaurants.
One of our longest days was spent at Acadia National Park. This park in Maine was one of my favorite national parks I have visited so far (even with intense fog the entire day). The scenic loop drive allows for perfect stop offs to explore various trails, lookouts, and beaches.
On the last day of the trip we drove back to Gloucester, MA for whale watching. We piled on a boat with about 100 other people and set off to the sea to see these beautiful creatures in action. Not only did we see 6 whales on the trip but we also learned about the whales, actions taken to protect the whales, and ways we could help.
Although we were on the go 24/7 throughout the week, we all agree that we only scratched the surface of this region of the USA and want to visit again in the future. It was absolutely beautiful in the summer but seeing those lush areas in the fall would be a dream. Another summer family vacation in the books with another beautiful area of the world explored.