We went on our first roadtrip in the Autumn/Fall of 2010.
We flew into and out of JFK Airport. Our trip lasted about 2 weeks.
It went something like this:
New York – Atlantic City (1 night) – Baltimore (1 night) – Washington DC (4 nights)-
Bethlehem (1 night) – Woodstock (1 night) – Shelburne Falls (1 night) – Brewster (2 nights) – Connecticut (3 nights) – NYC (1 night).
Here’s a highly rudimentary map showing you the route:
We reckon this trip covered about 1,640 miles and meant around 30 hours of being in the car.
We accidentally had the satnav set to “avoid freeways” until the penultimate drive of the holiday – this meant we very often took “the scenic route”.
The longest drive was between Atlantic City and Baltimore. We didn’t know it at the time but because our satnav was making us avoid freeways we ended up going on a hugely circuitous route which involved unexpectedly boarding a ferry. So what should have been a two and a half hour journey ended up taking over six hours. Oops.
Our car was a Nissan Versa, so not exactly the Cadillac of our roadtrip-dreams!
We took in 7 states.
We ate our first ever lobster in Cape Cod. We got engaged. We supped oysters at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Josh discovered how tasty American craft beers are. We made our own candy bars (Hannah’s was crap). We saw a pooping-panda. Hannah had a few cocktails. We had Five Guys burgers for the first-ever time. We had a go at acting as news anchors in the Newseum and concluded we were both terrible at it. We leaf-peeped. We saw Amish people for the first time. We went up the top of the Empire State Building at midnight. We saw a gig and a Broadway show but our cultural highlight was probably watching Ghostbusters and a barber-shop quartet at the small-town “Pothole Pictures” in Shelburne Falls.
We discovered that we LOVE American roadtrips. We vowed to return.