Our Road Trip Through the Northeast: A Photo Essay

Last month, we took a week-long road trip through the northeast. We stopped along the way in upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Boston. I loved seeing the fall foliage and the quaint New England towns (Vermont, swoon). Here's a run down in photos of where we went on our trip. 

The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are a mountain range in eastern upstate New York. Interestingly, the Adirondacks are not a part of the Appalachian Range like I thought they were; they have completely different origins. The mountains form a circular dome of about 160 miles in diameter, and the highest mountain, Mount Marcy, is about 5,000 feet. 

  Raquette Lake on a beautiful October afternoon.

Raquette Lake on a beautiful October afternoon.

  A quiet and peaceful place to relax in the autumn sun. 

A quiet and peaceful place to relax in the autumn sun. 

  Colorful fall forest and Browns Tract Pond in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness.

Colorful fall forest and Browns Tract Pond in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness.

  Walking through the crunchy leaves in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness.

Walking through the crunchy leaves in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness.

Vermont

Vermont is nestled between Canada, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts. It is the second least populous state after Wyoming and is the leading producer of maple syrup. It was also rated the safest state in 2016. I think it's also one of the prettiest. 

  A pretty creek in the quaint Vermont town of Woodstock. 

A pretty creek in the quaint Vermont town of Woodstock. 

  I spend a lot of time at the library but if this were my library I might hang out there every day. 

I spend a lot of time at the library but if this were my library I might hang out there every day. 

  As a west coaster, this screams New England to me. It's just so darn quaint. 

As a west coaster, this screams New England to me. It's just so darn quaint. 

  I wish covered bridges were more of a thing on the west coast. 

I wish covered bridges were more of a thing on the west coast. 

  Another angle of that cute creek in Woodstock, Vermont.

Another angle of that cute creek in Woodstock, Vermont.

  Homes along the creek in Woodstock, Vermont.

Homes along the creek in Woodstock, Vermont.

  I just loved these yellow flowers with the red building in the background. 

I just loved these yellow flowers with the red building in the background. 

  Hanging out in the Quechee Gorge in Vermont. 

Hanging out in the Quechee Gorge in Vermont. 

  The Quechee Gorge in Vermont. 

The Quechee Gorge in Vermont. 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire had the best foliage of any state we visited on our trip. The reds and oranges fanned out over the hills like flames as we drove to the tiny sliver of New Hampshire coast in Portsmouth. On our way back to Massachusetts, we decided to stop in Portsmouth to visit Strawbery Banke, a living history museum with over fifty buildings reflecting nearly four hundred years of New England history.

  I want this gazebo in my daily life. This was part of the garden at Strawbery Banke Museum.

I want this gazebo in my daily life. This was part of the garden at Strawbery Banke Museum.

  Colonial cooking demonstration (my favorite part) at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Colonial cooking demonstration (my favorite part) at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

  Al liked this boat a lot more than having his picture taken. 

Al liked this boat a lot more than having his picture taken. 

Boston

Boston is one of those places that I thought I was going to absolutely fall in love with. The birthplace of the American Revolution, one of the oldest cities in America, for sure I thought this would be one of my favorite new places; I'm a massive American history nerd. But I honestly felt like I could have been in any American city. While the Freedom Trail was interesting, it was overcrowded with tourists to the point where it was hard to enjoy anything. It seemed like a livable city, and I think I would like to come back to explore with someone who knows the city well. 

  Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.

  Quincy Market at night in Boston. 

Quincy Market at night in Boston. 

  This cool fountain in the Wharf District Park (I think).

This cool fountain in the Wharf District Park (I think).

  The view of Boston from the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

The view of Boston from the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

  We were there to celebrate the 200th birthday of U.S.S. Constitution.

We were there to celebrate the 200th birthday of U.S.S. Constitution.

  A statue of Paul Revere with Old North Church in the background. 

A statue of Paul Revere with Old North Church in the background. 

  Cool brick architecture in Boston's North End. 

Cool brick architecture in Boston's North End. 

  A pond at the Boston Common. 

A pond at the Boston Common. 

  A lobster roll from Luke's Lobster in Downtown Crossing. 

A lobster roll from Luke's Lobster in Downtown Crossing. 

  A chocolate chip cannoli from Mike's Pastry in Boston's North End. Absolutely worth the waiting madness.

A chocolate chip cannoli from Mike's Pastry in Boston's North End. Absolutely worth the waiting madness.