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Suggestions for staycation

Discussion in 'Travel Tips and Discussion' started by Acraftman, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. Acraftman

    Acraftman Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 7, 2017
    Not sure if that's how its spelled. We live in the South Eastern part of the U.S. and are avid motorcycle riders I am retired but my wife still has a job which only enables her a week off at a time. So I will load our bikes up and head somewhere and she will fly to our destination . Last year we went to Crater lake / Southern Oregon, and N.Calif. Year before I drove out to Glaicer National Park. I'm from Texas she's from Florida so we have covered those areas along with Colorado,Utah,Arizona,New Mexico,Washington,Wyoming,Idaho,Maine,Vermont,New Hampshire,Adirondacks, so on etc.I am just trying to define where we probably don't need to go this year.
    This year the plan is I drive up to Newfoundland and she meets me. We have been to Nova Scotia/Prince Edward island so I'm kinda feeling like a been there done that trip is coming up, Finally! I get to that point. If you had a week just to go somewhere lets say between the east coast and the Rocky Mountains maybe North of the Mason/Dixon line this will be late June and early July where would you go? Remembering motorcycling and photography will be the most desirable activities. Sorry about the long pre-amble.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019
  2. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Northern Michigan is underrated in my opinion.

    10 Unforgettable Michigan Views

    Maybe spend a day or two in Ann Arbor, which is a very cool college town, then head north.
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  3. Acraftman

    Acraftman Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 7, 2017
    Thanks, the U.P. has been on the radar!
  4. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Newfoundland is a lot more wild compared to Nova Scotia/PEI. That said, on a bike, just be aware that the roads suck, a lot of potholes.

    Gros Morne in the north feels more like the Rockies. We went to Elliston for the puffins, see
  5. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The Finger Lakes district in NY is beautiful, as is the Adirondack State Park in NY.

    If you're doing a week, take a look at riding through the Adirondacks.

    Oh, and BTW what you describe is not a staycation, but a true vacation. A staycation is when you take vacation/PTO from work, but stay in the general area of where you live. You're traveling to different states, making it a true vacation.
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  6. Stringer

    Stringer Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I did a month in Newfoundland in June 2017 and it is one of the best places I have been to. Great for photography but it does not have hotels in a number of places, so accommodations are a big concern. So bed and breakfast places are what you need to look for if you want to get to the best sites. One week would not allow you to see all of the island. When I was there there were so many iceberg you couldn’t count them all, also whales and seals were plentiful.
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  7. davidzvi

    davidzvi Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    You mention Maine, NH, & VT; but don't mention MA or RI?

    Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Island, and Newport Rhode Island.

    Not the cheapest locations to visit, but all 4 are close enough to hit more than one in a week.
  8. Zairski

    Zairski Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2017
    Come on up thru Minnesota and Wisconsin, cross the Canadian border and hit Thunder Bay.
  9. Brownie

    Brownie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 3, 2018
    SE Michigan
    Not just the UP, but many places around the Great Lakes. Port Austin was already mentioned. Also, there are the Sleeping Bear Dunes in the NW part of the lower peninsula. Stop by Hartwick Pines State Park on the way there or back. Make it up to Sault Ste. Marie (The 'Soo') and see the locks. Western end of the UP is Porcupine Mountain State Park with Lake of the Clouds.

    Your trip begins at Pure Michigan!

    Welcome To Pure Michigan
  10. Lupin 3rd

    Lupin 3rd Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2018
    MoCo, MD
    Mid Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route: https://ridebdr.com/MABDR

    Some parts require a DS bike, but lots are paved. And even where the route is on a dirt road, there's probably a paved road nearby.
  11. Rainman

    Rainman Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 31, 2018
    Tunnel of Trees, Leelanau, Petoskey. A bunch of places to see before you even reach the big bridge.
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  12. Check out route 6 in pa. It’s supposed to be like a mini Route 66. You can see YouTube videos about it.
  13. Mountain

    Mountain Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    There are a bunch of twisties in the Ozarks. Pretty country. You could hit up Hot Springs Natl Park for the most awkward bathing experience money can buy.
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