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Old 03-19-2011, 06:24 AM
 
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Hi,

Myself and 4 friends are coming over from ireland to spend a summer on a J1 visa. We're staying in Ocean City, MD working for 8 weeks then want to go traveeling for the last 16days.

We're thinking of renting a car and driving up to Boston then back down to New York where we fly out of. Can anyone think of any interesting places that wouldn't necessarily be on the usual tourist list. Obviously we'd like to spend a night in Atlantic City, few nights in Boston and a few in NYC to finish up but any info on where to go in between would be great.

Thanks
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:37 AM
 
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It depends on how you define "unusual" and what you're looking for. The Northeast is a HUGE place relative to Ireland and Britain - think at least three times the size of Britain. So, given that, I'll limit my suggestions to the coast:

- Rehoboth in Delaware is really nice and a lot of fun.
- Cape May in New Jersey is really nice.
- If you want a classic, sleazy NJ boardwalk experience, you'll love Seaside Heights. It is "Jersey Shore" come to life.
- The east end of Long Island is beautiful. If you go to the Hamptons or Montauk, bring your wallet - $$$$$$
- Not much in Connecticut (I know I'll get slammed for this), given your notion of unusual places. But, I suppose you could look at places like Lyme, New London, Stonington. Don't expect much excitement though.
- Rhode Island has Westerly (see CT, above), Jamestown (kind of boring, but incredibly beautiful) and, of course, Newport. Newport would definitely be worth a day or two. You could also take the ferry to Block Island from Point Judith - dull but beautiful. It will remind you of home - guaranteed (not the dull part).
- Massachusetts has Cape Cod and all that implies. But, highlights - to me - are Chatham and Provincetown (which is worth a week, itself). You could also take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket (like the Hamptons, $$$$$$$$).
- Even though it's touristy, Plymouth - and the Plimouth Plantations - is a great place to visit, and then you're in Boston!

I hope this helps somewhat. There's obviously a lot more, but these are places that come to mind.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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It depends on how you define "unusual" and what you're looking for. The Northeast is a HUGE place relative to Ireland and Britain - think at least three times the size of Britain. So, given that, I'll limit my suggestions to the coast:

- Rehoboth in Delaware is really nice and a lot of fun.
- Cape May in New Jersey is really nice.
- If you want a classic, sleazy NJ boardwalk experience, you'll love Seaside Heights. It is "Jersey Shore" come to life.
- The east end of Long Island is beautiful. If you go to the Hamptons or Montauk, bring your wallet - $$$$$$
- Not much in Connecticut (I know I'll get slammed for this), given your notion of unusual places. But, I suppose you could look at places like Lyme, New London, Stonington. Don't expect much excitement though.
- Rhode Island has Westerly (see CT, above), Jamestown (kind of boring, but incredibly beautiful) and, of course, Newport. Newport would definitely be worth a day or two. You could also take the ferry to Block Island from Point Judith - dull but beautiful. It will remind you of home - guaranteed (not the dull part).
- Massachusetts has Cape Cod and all that implies. But, highlights - to me - are Chatham and Provincetown (which is worth a week, itself). You could also take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket (like the Hamptons, $$$$$$$$).
- Even though it's touristy, Plymouth - and the Plimouth Plantations - is a great place to visit, and then you're in Boston!

I hope this helps somewhat. There's obviously a lot more, but these are places that come to mind.
CT does have the casinos and Mystic. There are also some nice art museums along the coast (and Yale). Essex is a nice town, and Gillette's Castle is unusual.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I would definitely visit Washington DC and Baltimore since you'll be so close to these cities. Check out Annapolis on your way as well.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: CT
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CT does have the casinos and Mystic. There are also some nice art museums along the coast (and Yale). Essex is a nice town, and Gillette's Castle is unusual.
Yeah, two of the biggest (or the biggest by how you count it) casinos in the world right near each other, that's worth at least stopping for in my opinion. There's also Old Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium which aren't bad for a visit, Gillette Castle is unusual and ok and Yale (and New Haven itself) is fine to see if you're interested in the history. But if someone wants to cover the whole Northeast and they're pressed for time I'd at least hit the casinos/resort in southern CT before passing the state totally through.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Go hiking in the Catskills.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:51 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Wildwood < Seaside Heights (in NJ)

I personally have fun in both whenever I go, but if you're 30+ years old- Seaside would just annoy the living **** out of you once the sun goes down.

Cape May is very charming.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:00 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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In Rhode Island, I'll second the recommendation for Newport. Definitely worth spending at least one night - you've got a beautifully preserved colonial-era city centre with lots of activity and nightlife, beautiful scenery along the Cliff Walk and elsewhere, and tons of mind-blowingly extravagant mansions to visit. Nearby Jamestown is also beautiful; consider a drive down to Beavertail State Park.

One of my favourite beaches in New England is also in Rhode Island: Scarborough (I like it for the waves). There are a lot of other charming places in the state, like Wickford village or Little Compton.

Summer on Cape Cod is notoriously busy, but if you have the time to drive out to Provincetown, you won't regret it. P-town is the liveliest and most interesting town on the Cape, and the nearby Atlantic-facing beaches on the Cape Cod National Seashore are completely undeveloped and very beautiful. Better to go during the week to avoid weekend crowds.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:11 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I will 3rd Newport R.I. as long as you are going to Boston because it is on the way. Newport is the classic American summer resort, you will be there in high season and there is enough to see and do to keep you busy for a week. That being said I think Philadelphia has more to see then Boston because of all the historical sights connected with the founding of the US. I would do Washington, DC., Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Newport, Boston if there is time (it's far) and then back to NY. Rather then eastern Long Island or Cape Cod (again it's a long trip, Newport, Cape Cod and "The Hamptons" are pretty much the same) you might enjoy just going maybe 25 miles east of NYC to Westbury L.I. to experience the typical American, sprawling suburbia of freeways, tract houses and shopping malls. This exists in all American cities but somehow Long Island seems to be the ultimate.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:41 AM
 
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Perhaps reconsider your route and drove on up to Maine. Beautiful coastal views. Just a thought.
I agree with the others about Newport. Have fun and safe travels.
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