We are in the preliminary stages of planning our summer vacation. Initially we had hoped to visit Rockies/Vancouver this year - but whatwith the economy in Ireland at the moment - that is now a non-runner.
Anyhows - we have air vouchers to be used and have narrowed our choices down. Can get a good flight deal to Boston, but having been there a few times, we feel we should spread our wings a bit further this time. Intend to travel in September but are flexible as to whether it is early/mid or late in the month.
I have posted this on the Boston forum too - but would welcome any advise from a Canadian perspective.
Our initial thoughts are
Day 1 - Reacquaint ourselves with Boston, staying in Back Bay area
Day 2 - Pick up car.
Have already contacted Hertz about taking a car over the border to Canada - and it is fine, as long as we notify them when we collect so that they can issue us with some sort of letter
Here's the first question - Mapquest indicates a 6hour drive to Montreal. I'm not particularly interested in scooting from city-to-city, knowing that the drive is in a particular scenic area. Thinking of splitting the journey and staying somewhere en-route. What about Burlington - or is there any small pretty town/area to stay in? I'm going to factor in one night stop-off. Is it worth it?
Day 3 - Back on route to Montreal. 2/3 nights there
Day 4 - Montreal
Day 5 -Montreal
Day 6 - Head for Toronto
Day 7 - Toronto
Day 8 - Niagara Falls or Niagara on the Lake
Day 9 - DItto
Day 10 - Head back for Boston
Day 11 - Boston
Day 12 - Boston and possibly take night flight home or else factor in another day.
I'm conscious of this being like having a vacation through the windscreen - so feel free to be as constructive as you like. My own gut instinct is that it is too much - but it has been hanging in the air over the past few days and before we dismiss the idea completely, I would welcome any thoughts from you guys. I have a great big Lonely Planet Guide to Canada, a DK Guide along with bits I have torn from travel articles etc over the past few years but thought I'd ask for your thoughts on the matter too!
I know too that we wont even get to get under the skin of any of the destinations, but I'm sure that we we taste enought to ensure we return (that is, if our country ever gets out of the financial mess that it's in!!)
Cut it to shreds if necessary - but please be kind ;-)
Thanks in advance