Bar Harbor and Cadillac Mountain, Maine

We arrived in Maine after an enchanting road trip from Quebec to Skowhegan on Route 201, and settled in at the Two Rivers RV Park, a quiet campground on the banks of the Kennebec River and Wesserunsett Stream.

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New England Scenic Byway: Old Canada Road 201

The Old Canada Road (U.S Route 201) is a scenic byway connecting Quebec with Skowhegan, Maine. It follows the Kennebec river and the old trading routes of the Abenaki native tribe, who were original to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. After European colonists arrived, many tribe members fled to the Quebec region, while few remained in Maine. To this day, the old road is still an important trade route between Canada and the US. In the fall, it offers travelers miles of enchantment and many scenic stops along the way.

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Montmorency Falls and Île d’Orléans

Only a few minutes’ drive from Quebec City, we stopped to admire Montmorency Falls. Across the St. Lawrence River we found an idyllic autumnal paradise on Île d’Orléans, offering a cozy yet posh countryside setting.

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Autumn in New York – Royal Mountain, Lake Placid

We returned to the US after visiting the Canadian side of Niagara Falls on a late September day. We followed the meandering road eastward through the quiet New York state countryside, excited to see the foliage starting to change colors. We passed the idyllic City of Little Falls, tucked in the woods, on the banks of Mohawk River and stopped at the top of a turn to take in the panoramic view of Mohawk Valley, sandwiched between the Adirondack Mountains and Catskill Mountains.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Crossing eastward through North Dakota, we didn’t expect to see anything as beautiful and exciting as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Until then, we hadn’t heard about this park, at the meeting of the Great Plains with the rugged Badlands. A great habitat for bison, elk, wild horses, pronghorn, and prairie dogs, the park has three sections brought together by the Little Missouri River. The park features a colorful Painted Canyon and the old Maltese Cross Cabin, where President Roosevelt once lived. The Scenic Loop Drive took us past several overlooks and trails.

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