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Vacation thoughts? Boston on my mind

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Greg Peck
April 17, 2013

I hate it when I see some list of “top beaches,” or “top sights” at some destination that I’ve already visited and the list suggests I've missed one of the best spots.

So I was pleasantly surprised to see the “top five” waterfalls story in Sunday’s Gazette Destinations section and to know that my wife and I, while visiting Utah’s five national parks, made the several-mile hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls. Likewise, I was happy to see that we have visited four of the 10 historic buildings—“These unique (even bizarre) 50-plus-year-old structures still stand and intrigue,” listed in the March AARP Bulletin (we’ve seen the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., Fallingwater in Mill Run, Penn.; Seattle’s Space Needle and Alcatraz Island).

This year, Cheryl and I are thinking about driving to New England for a couple of weeks. Boston might be part of the itinerary. Cheryl saw New England decades ago, but I’ve never ventured north of Boston. We did visit that historic Massachusetts city for a day or two years ago, but we didn’t have time to walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, and I’d like to do that.

Monday’s bombings at the marathon wouldn’t deter me, but other sights in New England might again leave us short of time to visit Boston.

We’ve been downloading material from the Internet, talking to friends who’ve been to New England and ordering travel brochures. Still, we haven’t mapped out a plan or itinerary, which I often like to do before we leave on trips.

Key points of interest we’ll probably try to hit include driving along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, visiting the Trapp Family (Yes, from “The Sound of Music”) Lodge in Stowe Mountain, Vt., and Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H.; touring Acadia National Park in Maine; tasting the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour in Waterbury, Vt., and a lobster meal in Bar Harbor, Maine; and hiking up New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock.

Have you been to New England? If so, have I listed the highlights? Any of the above ideas you would subtract? Any you would add?

Where do you plan to vacation this year?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook



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