Earlier this month, we headed up the Northeast and visited three states in three days: Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. It was a lot of driving and although it was a short trip, it was super fun and was one of the best experiences that I have ever had. I got to witness so many amazingly beautiful sights that I have always wanted to see, ate great food, and made some unforgettable memories.
We were blessed with sunny weather throughout our whole trip — I was so thankful for this since I’m a solar powered person and I’m the happiest and most energetic on sunny days. I’ll take you through the journey and share with you some of my favorite moments! 🙂
First up was Vermont. We’ve been here many times before and this time, our main purpose was to visit family, so we didn’t have a chance to take photos while we were there. I did manage to get a photo at our favorite rest stop in VT — across from a small (and cute) food co-op was this adorable Putney Community Garden.
Here’s one of my favorite photos from my archives of our VT trip in 2016. We stumbled upon this amazing yellow flower field as we were driving around; we pulled our car over immediately when we saw it for a quick photo sesh!
After a day of hanging out with our family and spending a night in Vermont, we packed up our belongings the following morning and drove to Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire for our outdoor adventure.
As we approached our destination, views of the mountains were breathtaking! I was so in awe and mesmerized by nature’s beauty.
We took the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain. The cable car ride was great and the scenic views were awesome! I highly recommend it if you ever get a chance to visit New Hampshire.
Once we landed at the top of the mountain, we decided to take a short walk up to the observation platform. The walk on the trail was really enjoyable and somewhat magical as the narrow path was lined with trees on both sides —- I loved it!
I originally wore heels, but switched them out for these denim slides before we left for the cable car since we were going on a spontaneous hike afterwards — always bring a backup pair of comfy shoes!
The most memorable part of this entire trip was the incredible view from the top of the mountain! This was one of the most amazing sights I had ever seen — I could have sat there all day. I still can’t get over it and wish that I could go back! This is, hands down, my favorite photo ever taken of me!
What a beautiful and surreal view!!!
After soaking in the grand mountain views and taking a bunch of photos to preserve the incredibly moment, we headed back to the starting point for a quick lunch at Cafe 4080. We sat out on the deck to eat our (average) sandwiches and enjoyed the beautiful scenery before we boarded the aerial tram back down the mountain.
A quick drive over to the next exit and we were at our next stop — The Flume Gorge, which is located in another part of Franconia Notch State Park. Visitors can take either the short trail or go on a long hike to see the gorge and waterfalls. Of course, we opted for the shorter walk, which was a moderate hike and wasn’t as bad as I had expected. The weather was nice and sunny, but it was so hot! I wasn’t dressed appropriately for the hike either with my maxi dress and slides since we decided to go on a whim, but nonetheless, it was fun and I’m glad I got to experience it.
It was a fulfilling day, but we were exhausted from all of the driving and walking. We arrived at our hotel, freshened up, grabbed dinner at a nearby pho restaurant, and settled in early.
After a delicious and hearty breakfast at the hotel, we headed out to explore the beautiful Portland, Maine. We’ve always wanted to visit Maine and I wish we stayed longer. I fell in love with Old Port. The piers, brick buildings, and cobblestone streets were all so charming and provided photo opps everywhere that we turned. It was stunning!
We pulled up to the back of a parking lot in Old Port to a stunning water view. It was like a hidden gem, but then again, there were many pretty ocean views of Casco Bay along the district.
. . . Twirling on a beautiful cobblestone street of Old Port, in front of this stunning ivy-covered brick building!
We walked around and did a little shopping before boarding our cruise boat for a tour of Casco Bay (it’s called Harbor Lights and Sights Cruise). It was a 105 minute narrated cruise — we learned about the history of Portland, saw lighthouses and views of Civil War era fortifications, and got a glimpse into island life.
We got to see the famous Portland Head Light on our cruise, the oldest and most photographed lighthouse in Maine. It was completed in 1791 and is still operating today. Later on in the day, we actually drove over to Cape Elizabeth and visited the lighthouse. We were stunned at how well-kept, beautiful, and massive the lighthouse is!
I still can’t get over this trip. Three days was clearly too short! I would love to visit Maine again — there are so many beautiful places to be explored in and I’m looking forward to returning.
I hope you all are enjoying your summer and as always, thank you so much for reading! 🙂