Two Local Summer Trips

I realize as I plot my next around the world adventure that I’ve hardly done my own region much justice. North America has never interested me in the slightest… until now. Now that I realize that being in the midst of a very high risk pregnancy limits me somewhat, I have to plan adventures a little closer to home. Trips that don’t require mountain hiking, volcano climbing, snorkeling, trekking, helicoptering, third world hospitals, boat trips on treacherous waters, glacier visiting, etc etc etc.

Thus I have planned an epic road trip North to South along California’s coast. I have also planned a three day weekend with my best pal in NYC.

What else what else can I do?

Well, a road trip up into Canada and Michigan’s upper peninsula, of course.

Niagara Falls/Montreal/Quebec

Day 1
Home to Niagara Falls, Canada
6 hours, 338 miles

The Falls Illuminated at night 9-midnight
Maid of the Mist $15.50
Journey Behind the Falls $16
White Water Walk $11
Niagara Botanical Gardens $5 parking
Niagara’s Fury Show $14
Adventure Pass includes all above: $47

Hostel double private $37

Day 2
Full day Niagara

Day 3
After breakfast drive Niagara to Montreal
7 1/2 hours, 416 miles
Overnight hostel (private double $37)

Day 4 
Full day

Wander Old Montreal
Montreal Botanical Gardens, Biodome, Planetarium $19
Jean-Talon open air market
Museum of Archaeology and History $15

Day 5
Montreal to Quebec
3 hours, 156 miles
Hostel in Quebec twin private $42

Walk Old Quebec
The Citadel $10
Terrasse Dufferin
Morrin Centre
Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
Montmorency Falls Park

Day 6
Loooong day of driving, Quebec to home
14 hours, 820 miles

Total days: 6
Total miles: 1730
Total estimated fuel: $159
Food/drink per day: $25
Total estimated price: $598


Mackinac Island

Day 1 -2

Drive to Mackinac 5 hours 45 min
Ferry round trip: $25
2 nights Mackinac = $434
Bike rental 4 hours = $28
Mackinac State Historic Parks $11
Spa morning (30 min massage, antioxidant slim wrap) $155
Haunted Theater $7
Lunch and dinner for 3 days $100

Day 3
Morning Mackinac
Drive to home
5 hours 40 min 280 miles

Total days: 3
Total miles: 570
Estimated fuel: $58
Total: $818
Total if splitting gas and hotel: $572
Total per person without spa: $417

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