Traveling North East Need advice on places to photograph.

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Taking a road trip the end of September from the Carolinas up to Maine. Never been past the Carolinas so Im looking for some advice on where to photograph. I photograph almost anything: Wildlife, landscapes, car & motorcycle racing or (any kind of racing), light houses, sunrise & sunsets. I know I have to stop by Conowigo Dam for Eagles. I can stop anywhere on my way up to Maine.

I have every focal length available to me from 14mm to 1000mm.

Any advice would be helpful

Thank You
 
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I can highly recommend Nubble Lighthouse , Portland Headlight and Pemaquid Pt. Lighthouse along the Maine coast ...
Since I'm 20 miles from the Adirondack Mountains in NY I'd certainly suggest some time there (if you're heading inland at all) and you'll be getting close to some fall colors at the higher elevations .... Lake Placid is certainly a cool place to visit .....
Southern Vermont around the Bennington area has history and several classic Vermont covered bridges ...
I obviously don't know how much time you have but stops in Washington, DC and Philadelphia for historic sites would be awesome .... love visiting DC and most of the museums are free .... and of course Boston which in my opinion is such a great city ...
 
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I can highly recommend Nubble Lighthouse , Portland Headlight and Pemaquid Pt. Lighthouse along the Maine coast ...
Since I'm 20 miles from the Adirondack Mountains in NY I'd certainly suggest some time there (if you're heading inland at all) and you'll be getting close to some fall colors at the higher elevations .... Lake Placid is certainly a cool place to visit .....
Southern Vermont around the Bennington area has history and several classic Vermont covered bridges ...
I obviously don't know how much time you have but stops in Washington, DC and Philadelphia for historic sites would be awesome .... love visiting DC and most of the museums are free .... and of course Boston which in my opinion is such a great city ...

Thanks for all the info. Ill be looking into all this information.
 
I'm not sure how much eagle action there is at Conowingo Dam during the summer months. The times I've been there (several years ago now) have been in the winter -- November and December, when we saw and were able to shoot Great Blue Herons, Eagles and others fishing in the waters of the dam. Hopefully someone who has frequented Conowingo more than I have will be able to give a better idea of how much activity there is during the warmer months.

Definitely you have to take a look around DC and also around Philadelphia and New York City! There's also Baltimore and Annapolis and such, too, but you may not have time for everything. The Maryland/Delaware beaches are fun, too, and also the wonderful Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, home of wild ponies, and there's also the beautiful and enchanting Cape May in New Jersey with its colorful historical homes...... There's also "the Jersey Shore," more beaches and ocean.....

All of the New England states are interesting in their own right, each with its own history and traditions. The "rock-bound coast of Maine" is indeed very scenic!

Have a wonderful trip!
 
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I'm not sure how much eagle action there is at Conowingo Dam during the summer months. The times I've been there (several years ago now) have been in the winter -- November and December, when we saw and were able to shoot Great Blue Herons, Eagles and others fishing in the waters of the dam. Hopefully someone who has frequented Conowingo more than I have will be able to give a better idea of how much activity there is during the warmer months.

Definitely you have to take a look around DC and also around Philadelphia and New York City! There's also Baltimore and Annapolis and such, too, but you may not have time for everything. The Maryland/Delaware beaches are fun, too, and also the wonderful Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, home of wild ponies, and there's also the beautiful and enchanting Cape May in New Jersey with its colorful historical homes...... There's also "the Jersey Shore," more beaches and ocean.....

All of the New England states are interesting in their own right, each with its own history and traditions. The "rock-bound coast of Maine" is indeed very scenic!

Have a wonderful trip!
Thank You very much for the information. This really helps out with the planning.
 
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You may not see eagles at the Conowingo Dam, but you'll definitely see these.
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There'll be many more of them, waiting just for you.

I'm told that you need to be wary lest they devour the paint off your car and the rubber off your windshield wipers.
 
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If you go up the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) instead of the nightmare of I-95, you can see plenty of eagles and other wildlife in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. (Dogs aren't permitted even in cars, so I haven't visited in many years.) If the Conowingo Dam is a must for you, then you can cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and pick up Rte 1 out of Baltimore, avoiding permanent gridlock in the DC metro area entirely (and what would you want to see there, anyway?). Otherwise, the ferry from Lewes DE to Cape May, NJ is a nice trip, and Cape May itself is an interesting and picturesque town, with an impressive lighthouse. From there, you can proceed up to New York City on the Garden State Parkway (instead of the NJ Turnpike), stopping if you like in Atlantic City to do some street photography on the boardwalk and lose your shirt in a tawdry casino. (Of course, you could take this route in one direction and I-95 in the opposite direction.)

From New York City, you could continue up I-95, or you could drive out the North Fork of Long Island through scenic villages (once you make it past the gruesome traffic bottleneck at Riverhead) and take the ferry from Orient Point across Long Island Sound to New London, CT. The ferry goes up the mouth of the Thames (pronounced as it's spelled) River, past a 19th century fort on the right and the submarine bays of Groton CT on the left (and New London, a somewhat dilapidated town is nonetheless interesting in itself, with an architectural masterpiece as you enter the harbor -- a famous Romanesque Revival railroad station by H.H. Richardson.

From New London you could pick up I-95 to Boston, but a short detour through Providence RI would allow you to view the sunset at Breton Point State Park (along with an army of other photographers) after touring the mansions.

There's plenty to see in Boston, of course, but three things off the beaten track might interest you as a photographer: (1) the sewage treatment facility on Deer Island in Winthrop MA (seriously) is not only interesting in itself, but also has a spectacular 2 mile walk from which you can see the entire Massachusetts Bay spread out, with many, many opportunities for stunning photos (though it's difficult to find your way out there); (2) a boat trip out in the harbor to Georges Island, where you can tour Ft. Warren and get some stunning photos of Boston from the boat; and (3) the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.

Portsmouth NH is an old town that has reinvented itself as a tourist destination (in the good sense), with lots of 18th century houses, a working port and a lively restaurant scene. Don't forget to stock up on attractively priced liquor at one of the many NH state liquor stores, many of which are strategically situated just across the state liine from Massachusetts to lure tipplers from Massachusetts.

I could go on.
 
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I like the scenery around the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. It was a couple of hours drive from NYC and I always found it a quiet place to go. Nice Wyeth paintings there if you like their paintings.
 

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