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Fall Northeast US DIY history/foliage road trip
I live in Maryland and would like to plan a week-long road trip this fall to take my mom (who lives in Oregon) and kids up into the northeastern states to see the fall foliage. This has been on my mom’s bucket list for years, and she’s gotten to an age that it will only happen if I make it happen. Since the cost of a package tour is prohibitive (and my dad and/or friends that might have accompanied her have passed away), I thought we could do it ourselves, making some stops along the way to visit sites that would be of educational interest for my kids who will be homeschooled starting this year. We're joining a Classical Conversations community and the history emphasis this year is US History, so I think this trip could fit nicely with what we'll be doing in school.
I want to head up into Vermont and Hew Hampshire, and understand that Rte. 7 in Vermont and 112 in NH are good destinations in the fall. But between Maryland and there, I'd like to plan two or three day long stops at places where my kids could learn about some of the many important historical events in this part of the US. The obvious choices are probably Philadelphia, New York and Boston, but I'm not sure if we are up for that pace, traffic etc.
Would there be a more rural route that would also include stops at sites of historical importance? The only one that's popping into my mind is Gettysburg, but since that's only a couple of hours from where we live anyway, we can go there anytime.