With the latest fall of snow, it feels like spring will never make it to Quebec. But the countdown has begun. With long weekends looming on the horizon, this is a good time to start planning a way to shake off that cold and dark seasonal sadness by jumping in the car and heading on a road trip from Montreal to discover sights unseen. If you want a little more than a quick day trip, it just so happens, Montreal is perfectly situated to take a three-day drive to some of the best cities in Eastern Canada and the northeast U.S. 

Whether you want to hop in the car and take in some scenic views, discover a new town and its vibe, or break into early camping season, there is something on this list you will like. 

If you are the type of person who marks that March 19 date on your calendar in celebration of spring, you even have the option to experience what it's like to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of daffodil and lilacs, or watch 3,500 yellow rubber ducks race down a river. Because if the latter doesn't say spring, who knows what does. 

If you're looking to plan a getaway that includes you, a car, your favourite playlist, keep reading for 14 of the best road trips you can take throughout Quebec and the U.S this spring. 


Meriden, Connecticut

Distance: 5 hours and 45 minutes

If you want a quiet getaway with sweeping nature views, but still want to be in close proximity to the bustle of bigger cities like Hartford (just 20 minutes away), then Meriden is your place. Take advantage of the multiple parks and lakes or spend your time walking the adorable town known for its food and galleries. 

Meriden also hosts a massive daffodil festival later in April that showcases over 600,000 flowers along with live music and food. 

Click here for more info on the Meriden Festival!


Saratoga Springs, New York 

Distance: 3 hours and 15 minutes 

A popular resort spot because of the presence of mineral springs in the area, Saratoga Springs is also known for its horse races, picturesque views, great restaurants, and shopping.

So don your biggest wide-brimmed hat (though racing doesn't start until the beginning of summer months, you may still be able to catch some training) and book your mineral bath.

More info here.


Jackson, New Hampshire 

Distance: 4 hours

If your vacation has to include outdoor action, then check out Jackson. It's a small place, with just over 800 residents, with a big heart.

Not only are you in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to hike and bike your day away but if your trip happens to be in May, you can plan around the annual Wildquack Duck Race & Music Festival where you can race your own rubber ducky down a river for prizes and bragging rights.

Get the details here.


New Haven, Connecticut 

Distance: 6 hours

Billed as the "Cultural Capital of Connecticut," (ok, the city named itself that, but still), New Haven has everything you could want in a city vacation; theatres, music events, museums, amazing restaurants.

April 19 marks the day of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival where you can also take in some entertainment, try some food trucks, and check out local vendors all between taken some very Instagrammable moments. 

See all New Haven has to offer on its website.


Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire 

Distance: 3 hours

While not its own city, this state park is still road-trip worthy on its own. If a getaway to you includes things like camping (opens officially in May), long hikes, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, bird watching, or checking out rare 800 foot granite walls at a natural gorge, then mark this spot down.

While the park is popular year-round, get there before the summer months and enjoy a little more solitude. 

Check out the official website for more info!


Grafton, Vermont

Distance: 4 hours 

Grafton is like if you asked someone to design a U.S. town and the only reference they had to the country was from made-for-TV holiday movies.  

It's nearly too perfect. Too picturesque. Most of the original buildings have been preserved and The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating hotels in the country, and truly one of the prettiest.

Feast your eyes on the New England village.


Wells, Maine 

Distance: 5 hours and 20 minutes 

Fresh lobster, lighthouses, ocean beaches, and inexpensive lodging, there is no wonder why this Maine spot is so popular.

It has everything you could want to escape the world. Plus its close proximity to trendier spots like Kennebunkport and Ogunquit make it feel less small-town, if that's what you're after.  

Explore the seaside town here.


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Salem, Massachusetts 

Distance: 5 hours and 30 minutes 

Of course, Salem is steeped in history but it's also a trendy town with great restaurants, coffee houses, and music venues.

The seaside park of Salem Willows, allows you to spend a day walking the oceanfront boardwalk, playing arcade games, and checking out an amusement park ride or two.

Start planning your trip to Salem.


Rochester, New York

Distance: 5 hours and 30 minutes 

If spring for you is all about a new wardrobe, Rochester is a shopper's paradise. And it seems like every other week there is another festival. In early May, the city hosts its world-famous lilac festival with over 500 varieties in bloom.

Check it out here.


Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Distance: 6 hours and 45 minutes

It's a bit further than maybe a two or three-day road trip but if you really want to spoil yourself, and hey, may even run into Taylor Swift, head to this very affluent village and hobnob with the rich. The people are beautiful and so are the beaches, even when it's too cold to swim.

Step back in time.


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Tadoussac, Quebec

Distance: 5 hours and 45 minutes

If you haven't been to Tadoussac, be warned that you may just fall in love. Not only is it considered to have one of the most beautiful bays in the world where you can admire the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, but it is also one of the oldest villages in North America. Walk the boardwalk, meander through the town, whatever you do you won't want to leave. 

If you have to push your spring road trip later, you can even go whale watching in June.

Fall in love with Tadoussac.


Montebello, Quebec

Distance: 1 hour and 30 minutes 

If you want a quick excursion outside of Montreal, Montebello is calling. Yes, it has all the usual that makes for a top vacation spot but go for the animals. So many animals. Parc Omega lets you not only watch the animals but interact with them (to a point, of course).

Check it out here.


Kamouraska, Quebec

Distance: 4 hours 

There is no shortage of love for this Quebec town. It's been named one of the top 20 most beautiful villages in the province. National Geographic's former editor in chief, listed it as one of his favourite Canadian places

But it's not just pretty with no depth, if you are into the culinary scene make sure to check out the locally produced pastries, cheeses, and microbrews


Port-Au-Persil, Quebec

Distance: 4 hours, 45 minutes 

Also on the list of most beautiful Quebec towns is Port-Au-Persil. It's a traditional village spread out along the banks of the St. Lawrence. It's a sleepy kind of town steeped in natural beauty, best for long walks, deep breathing, and the internal quiet you get when you're out of the city.

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