I'm sure you've noticed that we've been writing a lot of articles about road trips and spontaneous trips that you can take from Montreal. You may be curious why, since we're a blog that writes about Montreal, are we telling you to get out of Montreal.
It's not because we don't love this city, it's pretty clear we're a little bit obsessed with Montreal. We just want everyone reading our articles to know about all the amazing things they can experience around Montreal as well.
We're lucky enough to live less than 2 hours away from the border with the US, giving us so many amazing opportunities to explore the country right below us! It's pretty exciting that we can drive just a couple hours and be in a completely different country with so many amazing things to offer us.
Vermont, New York State and Maine are beautiful states that are filled to the brim with nature from breathtaking state parks and stunning hiking trails, to flowing waterfalls and giant gorges! Get out there and explore this summer!
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1. Colchester Causeway
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 53
This unreal bike path is located less than 2 hours from Montreal and is the perfect spontaneous trip to take this summer. You'll be biking along with the beautiful Lake Champlain on both sides of you!
2. Mount Pisgah
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 12 mins
This stunning adventure is awaiting you this summer. Mount Pisgah offers gorgeous views from it's lookout point at Pulpit Rock to the shiny blue waters below. It won't even feel like you're in North America anymore because the water is so clear and blue it doesn't even look real!
3. Taconic Mountains State Park
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 52 mins
This gorgeous parks is one of Vermont's newest state parks. It's a Japanese garden with stunning streams, cute bridges, and gardens filled with wildflowers! It's a unique spot that you must check out this summer if you have the chance.
4. Half Moon Pond State Park
Distance From Montreal: 3 hours
This beautiful state park is the perfect place for a camping trip with your friends this summer. It's a short distance from Montreal and the views of the lake in the morning are so serene!
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1. Letchworth State Park
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 46 mins
This state park is one of the most impressive things you'll ever see. There's massive waterfalls, hiking trails and stunning views from just about every spot in the park. You even have the opportunity to view this amazing park from a hot air balloon!
2. Ausable Chasm
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 26 mins
This unreal chasm is the perfect adventure to go on this summer. You can experience white water rafting, lazy river floating, hiking and so much more!
3. Robert H. Treman State Park
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 25 mins
This unreal hiking trail in Ithaca, New York is something you should definitely experience once in your life. The Gorge Trail is one thing that shouldn't be missed here. The 2 mile long trail brings you past tons of waterfalls, up winding staircases, and you can swim in the natural pool at the base of Enfield Falls!
4. Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 19 mins
This old style train will take you on an amazing tour through New York's best attractions. This train ride has been around since the 80s and offers cool events throughout the year like Clown Train, Gang Train Robberies, Beer & Wine Train rides!
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1. Bar Harbour
Distance From Montreal: 6 hours 31 mins
There's a 1.5 mile long trail called Jesup Path Trail, starting at Hulls Cove in Bar Harbour that's seriously breathtaking. Explore the rocky coast of Acadia National Park and spend time reconnecting with nature in the lush forests!
2. Rattlesnake Flume and Pool
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours
This gorgeous natural pool hidden deep in the forest is something you've got to see once in your life. The water is so clear and blue it's shocking, perfect for a summer dip.
3. Gulf Hagas Mountain
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 52 mins
This area of Maine definitely deserves a spot of your roadtrip bucketlist this summer. You can hike Gulf Rim Trail, explore the impressive slate walls of Gulf Hagas, hike to the top of the mountain on the Appalachian Trail!
4. Androscoggin Swinging Bridge
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 41 mins
This breathtaking suspension bridge dates back to 1892! Despite the name, visitors shouldn't be afraid to cross it since it's been repaired several times over the years to ensure it's stability. Though it can be a bit wobbly at time given the weather, you'll get amazing views on sunny summer days!