When the snow melts and the sun starts staying out longer, it is normal for our minds to wander to the many places we can reach. Luckily, residents have their pick of summer road trips from Montreal. The geographic diversity in our little corner of North America makes for some pretty memorable adventures.
From the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the beaches of Maine and the mountains of Upstate New York, anything is possible.
The following destinations were selected because of the variety of experiences they represent.
Those who prefer more athletic weekend getaways will find a number of options for hikes with magnificent summer views.
Other coastal communities might require a longer stay to take full advantage of their many sites and activities.
More cultural experiences await in some of the small cities on this list.
Start planning. As soon as you're able to meet your friends, build a road trip playlist, and pack some snacks, hiking shoes, and a bathing suit, you'll be ready to hit the road.
Distance: Five hours
This adorable town located on Maine's southern coast has everything you will ever want for a weekend away. Beach, grassy dunes, cliff walks with coastal views, a lighthouse and some of the best seafood you will ever try.
There are also theatres and museums for you to check out during your stay, along with a ton of great hotels to pick from!
Acadia National Park, Maine
Distance: Six hours and 20 minutes
Acadia National Park is also located in Maine but it offers a different vibe than the above-mentioned location. Acadia National Park occupies Mount Desert Island, a unique landscape composed of woodland, rocky beaches, and granite peaks, including Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the U.S. East Coast.
There is also a ton of wildlife including moose, seabirds, and whales.
If that is not enough to have you dreaming of visiting, eateries, bars and shops are abundant, making this a go-to vacation spot.
Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Distance: Four hours and 15 minutes
The sprawling lake in the foothills of the White Mountains is surrounded by dozens of charming New England villages, tourist attractions, parks, and hiking trails.
Its natural and cultural attractions, as well as its photogenic appeal, make it a must-see for any road trip lover living in Montreal.
Lake Placid, New York
Distance: Two hours
Located in the New York Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid was home to the Winter Olympic games in 1980. The spot is best known for being a winter sports hub but its beaches and abundant nature make it a perfect summer destination for city-weary Montrealers.
Distance: Five hours and 30 minutes
For those of you dreaming about going somewhere far away from Montreal, Tadoussac may be the place for you.
From whale watching and bird sanctuaries to adorable chapels and micro-breweries, Tadoussac does not lack in fun-filled activities to check out.
Keep an eye out for passing whales.
La Malbaie, Quebec
Distance: Four hours 15 minutes
Located in the Charlevoix-Est Regional County, La Malbaie is one of those places you will never forget. The surrounding nature, amazing eateries, breathtaking gardens, and Casino will keep you busy throughout your entire stay.
North Conway, New Hampshire
Distance: Three hours 45 minutes
From North Conway, you can venture to Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast U.S., and hike or take a train to the top.
Distance: Three hours and 45 minutes
This picturesque city is set on a rocky peninsula that extends into Casco Bay. The waterfront vistas, arts scene, adorable restaurants, and great hotels make it a top weekend destination.
Distance: Five hours and 20 minutes
Meriden, Connecticut is full of shopping, nature, and beautiful parks. It's even home to a castle!
Saratoga Springs, New York
Distance: Three hours and 15 minutes
Saratoga Springs is known for its horse races, views, epic eateries, great shopping, and, of course, its mineral springs.
Just over three hours from Montreal, Saratoga Springs is a great place for anyone looking for a little relaxation and leisure.
Distance: Five hours and 30 minutes
Salem is a city steeped and history and, more recently, some pretty cool cultural activities and trendy eateries.
Stroll along the oceanfront boardwalk dotted with amusement park rides and arcade games after completing your haunted tour.
Also be sure to hit the acclaimed Peabody-Essex Museum before dining out downtown.
When you run out of things to do you can lounge at one of the many nearby beaches.
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