When you’re looking for a unique vacation idea, remember that some of the best picks will be the ones you’ve never heard about. While tourists are packing into the most famous resorts and cities, a different breed of savvy traveler is seeking the roads less traveled. If you’d like to find an out-of-the-way journey that you can enjoy at your own pace, you should plan your next vacation to be an RV tour through the St. John River Valley!
The St. John River creates part of the border between Maine and New Brunswick, and it’s one of the longest rivers in the eastern portion of Canada. Life is slower in the St. John River Valley, but that’s how the residents of the area like it. And this is what makes it a great choice for an exciting RV vacation. In order to get started on your trip, pick out your favorite RV and then travel north on Interstate 95 through Maine.
When you cross the border into New Brunswick, head for Hartland and you’ll find yourself crossing the Hartland Covered Bridge. If it doesn’t look like a normal covered bridge, that’s because it isn’t. At 1,282 feet, it’s one of the world’s longest! The bridge was originally built in 1901, but it wasn’t until twenty years later that the entire structure was covered. It’s a beautiful local landmark that has been featured on national postage stamps, and it also had the honor of being crossed by a torchbearer before the 1988 Winter Olympics. Called a “kissing bridge” by locals, it’s a great spot to stop for a moment and steal a smooch from your own loved one!
Drive further east and you’ll find the living history settlement of King’s Landing. Actors in period-accurate costumes live out the lives of settlers in the 1800’s that called this area home. It’s a rich mixture of French, English and native history that comes together in a fully explorable town. Move from house to house and try your hand at frontier skills such as churning butter and spinning wool. Your kids might just think that your RV has traveled back in time!
Next, head north to the town of Grand Falls where you will find the magnificent waterfall that it is named for. At 75 feet high, Grand Falls Gorge waterfall is the biggest falls east of Niagara Falls. You can walk down trails to the water’s edge and admire the sheer granite walls of the gorge, and it’s also a great spot for a picnic lunch.
If you want a much closer (and more exciting) view of the falls, head over to Open Sky Adventures. This amazing adventure company will let you “deepell” (that means to do a forward facing rappel) 135 feet down the gorge walls, or you can zip line over the river itself! Your family will never forget the experience of flying through the air over the gorgeous rushing waters.
When you drive home after your journey through the St. John River Valley in New Brunswick, you will have experienced a rare adventure through towns and villages that rarely get seen by outsiders. It’s off the beaten path, but all the best vacations are!
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