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Jun 26, 2015 09:53:54   #
Lazy J
 
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR thread as I was considering driving one way for an upcoming trip. However, just found out it will cost me $2,500 for a one way car rental and that limits me to 2 weeks. That's out.

Plan B: Now thinking about driving or taking train from Bayonne, NJ to the Boston area. Can you locals offer ideas of things to see and photograph? My subjects of choice are landscapes, national monuments, sunsets/sunrises, etc. Not too much into museums and childhood homes of famous people, etc.

Of particular interest is capturing the infamous fall color, I believe in and around the Boston area. Where exactly would I need to go to see this?

Thanks in advance!
 
Jun 26, 2015 12:40:34   #
MarkD
 
You can get Amtrak at Metropark,NJ. It's around Exit 131 or so on the Garden State Parkway. They have an indoor parking lot for long term parking. You can get some nice shots from the train especially if you travel business class. Otherwise the train can be pretty crowded.
Jun 26, 2015 12:52:10   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
Lazy J wrote:
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR thread as I was considering driving one way for an upcoming trip. However, just found out it will cost me $2,500 for a one way car rental and that limits me to 2 weeks. That's out.

Plan B: Now thinking about driving or taking train from Bayonne, NJ to the Boston area. Can you locals offer ideas of things to see and photograph? My subjects of choice are landscapes, national monuments, sunsets/sunrises, etc. Not too much into museums and childhood homes of famous people, etc.

Of particular interest is capturing the infamous fall color, I believe in and around the Boston area. Where exactly would I need to go to see this?

Thanks in advance!
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR th... (show quote)


That trip is SOOOOO short. When do you think you can stop for photos????
Jun 26, 2015 13:22:29   #
Lazy J
 
Well, unless I am mistaken, it is a 230 mile stretch or 5 hour drive. I know I want to spend at least a couple days exploring the Boston area, so, not being familiar with this area I am looking for must-see suggestions from those in the know. Depending on what and how many potential stops there are will determine if I travel by car or by train.
Jun 26, 2015 13:27:14   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
Lazy J wrote:
Well, unless I am mistaken, it is a 230 mile stretch or 5 hour drive. I know I want to spend at least a couple days exploring the Boston area, so, not being familiar with this area I am looking for must-see suggestions from those in the know. Depending on what and how many potential stops there are will determine if I travel by car or by train.


But a fast train trip. If you are considering a train trip, you are not really considering stopping.
Jun 26, 2015 13:32:59   #
Bill Houghton
 
I'm not a Bostonian, but I believe if you are looking to kind of use it as your Base. Folly Square, and the Historical trail, might be a good place to start, then there is the Harbor at night, a tour ride or ferry ride to Salem. Where you will pull up next the USS Salem. Which might not be there then, she is being moved to the Maritime Museum Near Boston Harbor. Believe you, won't be disappointed. There are photo ops all over Boston.
 
Jun 26, 2015 13:33:37   #
Lazy J
 
Thank you, but do you have anything helpful to offer that would support driving is the way to go. In other words, are there any must-see stops?
Jun 26, 2015 13:42:41   #
Bill Houghton
 
Lazy J wrote:
Thank you, but do you have anything helpful to offer that would support driving is the way to go. In other words, are there any must-see stops?


I travel across the United States Twice a year. Often taking a month each way. I try to plan my route as to be different the the last one, just for Photo Ops. And to be honest, every town, village, community has had it's own photo Ops. To start to tell you where they are along the route you plan, is insane. Sturbrige Village, Plymouth Village, Mystic Seaport, New Haven, Art museums, there all along the way. Each one is a day by it's self. That's one reason you were told 5 days isn't enough.
Jun 26, 2015 14:10:36   #
Leitz (a regular here)
 
Lazy J wrote:
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR thread as I was considering driving one way for an upcoming trip. However, just found out it will cost me $2,500 for a one way car rental and that limits me to 2 weeks. That's out.

Plan B: Now thinking about driving or taking train from Bayonne, NJ to the Boston area. Can you locals offer ideas of things to see and photograph? My subjects of choice are landscapes, national monuments, sunsets/sunrises, etc. Not too much into museums and childhood homes of famous people, etc.

Of particular interest is capturing the infamous fall color, I believe in and around the Boston area. Where exactly would I need to go to see this?

Thanks in advance!
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR th... (show quote)


Here are many links to information that should help you plan a motor trip (really, the only to see the country). I wish you a fruitful vacation!

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=partner-pub-1380809541018084%3A4766785855&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Autumn+Foliage+Trips&sa=Search#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=Autumn%20Foliage%20Trips&gsc.page=1
Jun 26, 2015 14:54:51   #
Paul in CT
 
If you are planning to drive, I would take I-95 and stopping in Mystic, Connecticut. The Mystic Seaport is a wonderful re-creation of a 19th century whaling port with several tall ships and nautical memorabilia. Take a look at some of my shots at a brief visit there last month:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8sgcPY
Jun 26, 2015 15:04:02   #
LFingar (a regular here)
 
Lazy J wrote:
Thank you, but do you have anything helpful to offer that would support driving is the way to go. In other words, are there any must-see stops?


If you were to drive you could go up I-95 and stop at Mystic Seaport, Ct and also visit the submarine museum and USS Nautilus at Groton, Ct. You could also cut over to Fall River, Ma to Battleship Cove. All are worth a visit if you have an interest in ships and such. If you are primarily interested in exploring Boston then take the train and save the hassle of driving. Central Boston, around Long Wharf offers numerous photo ops. The Harbor Walk lets you cover the whole area on foot with minimal hassle. The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) located at the Charlestown Navy Yard in neighboring Charlestown is worth a look.
The Boston area is so full of history that your biggest problem won't be finding things to photograph, it will be trying to photograph everything you find. It is not the easiest area to get around in driving though. I suggest you take the train.
Enjoy!
 
Jun 26, 2015 15:39:05   #
Photocraig
 
Lazy J wrote:
Thank you, but do you have anything helpful to offer that would support driving is the way to go. In other words, are there any must-see stops?


Driving is definitely the way to go. I suggest a circular trip. This can be done in reverse just as well.
Start North and follow the Hudson River, there are many many photo ops. There is an entire Landscape Art movement called the Hudson River School. Check them out and also robertrodriguezjr.com. He's a renowned young lanscape photographer in that fertile area.
At Albany, pick up I-90 East which turns in to the Massachussetts Turnpike which terminates in Boston. Along the way there are countless stops in Western Mass for scenery and foliage. I like Old Sturbridge Village as a restoration site in western Mass. It is beautifully done by the Rockafellers as they also did Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Plenty to see, plenty to photograph. And fewer tourist during foliage time because the kids ae in school--week days are best.

For the return, depending on your time, you can proceed South from Boston to Rhode Island for some great sea scapes, sunrises and beaches. then proceed westerly into Connecticut and on to the Connecticut Turnpike. Stops like Old Mystic Seaport has (or used to) the Cutty Sark a very inpressive China Clipper with raked masts unlike most others photographable sailing ships today. It looks like she's sailing at 20 Knots while tied up at teh dock. Follow east and don't miss the town of Milford with a beautiful "Green" and picturesque church--a perfect subject to frame with the "colors." A side trip to Danbury and other sights are in order. Then past or into NYC for some great Central Park pictures and back home.

Read your guidebook. Remenber, the "colors" migrate from North to south as the temperatures chill overnight. It is unquestionably the best time for the North East.

I seriously wouldn't compromise my trip or photo opportunities to the vagaries of Amtrac. However, if you do insist, take the train to Boston shooting out the window, sit on the right if you're taking the Coast route through Connecticut and you'll be rewarded with some good Long Island Sound shots and some old bridges. Then rent the car and drive back choosing the Mass Turnpike route to The Hudson River and then down. There are more photos waiting for you there that you could ever shoot. For an abbreviated itinerary, fly to Boston, rent a car and take my routes around the circle. You might find that the car rental is less expensive as well.

It is an extremely photogenic area with many charming towns and landmarks. And lot and lots of hardwood trees turning all shades of yellow, orange and red. Enjoy the trip and prepare with a little colonial history reading before you go. The must be some Founding Father and revolutionary footprints undisturbed somewhere in all that territory.
Jun 27, 2015 07:28:13   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Lazy J wrote:
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR thread as I was considering driving one way for an upcoming trip. However, just found out it will cost me $2,500 for a one way car rental and that limits me to 2 weeks. That's out.

Plan B: Now thinking about driving or taking train from Bayonne, NJ to the Boston area. Can you locals offer ideas of things to see and photograph? My subjects of choice are landscapes, national monuments, sunsets/sunrises, etc. Not too much into museums and childhood homes of famous people, etc.

Of particular interest is capturing the infamous fall color, I believe in and around the Boston area. Where exactly would I need to go to see this?

Thanks in advance!
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR th... (show quote)

There is lots to see in Boston. You could spend several days taking pictures all day long. There's a Duck Boat tour which I didn't find very interesting.

http://www.smartdestinations.com/blog/top-ten-pictures-to-take-in-boston/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/best-photo-shoot-locations-in-boston/

http://ask.metafilter.com/56053/Where-to-shoot-photos-in-Boston
Jun 27, 2015 08:39:11   #
bobmcculloch
 
Lazy J wrote:
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR thread as I was considering driving one way for an upcoming trip. However, just found out it will cost me $2,500 for a one way car rental and that limits me to 2 weeks. That's out.

Plan B: Now thinking about driving or taking train from Bayonne, NJ to the Boston area. Can you locals offer ideas of things to see and photograph? My subjects of choice are landscapes, national monuments, sunsets/sunrises, etc. Not too much into museums and childhood homes of famous people, etc.

Of particular interest is capturing the infamous fall color, I believe in and around the Boston area. Where exactly would I need to go to see this?

Thanks in advance!
I posted an earlier Bayonne, NJ to Portland, OR th... (show quote)


Unless Bean Town has some real attraction starting in Bayonne you have all of NYC , Long Island and the Hudson Valley, all accessible by both auto and rail, lots of monuments, historical areas, landscapes and sunset/sunrise areas, all less than a 5 hour drive, and I haven't enen thought about the NJ sights, Bob.
Jun 27, 2015 08:41:41   #
bobmcculloch
 
Driving to Boston, I have, I'd stop at Sturbridge Village, at the end of Rt84.
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