Quick Trip to the Northeast - Day Four

Today's starting point: Portland, Maine

Today's destination: Springfield, Massachusetts

First stop, Starbucks in Maine...with no luck finding a Been There mug. We stopped at a couple of Starbucks in Maine, but were told that the mugs there sell out as soon as they get them in stock. I have looked for them online, but crazy people are selling them for $25 to $60...what! I don't need one of the mugs THAT badly!

Anyway, back to the trip and some of today's stops along the way.

Normally, the quick route from Portland, Maine to Springfield, Massachusetts would be about 3 hours and 11 minutes. But Matthew needed to get to Vermont to check that state off of his list of states visited. So we took the scenic route from Portland, Maine over towards Brattleboro, Vermont. This route would take us more like 4 hours with no stopping. But Matthew found a few things for us to explore today.

First up, Franklin Pierce's grave site in Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire:

Franklin Pierce's grave site
Franklin Pierce's grave site

This grave site was a little easier to find than Joshua Chamberlain's. But you can see that both men were graduates of Bowdoin College.

On the drive to Vermont

I was enjoying being the passenger on the drive today!

Next stop, trying to find Rudyard Kipling's home...

Is this Rudyard Kipling's home

We knew this one would be a long shot, especially since the home is not open to the public. Apparently, the home in Vermont is where Kipling wrote 'The Jungle Book' and a couple other books. At least we can say we were on Kipling Road in Vermont.

We never saw a Starbucks while we were in Vermont, so no luck on the 'Been There' mugs in this state either.

And just like that, we were back in Massachusetts...

Massachusetts state line

We both found somewhere to stop by before heading to the hotel for the night.

Dr. Suess National Memorial Sculpture Garden

The Dr. Suess National Memorial Sculpture Garden is a free area to explore in Springfield, Massachusetts. This is definitely a must see spot!

This next stop is probably ever LEGO-loving boy's dream spot!

Outside LEGO USA headquarters

If you are ever in or near Enfield, Connecticut, be sure to swing by the outside of LEGO USA Headquarters to see these giant LEGO bricks! Not really anything else to see here, but definitely a photo worthy stop!

Since there are no In 'n Out Burgers on the east coast, we settled on Five Guys for dinner. Still prefer In 'n Out Burgers, but I loved the cherry milkshake at Five Guys, yum!

Cherry milkshake at Five Guys

And just like that, we were at the end of day four...

Sunset from the hotel room

The last sunset on the east coast from this trip...

Missed the posts from the first three days? You can read about day one here, day two here, and day three here.

Stay tuned for one more post from this trip!