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Epic Family Road Trip: New York City To Montreal


Family road trips are a staple for family vacations. They offer great opportunities to create memories, unplug with kids, and travel at a pace that fits best everyone on board. 

The key to a successful family road trip is to do choose stops that are great for little ones and fun for parents. Use the Gowhee App to find places for kids, recommended by local parents, along the way.

What road trips are really worth your time? To make it easy for you, we selected some epic road trips to take with kids, and here is the one from New York City to Montreal

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Road Trip Highlights

454 Miles – Straight drive: 8:30min – Toll: Yes – Border Crossing: Yes – Campsite and RV spots: Yes

Once you leave the city and drive north, you will quickly start to be surrounded by mountains. This road trip is all about discovering small towns, eating in great farm-to-table restaurants, and of course, enjoying the great outdoors

Upstate New York and Vermont are filled with lakes, waterfalls, and shaded hikes. What we love most is the mild weather temps in the summer and tons of great events hosted in breweries and wineries along the way.

>>> Find places for kids in Montreal

Best time to go with kids? 

Great for summer vacation, but perfect in the fall (October) to catch a glimpse of the foliage colors.

Stop 1: Hudson Valley

Little boy climbing on art structure in the Omi Art Center
Picture from Gowhee App: Interactive Art Structures in the Omi -Outdoor Art Exhibit

Stop 2: Southern Vermont (Manchester + Woodstock)


  • Drive on top of Equinox mountain to enjoy a picnic and amazing views.


  • Take an art class at the Manchester Art Studio, reserve your spot in advance.


  • Or enjoy the local playground at the Rec center. It is a huge playground, with accessible structures, skate ramps, and mountain views!


  • Then, drive a little east and eat dinner at the Tuckerbox. This Turkish restaurant has an authentic kids menu, great staff, and is facing an old 19-century train, where kids can climb on.

>>> Find more kid-friendly restaurants in Vermont

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Stop 3: Stowe and Burlington

  • Have breakfast at the Friendly Toast restaurant in Burlington with an extensive menu for kids and mimosa flights for parents. Watch for the long wait, put yourself on their waitlist!


  • Visit the nature and science museum, ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. It is full of hands-on learning opportunities for kids, with beautiful views of Lake Champlain.

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Do not miss these places for kids: 

  • June Farm NY is a great place to stop for a few hours. Kids will have fun running around safely to meet all the animals, while parents can sip and stroll along.


  • The Montshire Science museum in Norwich VT. They have great exhibits indoors and a whole park around the museum with water play, natural play structures, and kid-friendly trails.
Boy looking at a pig during an epic family road trip in June Farm NY
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Cool spot to sleep along the way: 

This Airbnb apartment is near Manchester VT. It is a  charming loft apartment that has 2 bedrooms, one with a bunk bed, sleeps up to 7, and is all equipped for kids and adults alike.

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For the foodie families: 

  • Yum Yum is a great restaurant in Woodstock, NY with delicious food along with a relaxing atmosphere. Their large picnic tables are especially great for large families.

  • Copper fox in Springfield VT, has a great selection of locally sourced food, amazing pizza, and must-try brussels sprouts. Reservations are recommended.

Family photo Checklist: 

  • The Maker Hotel Lobby in Hudson, NY is one of the most popular photo spots in upstate New York.

  • Foliage road in Stowe Vermont. A quick walk from the Barnes Camp Visitor Center‘s parking lot.

  • The Covered Bridge in Woodstock Vermont. Across the street from the Woodstock Inn.
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