Mary Kevin Welch 301 643-4453
This circuit will start in Jacksonville, FL as the most southern location on the Eastern Seaboard and will follow along the coast to Bangor, ME as the most northern location. Highlights include the Outer Banks, Washington, DC, Hersey, PA, the Atlantic Boardwalk, NYC, Cape Cod and Acadia National Park with many others along the way. A Coordinator has not yet claimed this circuit, so one is needed, and changes may be made once the Coordinator is in place. The number of participants will need to be limited due to the number of sites available at most of the stops that are Moose or Elk Lodges, I would suggest no more than 10 or 12. Please note that several Federal campgrounds are included, and they all now require reservations to be made through Recreation.gov. It is highly recommended that reservations be made as far in advance as possible to ensure a spot.
Take a rugged trek on the Appalachian Trail that runs just north of Harrisburg or find a tree-lined trail run through one of the nearby parks. Grab a paddle and spend the day kayaking or canoeing along the Susquehanna River or take a spin on the Capitol Area Bike trail that connects the city parks in Harrisburg. Tour the Capitol Complex, the Art Association and the Pennsylvania Museum in downtown Harrisburg. Drive to Hersey to explore the infamous town of chocolate and do some tasting.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA
From I-81N, take Exit 80 and turn left onto Bow Creek Rd, go .8mi and turn right onto Hollywood Blvd to arrive at Casino.
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Greg Smith 928 846-5921
Visit Atlantic City, the Convention Center and the Boardwalk Hall to see the world’s largest pipe organ, Historical Society’s Roundhouse Museum, German Community, the Naval Air Museum. Tour the marsh on a pontoon boat.
Elks Lodge, 1815 Somers Point Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
From I-76E, keep left at the fork to stay on Atlantic City Expy E, go 10mi and take Exit 7S toward Parkway S, keep left follow signs for Cape May, go 6.9mi take exit 30 toward N Laurel Dr, turn right onto New Rd, go .6mi turn right onto Atlantic 559/Mays Landing Rd, go 1.1mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the Left. Donations.
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From Westwood take the train to NYC, Penn Station and take the Big Bus Tour to see all the sites the city has to offer. It will take a few days to get in all the sites, like Central Park, the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Times Square and so much more available. Visit Jersey City to see their 9/11 Memorial.
Elks Lodge, 523 Kinderkamack Rd, Westwood, NJ 07675 (201) 666-1562
From the Garden State Parkway/I-95, take Exit 168 and turn right onto Washington Ave, go .6mi and turn left onto Pascack Rd, go .4mi and turn right onto Hillsdale Ave, go 1.2mi and turn right onto Kinderkamack Rd, go .3mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the left.
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Visit the Submarine Force Museum to see the historic ship Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. Tour the Avery Point Lighthouse, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, and take a walk on the Poquonnock River Walkway. The Foxwoods Casino offered senior buffets twice a week, and the Mohegan Casino has beautiful architecture. The Gatehouse Tavern, an old historic gatehouse is also a treat not to be missed.
Elks Lodge, 700 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340, (860) 445-2163
From I-95N, take Exit 87 for CT-349 S/Clarence B Sharp Hwy, go 1.5mi continue straight onto Brandegee Ave., go 1.4mi and arrive at the Elks Lodge on the Left.
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Visit Cape Cod and the National Seashore and maybe sight a whale, take a ride or walk on Cape Cod Canal Bike Path, Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, see Plymouth Rock and a reproduction of the Mayflower, Sandwich Glass Museum. Visit the Bristol Elks to watch the sunset over the bay. Bristol Elks has a boat docking facility, so it can be reached by land or by sea.
Elks Lodge, 2855 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham, MA
From I-195E, take exit 22A for MA-25E toward Cape Cod, go 2.9 miles and take exit 2 toward US-6/MA-28/Wareham and turn right onto Maple Springs Rd, go .3 miles and continue straight onto MA-28 S, go .4mi and turn left onto Depot St, go 450 ft and turn left onto US-6 W, arrive at Elks Lodge on the left. Donations. Phone (508) 295-6000
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Take a walking tour of the historic downtown area and the Waterfront Park. Bike the Clipper City Rail Trail that takes you over the Merrimack River. Visit Plum Island Beach and the lighthouse. Tour the Merrimack River Station of the Coast Guard, the birthplace of the Coast Guard.
Elks Lodge, 25 Low St, Newburyport, MA
From I-95N, take exit 56 for Scotland Rd toward Newbury, go 2.7mi continue straight onto Graf Road, do .5mi turn right onto Low St, arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations. This is a rather small parking lot for the Lodge, they do have one site with Electric hookups.
N42.80662, W70.88085 – Click on link to see Google Map
Dana Skaggs 217 971-3083
Crescent Beach, Rockland; Owls Head State Park (SP), Owls Head; Birch Point Beach SP, Port Clyde; Camden Hills SP, Camden (bird watching); numerous towns including Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Port Clyde; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, 16 Museum St, ; Maine Lighthouse Museum, Sail Power & Steam Museum, Project Puffin Visitor Center; Maine Maritime Museum; Penobscot Marine Museum; Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, Rockland Breakwater Light; Mount Battie hike, Camden; Monhegan Island ferry from Port Clyde, Puffin Nature Cruise from Port Clyde; kayaking.
Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin St, Rockland, ME
From I-95N keep right to continue on I-295N following signs for S Portland/Downtown Portland, go 28mi use right 2 lanes for Exit 28 for US-1N, go 2.4mi and turn left onto US-1N/Mill St, go 8.5mi keep left to stay on US-1N, go 41mi and turn left onto Meadow Rd/Old Country Rd, go 3.1mi and turn right onto Rankin St, go .2mi turn right onto Soffayer Dr and arrive at the Elks Lodge. There are a few electric sites available. Donations.
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Dana Skaggs 217 971-3083
Visit Acadia National Park, Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show, Downeast Scenic Railroad, Big Chicken Barn. Take a drive to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory which is the tallest bridge observatory in the world at 447 feet tall and tour Fort Knox which is full of history and great architecture.
Elks Lodge, 317 High St, Ellsworth, ME
From US-1N, turn right onto High St, go 1.5 miles to arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations.
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Dana Skaggs 217 971-3083
Tour both the Art Museum and the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine. Visit the Cole Land Transportation Museum, Paul Bunyan Statue, and the home of Steven King. Perhaps take in a show at the Penobscot Theatre Co. Take a walk or bike the Waterfront on the Penobscot River. Lots of great restaurants nearby.
Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Rd, Bangor, ME
From Oak St headed North, take the I-395W ramp to I-95/Bangor, go 5.2mi turn right onto Odlin Rd, go .7mi to arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations.
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