Doing some early (speculative) planning for a possible two-week trip to Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania in summer 2018 (probably early July, which I assume is a good time to go), and of course I'm finding that there's limited info available in the form of familiar travel guidebooks (which is both a challenge and exciting - I'm not a fan of crowds).
In terms of "coming and going" to/from the USA, I'm guessing that Helsinki, Stockholm or Warsaw would make good access points for our long-range flights (from/to the US west coast). I assume that flights from these regional gateways would be pretty easy/pretty inexpensive to connect to the Baltic capitols (or I suppose the ferry from Helsinki is another obvious choice).
What are the best ways to get around in these countries? I'm guessing that renting a car is not a viable option if one hopes to start in one country and drop off in another (due to big fees). OTOH, if one wants to get out from the major cities and explore the coastal areas or countryside, a car is helpful...a common dilemma. Suggestions for transport?
Finally, Kaliningrad also looks intriguing - in addition to being a geographical oddity (disconnected from Russia but part of it) its certainly got quite a history (/understatement), I can only imagine it must have some interesting sights, no?...
Any recommendations? Thanks!