Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 23, 2013 4:02 PM Last Post By: LongIslandBob
Apr 22, 2013 1:36 PM
North-East RoadtripHello to all
We are 4 swiss guys between the Age 22 and 25. We are planing on doing a roadtrip from New York to Chicago in July with a rented car. We have already booked the flights but during the 3 to 4 weeks in between we are pretty flexible.
Our plan is to stay in NY for a Little while and head up North later to visit Boston, cross the border and go to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto (I know this is not the Canada Forum but maybe if someone of you still has made some good/bad experiances i would be very happy to hear about them). After that maybe a short stop in Detroit and then end the trip in Chicago (We are all into hockey maybe that influences our trip a bit hehe). We were also thinking about maybe go check out Philadelphia and even Washington. But since were flying into NYC thats not exactely along the way. Do you think it is still worth the drive?
We would like to get to know those cities at daytime as well as at night. maybe visit a historical site once in a while (War of Independence / Civil War Museums maybe) but other than that were also just into experiancing the City life and hang out, maybe go Shopping a bit.
If anyone of you would have any tipps or recomendations for us for places that might intresst us i would be very happy to hear them :) also maybe good Hotels, Motels, bars, Clubs and stuff like that. particularely i wonder if it is possible to go Swimming somewhere a Long the way, maybe in one of the great lakes (Chicago) or even the ocean. Also on the map there isnt any national park anywhere Close (maybe maine but thats probalby a bit too much off our track). But are there maybe any places along the way we have to go check out the Landscapes?
Thank you already for your time
Apr 22, 2013 1:58 PM
July 4th is Independence Day. That weekend (Thur-Sun this year) will be a heavily traveled period, especially for beaches.
There are beaches in Chicago and NYC.
You could also go to the Indiana Dunes, Cape Cod, or plenty of other places along the New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts coasts.
Acadia is well worth the effort, but be aware that it does get busy, and cheap lodging books fast.
You could also look into Delaware Water Gap, which is close to NYC and offers plenty of trails.
Oh, and the aforementioned Cape Cod, which contains a large stretch of national seashore.
Aside from "national" parks, there are also plenty of state parks.
Adirondack Park in upstate NY is larger than some states.
Franconia Notch and the White Mountains (including Mount Washington) may be less of a detour, given your chosen cities.
And let's not forget the parks of Canada.
Apr 23, 2013 5:49 AM
Apr 23, 2013 7:13 AM
3One problem that you may encounter is taking a rental car out of the country. New York and Boston have good bus and subway systems so you would not need (and not want the hassle of) a car in those cities, Both Boston and NYC are not fun to drive in and parking is expensive. I am not sure about Montreal.
You can travel the east coast from NYC to Boston and then to Montreal by Greyhound Bus. NYC to Boston is also a good train trip. Greyhound has a 30 day pass that is quite reasonable.
I would recommend traveling between the major cites by bus or train and then renting a car once you get there. This would avoid drop of charges and only renting when you need it would save a lot of $$
Apr 23, 2013 11:25 AM
4The NE corridor (DC-Philly- Atlantic City- NYC-Boston) is easily traveled w/o renting a car. I travel it with a car frequently but I have a family of 3 and I don't have to pay to rent the car.
A car does allow you the freedom to take any of the numerous beautiful side trips along the way (Gettysburg etc.). With 4 guys it might be worth it, but you should do the math. Megabus vs. car rental for 1 is different than megabus vs car rental for 4.
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Apr 23, 2013 11:44 AM
5With 4 people you are probably better off renting a car, even in the NE corridor. I haven’t done the math, but the convenience is great.
I would start with this general plan:
1. Fly to NYC and drive to Was DC on arrival day.
2. A lazy sleep day in DC (jet lag)
3. A great day in DC
4. Rent a car see Baltimore drive to Philadelphia
5. See Philadelphia, eat scrapple, eat cheesesteak, watch sports
6. Drive to a S. Jersey Beach and enjoy
7. Enjoy some more
8. Drive to NYC
11. Hike in the Hudson valley or Adirondacks
12. Drive to Montreal or Niagara
13. See Montreal or Niagara
14. Return to NYC
15. Fly back
Note this means you rent your car in DC but return it in NYC.
You may add or subtract as you see fit, but given your schedule, that’s a pretty decent starting point.
Apr 23, 2013 12:21 PM
6In New Jersey, you could go to a casino in Atlantic City if that is your thing.
Having worked for a Swiss organization and entertained people from the home office, I would recommend that instead of driving through the Adirondacks, you head north of Boston to Maine and visit the seacoast for a bit. When people came from the home office they always wanted to see the ocean.
On the way to the Maine coast, stop at the Kittery Trading Post (an outdoor sporting goods store) and also visit the outlet malls.
When you back track to Portsmouth New Hampshire, you can take Route 4 to Concord New Hampshire and then Route 89 to Canada and Montreal.
Apr 23, 2013 12:43 PM
7For a portion of your trip, having a car is an expensive handicap. NYC, Boston, Philly, DC have good transportation and expensive parking. Hotels in the cities don't provide free parking.
I would suggest flying into Boston instead of NYC. Spend some time in Boston, THEN rent a car for the Canada portion of your trip. You can rent cars that will permit you to cross the border, but you have to be specific about it. Only certain car rental locations will offer that type of rental.
Do a big circular road trip, including Chicago, then drive back to Boston. Drop off the car. (Avoid large fees for one-way rentals).
From Boston, take Amtrak train or a bus to NYC. Hang out there for awhile, then Amtrak or bus to Philly, then DC. Fly home from DC.
There are LOTS of places to go swimming and there is great landscape scenery all along the route. There are ocean beaches near Boston, or you may decide to take a ferry to Provincetown (at the end of Cape Cod) and spend a couple of days there.
Apr 23, 2013 4:02 PM
I usually recommend public transportation for the NE corridor, but since there are 4 people in the party it might be worthwhile to rent a car. I don't know. I haven't done the math.
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