Need some itinerary suggestions
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Jan 14, 2013 8:36 PM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Jan 13, 2013 8:13 PM
Need some itinerary suggestionsArriving at LAX and flying to Chicago/Indianapolis, we will then be in Washington DC until 28th May, have to be in Saratoga Springs for a wedding on 9th June and leaving from LAX on 12th June.
How to fill in the remaining time? My original idea was to fly from Washington to Niagara Falls, then travel to Toronto and/or Montreal for a few days before getting the train down to Saratoga for the wedding, and then flying back to Los Angeles for a couple of days. But it all seems just a lot of big cities (apart from Niagara) and I'm wondering if there are some more scenic places we could fit in around this area. On the West Coast there are all the well-known National Parks, but I'm a bit vague about the east coast offerings. Can you suggest something outstanding?
Jan 13, 2013 9:07 PM
Jan 13, 2013 10:07 PM
2Am thinking about the days between Washington and Saratoga, if we scrapped Niagara and Montreal. Thanks for those places, I'll check them out.
Jan 14, 2013 4:38 AM
3So you're going to land in Washington and you have an extended week in late may orearly june before you have to be in Saratoga. You like scenic (presumably nature related) sites is that about it?
If so the first things that come to mind are
-Chincotegue/Assateague, and Chesapeake Bay
- Blue Ridge Mountains, Smokey Mountains etc..
I can comment more when I understand your needs/interests better.
Jan 14, 2013 4:39 AM
4If your idea of visiting National Parks is mostly via driving, short works, nice vistas, and staying in hotels or lodges then the rec's of #1 (Smokey Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks) are probably your best bet. However, if you might be interested in camping, canoeing, or staying in a wilderness lodge - and are still keen on Niagara and Montreal - then I would consider a side trip to Algonquin Provincial Park, about 3 hours north of Toronto. It's absolutely beautiful and quite a bit more quiet than parks in the US. As well, you could spend some time in Adirondack State Park between Montreal and Saratoga Springs. It presents a nice mix of mountain hiking and small, picturesque towns. A third option is a visit to Kingston and the Thousands Islands between Toronto and Montreal, though that's not worth more than a day or two.
Jan 14, 2013 5:00 AM
It almost sounds like you want to do this by public transit. That will make getting to "more scenic" places much more difficult, and may make some impossible to reach.
So please clarify: are you willing/able to rent a car?
Jan 14, 2013 5:03 AM
6Camping in the outdoors in early June in Canada can be a tad nippy....
I dont understand why people go to Niagara Falls, its very touristy and overrated IMO, plenty of prettier and less developed waterfalls in the world, Venezuela's Angel Falls come to mind, and the ones in SE Asia on the Cambodia/Laos border...
What about the Acadia NP?
But the area around Asheville, Smokies and Blue Ridge parkways is really great scenery, outdoors and fun times, the arts, blue grass music and great farm to table food movement with the low country twist.
Or Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown/JamesTown areas on the
Jan 14, 2013 12:14 PM
7So you're going to land in Washington and you have an extended week in late may or early june before you have to be in Saratoga. You like scenic (presumably nature related) sites is that about it?
These are 180 miles apart.+
Yes, I know - we have organised our time there (visiting someone in Indianapolis after Chicago).
It almost sounds like you want to do this by public transit.
Preferably, yes. That's why Niagara and Montreal seems an easy option.
Thanks for all the suggestions, people. I'll check them all out.
Jan 14, 2013 12:24 PM
8By public transport? Why didnt you mention that? Travel in the US via public transport is not very good, well, actually, it just sucks. Outside of the major cities of San Fran, Chicago, NYC, Boston, DC and Philly, getting about via bus is limiting and not always the best parts of a given city either. Check Mega Bus...
But I obviously would not of suggested driving around the Carolinas....for gods sake, be clear in your needs and request...Jeezus
Jan 14, 2013 12:29 PM
Jan 14, 2013 12:48 PM
10FWIW, I was camping in Ontario early June of last year. Beautiful weather, swimming in the lake, no sweater necessary...it varies by year but generally by late May it's doable...at least in southern Ontario (e.g. Algonquin.)
That being said, like US parks, it's hard to get to Canadian parks by public transit. There is a bus to Algonquin but it only runs on weekends. Another option is to find a trip somewhere out of the city you are visiting. For both US and Canadian cities, check the local Sierra Club. In Toronto and Montreal, visit Mountain Equipment Co-op to see if anyone is organizing a trip. If there is an REI in the US cities you are at, then check there. Otherwise, use Google to find a hiking club or store that offers tours. Likely these trips will be only offered on weekends.
True what an above poster was saying; Niagara Falls definitely feels like a busy city and a less enjoyable, less attractive one at that, compared to the others on this list. If you want to experience somewhere quieter and still stick to public transportation, then consider Kingston (halfway between Toronto and Montreal, accessible by Via Rail or Megabus) or Ottawa (it's a big city but very quiet and homey (yes, some say boring...but I like it!)), also accessible by Via or Greyhound.
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Jan 14, 2013 8:36 PM
14Something Outstanding? You want to see National Parks and culture and history, you need a car, period. Its the US, even in Hawaii.
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