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Fam of 5- Orlando - NYC In 5 days, Please Help

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Fam of 5- Orlando - NYC In 5 days, Please Help

Just discovered this forum after being addicted to Orlando forum for the past couple of months. We are a family of 5 staying in Orlando for 7 nights checking out of hotel on a Monday and would like to arrive in NYC on Friday (could be Tues - Sat if we go to Kennedy Sapce Centre on Monday) To try and keep whole family happy our wish list is:

Possibly horse riding in the South?

Washington DC? (Happy just to see white house, capitol hill in 1 day trip dont have to stay in DC, where to stay just outside DC?)

Sports game? Last week of October, what season is it (could be a possibility when get to NYC)

Which is the best route to take & where should we avoid??

Sure I will have more questions later, Thanks

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1. Re: Fam of 5- Orlando - NYC In 5 days, Please Help

This will be a lovely drive - hopefully no early snowfalls.

As you drive into a new state, there is usually a travel center on the highway, where you can get coupons for motels, restaurants etc .. and free maps and lots of information. It saved us a lot of money last summer.

St Augustine on the coast in north east Florida has a great fort, which is worth visiting -- not forgetting a drive along the beach at Daytona!

You may like to drive to Atlanta -- it's a lovely city with lots to see and do, including Coca Cola, CNN, the Underground and the Olympic sites.

Savannah in Georgia is another beautiful city.

You can stay out of DC, but do stay near a Metro station and go into the city to Union Station, and get a hop-on-hop-off tour for the day .. which takes you to all the major sites. The tours leave from Union. A tip, try and get a ticket to the top of the Washington Monument -- the view is amazing. And its free, like most things in DC.

You could also drop the car off in DC, as you won't need one there, and maybe get the Amtrak train into New York? Takes 3 hours, and is very relaxing. The trains are great. Will drop you at Penn Station in NYC.

If you do drive to NYC, can I suggest you go via Gettysburg - it's just north west of DC ... and a great place to visit. (Stop at Cozy Inn at Thurmont on the way for a very cheap buffet lunch!) I think it was $7.59 last summer... amazing.

Then you could continue along Hyw 30, through York, and then through the town of Intercourse, which is Amish country - and onto the New Jersey Turnpike near Morgantown into NYC.

We dropped our hire car off at Newark, to save driving into the city. Although I would loved to have drive down 5th Avenue ... but decided against it.

As for sports, check the websites for the sport you want, to see if they are playing .. their timetables are usually on there. Although we had trouble getting Dodger tickets last year, so we had to get someone in the US to get them for us. But you may be able to get them on the day, depending on where you go.

Have a look at these websites .. you could get some ideas for the driving itinerary.








Planning is part of the fun .. and you'll enjoy it.

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2. Re: Fam of 5- Orlando - NYC In 5 days, Please Help

Will 2nd the suggestion in Washington DC to take a hop on/hopoff tour. We enjoyed this one last year. Fair price, friendly helpful narrators and we saw a lot! There is so much to see there, one day won't do it justice, but with the trolley tour you can get a good overview and stop off at places that interest you.


Post on the "District of Columbia" forum for info about hotels. Outlying ones are better priced and usually include breakfast of some sort. The metro is fast, efficient, safe and reasonably priced.

If you cannot arrange a ticket for the Washington Monument (it's very popular), go up the Old Post Office Tower. Also free, no lines or crowds, and a great view.

Horseback riding - try this place in Kissimee, near Orlando:


Here is a little spot right near Orlando that is a teeny slice of American history .... tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34402-d1643…

Also, I would suggest a stop by a historic sugar mill plantation on your way to St Augustine. Florida history ... tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34221-d1633…

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3. Re: Fam of 5- Orlando - NYC In 5 days, Please Help

Thanks...am liking the idea of the bus/trolley tour in DC and also the Amish Country and we will stop in each State for the travel center, Keep the ideas coming......Any thoughts on South of the Border??

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4. Re: Fam of 5- Orlando - NYC In 5 days, Please Help

St. Augustine, Savannah, Atlanta and Gettysburg already require at least one full day each not to mention DC. So I don't see how you can get from Orlando to NYC in 5 days with the mentioned visits on your way.

Also, if you leave the interstates and are going to drive the byways (like in Amish Country) tons of traffic lights and a lot of cars are your share. It's beautiful but you certainly need your time in PA and NJ. Our average speed the day from NJ via Amish/Lancaster/York to Gettysburg was less than 35 mph.


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5. Re: Fam of 5- Orlando - NYC In 5 days, Please Help

The NE of the USA is so confined, towns so close together, so much traffic, that it always takes more time than what anyone tells you -- and don't forget traffic jams, road works and places you see on the way where you want to stop, which you didn't know about in your plans.

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