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Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City

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Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City


We are 4 adults which are planning a road trip. We'll arrive 30 of June and leave again on the 19 of July - leaving us with 19 full days.

Our preliminary schedule can be seen below. We are going to rent a car when we leave New York. Comments on the itinerary would be appreciated. Is the allocation of days reasonably ? Any ideas to scenery, countryside worth visiting from New York to Niagara Falls and again from Niagara Falls to Washington? Other comments would be appreciated as well?

New York City from 30/6 to 5/7

- 6 Days Sightseeing

Travel from New York City to Niagara Falls from 6/7-7/7

- Any suggestions to scenery, countryside worth visiting along the way?

Niagara Falls from 8/7 -9/7

- See Waterfall, hiking etc.

Travel from Niagara Falls to Washington City on 10/7

- Long driving day. (is it worth stopping somewhere along the way and spending an extra day?)

Washington City from 11/7 - 14/7

- 4 days Sightseeing

Travel from Washington to Atlantic City on 15/7

- Drive and relax at beach in Atlantic City

Atlantic City from 16/7 - 18/7

- Explore Atlantic City and relax at beach

Fly home from New Ark on 19/7

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1. Re: Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City

On your way to Niagara Falls, you could visit the renown Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, if that is an interest, or the Finger Lakes region around Ithaca, especially if you like hiking and waterfalls IMO. Ithaca has a great farmers' market in the summer (check the schedule); it's the best that I've seen in the U.S.

Check out the Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride and the Welland Canal.


If you're interested in rock 'n roll, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is in downtown Cleveland, four hours southeast of Niagara Falls. Cleveland will have a full-service casino opening May 14 in the heart of its compact downtown area, one of the very few downtown casinos in a major urban area in the U.S. Personally, I would skip Atlantic City.

If you're interested in Cleveland, consider stopping at Presque Isle, just west of Erie, on your way to Cleveland. The surface water temperature there should be above 70 degrees F. by mid-July (Lake Erie's water temperature currently is five degrees F. above normal) and you could experience some of the best freshwater beaches in the U.S.

Waldameer Park at the entrance to Presque Isle is one of the few trolley amusement parks remaining in the U.S. There is no admission charge; visitors pay for rides individually. It features one of the best roller coasters in the world, one that actually crosses a four-lane freeway. You might be interested in comparing Waldameer to Tivoli Gardens, although they are very different.

Ohio Amish country, home of the largest Amish community in the world, is centered around Walnut Creek, two hours south of Cleveland and just southwest of Canton, Ohio.

You also could head directly south from Niagara Falls (I-90 to I-79), to visit the Grove City outlet malls (no sales tax on clothing in PA) and Pittsburgh (see the birth of the Ohio River from the top of the Duquesne Incline). The Ohio River actually carries more water than the northern Mississippi before the two rivers join in Illinois.



Then you could head east on I-76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike), possibly visiting Fallingwater (the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece) near the Donegal exit, or the Antietam National Battlefield at Sharpsburg, Maryland. Antietam is a beautiful park that belies that it was the site of the bloodiest day in American history, not even considering that the population of the U.S. at the time was only 35 million. This year is the sesquicentennial of the battle.



Obviously, your time is very limited, but when you take the time to visit Niagara Falls, it would be a shame to not visit a few other attractions in the region. Consider that on a subsequent visit, you easily can visit cities in the Northeast corridor (Boston, NYC, Philadelphia and Washington) using just rail, bus and mass transit.

Here are some threads that might interest you:

See especially posts 2 and 10 in this thread:


See post 5 here (Corning to Geneseo to Niagara Falls on your trip):





Good planning!

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2. Re: Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City

Hi Jonas;

Do your plans include visiting the Canadian side of Niagara Falls ?

• Just about every view YOU have seen of the Falls was taken from the Canadian side.

• Cleaner

• Much more to see and do.

Best Regards

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3. Re: Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City

Pittsburgh would be worth a stop. Its about 4 hours from Niagara Falls. Pittsburgh to Washington, DC is 5 hours.

In Pittsburgh take one of the inclines up to Mt. Washington for a great overview of the city. Do it at night. Take a riverboat cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Take the one hour sightseeing cruise to get a view of the city from the 3 rivers and the history of the city.




Here's a link to the Pittsburg visitors' guide (a bit overwhelming) with other things to see and do. http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/see-do/

But if you just want to use it as a stopover to break up the trip, I would highly recommend to 2 things I suggested.

At the lower station of the Monongahlia incline is the station square shops - shopping and eating.

I don't know what your eating preferences are but for a unique Pittsburgh eating experience - find a primanti Brothers. The sandwiches are served with cole slaw and french fries ON the sandwich, not on the side. It sounds odd, but it is a good tasting combination.


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4. Re: Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City

Thanks for the replies - they are all very helpful.

Some further questions:

- Is Catskill Mountains worth a visit from NYC to Niagara Falls ?

- If we where to skip Atlantic City, which places can be recommend if you want to stay at the beach and relax for a couple of days ?

- A stop in Pittsburgh seems like a good option. Is it possible to watch a sportsevents like NBA, NFL (or maybe just college football) in Pittsburgh in July ?

- Regarding Niagara Falls we are planning to stay on the Canadian side. Can somebody recommend a day tour from Niagara Falls on our second day ? Would love to see some beautiful Canadian Nature/scenery (maybe do a small day hike)

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5. Re: Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City

No football in the summer. Baseball games is what you will find that time of year.

Cape May and Rehoboth Beach would be alternatives to Atlantic City. Personally not been, but friends love that area.

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6. Re: Road trip New York-Niagara Falls-Washington-Atlantic City

Near Niagara Falls there is the whirlpool rapids and the butterfly conservatory and garden. There's a small park there.

Take a trip over to the welland Canal locks.

A trip up to Totonto can be done in a day. Just an idea but I see your preference is to see scenery. You do get to drive around Lake Ontario.

In Pittsburgh at that time of the year is baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Real nice stadium with a great view of the city. Tickets will be easy to get at the gate.

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