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East Coast USA trip advice

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East Coast USA trip advice

Hi,

I am planning an east coast trip for end of july 2015 and would like some help with destinations. We are big baseball fans so a lot of the trip will be planned around seeing some games, I know the new season games schedule is out in september so will be booking when there out to plan around, My schedule is at the moment. Boston, Newport, Plymouth, Long Island,New York, Atlantic City,philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. We hope to do it in 3 weeks, I haven't decided how long to stay in each place so would appreciate help if this is a good schedule and also are these places all good to visit, There will be 3 of us, My wife and 16 year old son. I will be using a car so will need to book hotels with parking, I will probably stay on the east side of new york around the La Guardia area as we would like to go to Citi field to see the mets game

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1. Re: East Coast USA trip advice

I would say it's a doable plan depending on how long you spend in each location but I'd make a couple of suggestions.

I've visited a number of your locations (Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington) and all of them are great places to visit with a number of non baseball attractions - Boston was my favourite with Washington the least favourite but I enjoyed them all.

In my experience hotels with free or cheap car parking tend to be located outside the main tourist areas and car park costs elsewhere can be mega expensive and driving in the likes of NYC can be challenging - you might want to consider using Amtrak for travel between some of the cities as the north east is one of the few areas where this is a viable option.

I would also consider your hotel choice in NY - staying outside Manhattan denies you easy access to some of the main tourist sites, would public transport to the game be a better option.

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Hi toffeeboy1, welcome to the forum, and thanks for re-posting.

In three weeks you should be able to cover that ground, are you sure you want to use a car, given many of the cities are well connected by public transport?

Its obviously going to depend a little on the MBL schedules, but hard to see how you will not hit a game or two, or more.

As for itinerary, not sure I would bother with AC, reminded me of Blackpool with casinos, some of which are closing or closed ( Revel, Trump), or if so just a night or drive through visit for a few hours will do.

3 days for Boston, 4 days or more for NYC, 3 days for DC, 2 days for Philly, 2 days Baltimore, fill the rest in and re-jigg for the ball games.

I quite like Baltimore, a bit run down in places, but Camden Yards is a really interesting ball park and near to the harbor area.

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3. Re: East Coast USA trip advice

Thanks for your suggestions the reason im wanting to use the car is i really enjoy the driving in the states and i dont fancing lugging the luggage from place to place i cant see my wife not wanting to take the kitchen sink, I want to stay outside of Manhattan as i have visited most of the major sites 18 months ago and would like NYC with a bit of a twist. Thanks for the advice on AC as i was very curios as it looks quite old world USA in parts and i dont really like LV or Blackpool for that matter so i was going to give it a chance.

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Hi

An interesting dilemma, with the pros and cons of the car for your chosen destinations and route.

Will you really have that much luggage, given you'll only be allow a bag each on the flight - unless you are splashing out for business class or higher?

I can see that a car to get to sports grounds which are rarely in city centres and usually have lots of parking near them makes sense, but I'd suggest you plan your route once you have the schedule and have a few likely choices so that you can work out a plan that involves renting the car only when you really need it.

I've never been to AC, but from what I've heard more recently, I cannot see it being a place to consider - even out of curiosity. Also, bear in mind the restrictions on where the 16 year old will be allowed to go.

Once the schedules come out, and your plans start to fall into shape a bit more, please let us know more so we can offer more suggestions (of non sports related activities, in my case).

SWT

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5. Re: East Coast USA trip advice

Your choice of Long Island is vague - where specifically?

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6. Re: East Coast USA trip advice

To be honest im not sure about long island just thought it would be somewhere nice to visit, I may be wrong, Im still open to routes, My only stipulation is plenty of baseball

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7. Re: East Coast USA trip advice

If you want a great Long Island beach, Robert Moses SP is a great option. You can visit the Fire Island Lighthouse there as well.

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