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Going to Montreal from NYC

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Going to Montreal from NYC

Hi, i will be traveling from NYC to Montreal in August and am looking for some tips.

I'd like to stay downtown, is this wise?

Can i stop at Niagara falls along the way with out going too far out of the way?

If not what are some other good stops along the way?

What are some must see stops?

how large is Montreal? i know it sounds silly but there's so many districts, are they small or big?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Going to Montreal from NYC

Niagara Falls is a nine hour drive from Montreal, and is not on the way from NYC at all. So I would not choose to do that detour.

As to where to stay, you might want to read up on the city using a guide book, Frommers online is good.

For a first trip I would stay either down town or in the Old Montreal area.

Montreal is an easy city to get around, the underground system is simple and easy to use. Especially if you compare it to nyc's subway system.

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2. Re: Going to Montreal from NYC

NOthing comparable to Niagara Falls on the direct route from NYC to Mtl. You could stop in Saratoga to get a meal. If you haven't visited it is a very nice old Victorian City. You can even try the mineral waters in town, But is is very busy for the horse racing season. Then a bit before Platsburgh you can go to Ausable Chasm that is nice and will take about an hour to visit. From there, if you won't mind a detour you could take the ferry one mile away (Port Kent) and cross Lake Champlain to Burlington which is a nice little town, one of the nicest in the US actually.

What you could also do would be to use I 87 and make the stops in Saratoga and Ausable Chasm and on your return go to Burlington, then follow road 4 and make stops for either Shelburne Farm or Shelburn Museum in, of course, Shelburne.

In Mtl neighbourhood often have some fuzzy limits and overlap a bit, like a creasy quilt if that gives you an idea. Except for Mount Royal, Beaver Hall or Côte à Baron hills and the moraine of Old Mtl it is relatively flat and very walkable.

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3. Re: Going to Montreal from NYC

Hi amy;

Just a reminder…citizens of the United States require one of the following to cross the border by land.

• U.S. Passport

• U.S. Passport Card

• Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)

• Trusted Traveler Program Card

Kids 15 and under just need their birth certificates.

For complete details;

http://www.knowyourborder.gov/

Best Regards

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4. Re: Going to Montreal from NYC

thanks for the help so far!!!

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5. Re: Going to Montreal from NYC

You're Welcome !

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6. Re: Going to Montreal from NYC

For how big Montréal is:

As a tourist, unless you really like urban exploring, you won't see many of the neighbourhoods. Most of what you'll see will be in downtown or Old Montréal -- that's where you'll find most of the hotels, museums, cultural venues, and tourist attractions. Downtown is fairly compact and rectangularly-shaped. North-to-south (say, de la Gauchetière to Sherbrooke) is nor more than a 10 minute walk, and the most generous east-west definition (that is, where the first skyscrapers start and where they end) east-west would be Westmount Square to Place Dupuis, which can be walked in 45 minutes, but a more reasonable definition would be Guy to Complexe Desjardins, a 25-minute walk. If you look at the métro map, you'll see the green and orange lines surround downtown, giving it excellent subway coverage, even better than many areas of Manhattan (although it's a lot smaller of course, so easy to do :)

Some of the areas we refer to are quite small -- if you mention Crescent Street, for example, you mean the few blocks of nightlife surrounding Crescent and de Maisonneuve; similarly, the Latin Quarter is the few blocks of restaurants and bars and pubs centred around Saint-Denis and Ontario. Others neighbourhoods are quite huge -- the Plateau is a fantastic residential neighbourhood that is basically between Sherbrooke to the south, the mountain to the west, and the railroad tracks to the north and east, but even that is divided into separate sections -- the lower western edge is considered the McGill Ghetto, basically east of McGill university to Saint-Laurent, and its northern western edge is called Mile End, with the "centre" of the plateau being Saint-Denis and Mont Royal.

Other areas you might visit include the (gay) Village, where Sainte-Catherine street is closed off to traffic during the summer and is quite festive; you might also hit Little Italy and the Jean-Talon market, or perhaps Atwater Market in the Saint-Henri neighbourhood. And out to Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, where the Olympic Stadium and the Botanical Gardens are (although officially, the gardens are actually in the same district as Little Italy -- Rosemont-Petite Patrie).

In terms of population: the island of Montréal is about 1.9 million, and the entire metropolitan region is close to 3.9 million.

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7. Re: Going to Montreal from NYC

Another idea would be to visit Adirondack Park, and stay a night or 2 in Lake Placid, or Saranac Lake. There is beautiful scenery throughout the park and it is a hiker's and canoest's paradise.

JDP

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