Planning a trip in November this year to the States partly for conference part family trip. Have a conference in Chicago from 18th to 20th November with exam in Chicago on 21st. Will then have from then till the 2nd of December to do what we please. Will be traveling from Sydney with wife and 2 girls (1yo & 2yo). I had planned on hiring car in Chicago, then driving East possibly to see Niagara falls, then onto NYC, then finishing in Washington. Couple of things: do you guys think that an itinerary like this is doable, I guess spending day at the falls and 3-4 days each in NYC and Washington with driving time added on top obviously. If so, what things should we see on the way and are there any particular towns that we should plan to stop in and see/ stay? I would plan to hire car in Chicago and leave it in Washington from where we would fly out of - any one know of good hire companies and also how I may get around the huge fee that is tacked on fo returning vehicle in different city to which it was hired? At a push, I may be able to get a couple of extra days leave but it would be difficult.
Thanks for any advice you have,