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ROUTE for boston ,new york washington trip over 10 days

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ROUTE for boston ,new york washington trip over 10 days

We are taking our teenage sons to New York and have 10 days to see as much of the east coast as we can . Have you done this and can you help me plan a funfilled highlights tour please ?I love the idea of Cape Cod for a night or so and we all are interested in American History . We have one son who loves films and music and the younger is a thrill seeker.We need to fly in and out of JFK so need to incorporate this loop .It is in August and we need to cut some corners financially as the dollar is strong and that impacts on our spending .Any help is much appreciated.Thank You

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1. Re: ROUTE for boston ,new york washington trip over 10 days

When you say to see as muhc of the East Coast as possible, do you really mean the area between New York City and Boston? Just want to make sure as there is a whole lot more East Coast possible than that (Phiadelphia, Washington DC, Virgina, Carolina, Georgia and Florida).

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I would try to narrow it down alittle, like the previous poster said, if you are interested in American history I think I would do 2.5 days in NYC, 2.5 days in Philadelphia and the the balance in DC. The nice thing about Washington is once you arrive almost everything is free. It's a shame you couldn't fly into one city and out of another. Once you figure out what cities you will be visiting you can zoom in on specifics with regards to particular interests.

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Thanks for answering.Our intention is to hire a car after New York and travel up to Boston take a day driving down to Washington and finish back at JFK .Is this too ambitious ?

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So, you want see everything, do it inexpensively and in a relatively short period of time. Best bet is to either go North or go South but not both.

You can spend a day at Six Flags in NJ and also visit Princeton for some history. Or you could go to Six Flags Springfield MA, maybe spend a day at Old Sturbridge Village or go to Concord/Lexington/Boston

and finish with a few days on Cape Cod for some beach or to visit the many great towns and/or Martha's Vineyard.

Then you have a ride back past Mystic Seaport, USS Massachusetts Battleship, Newport (if you leave yourself enough time and make it a 2 day trip back to NY).

NY and North will give you Revolutionary War stuff. If you want Civil War stuff, then you need to head south to places like Gettysburg or into Washington DC (which is near another Six Flags)

I don't know if you can do this but certainly seeing a show on or off broadway fills the art component to your trip. But there is music almost everywhere at this time of year with great venues like Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA to smaller venues like the Cape Cod Melody Tent or South Shore Music Circus. Just to give you an idea, here is the link for this summer

http://www.themusiccircus.org/events.php

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You certainly can do Washingto, New York City and Noston in 10 days, but I wouldn't try and fit anything else in (like Cape Cod). It's roughly a 4 hour trip between NYC and Boston or Washington, so 8 hours between Boston and Washington. Once you settle on an itinerary, we can help with further detail.

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Thanks for your help .Now changed the itinery and flying into Boston and out of Washington as suggested. Extended our visit to 11 days .Any recommended places to stay or visit please? I am listening to the experts here ..... Thanks for taking the time to help

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7. Re: ROUTE for boston ,new york washington trip over 10 days

That makes much more sense. I would plan on splitting the trip evenly amongst the three cities. You have the option of taking the train between them and not having to worry about about directions and parking - or - renting car. You can check train schedules and csts at amtrak.com; the Acela high speed train shaves a half hour off of each leg but cots more than double. If you decide to drive, make sure you ask what "drop-off" charges you can expect to pay for renting in one city and dropping off in another. Parking will cost you $30-40 a night in the three cities. Likely, the "regular" train will work out the cheapest. Ask about family rates or sales, as they sometimes are available will cap your outlay.

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8. Re: ROUTE for boston ,new york washington trip over 10 days

I should have noted that busses will be the lowest cost of all, although many folks favor the trains. You can check at greyhound.com

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