My family will be in NYC in early August. We will be sightseeing but will also be visiting some colleges my daughter wants to visit and then heading to Boston to do the same. One of the colleges is SUNY Purchase. I had originally thought to go to Purchase on the way to Boston, but I am second guessing due to logistics of hauling luggage with us and also reading about inexpensive bus options that would take us directly from New York to Boston. Wondering if it just makes more sense to do that as an out and back trip from the city and then head to Boston the next day. Looking for any advice as I try to balance not using up too much vacation time on travel, trying to keep costs down as well as keeping the hassle factor low. I am open to public transportation options or a one-way car rental.