We are going on a 16 day family vacation to the East Coast, flying to DC (IAD) on 04/18 and flying home from Boston on 05/03. We are a family of 5, with 2 boys ages 15 and 10 and a 6 yo. girl. We've done this type of long road trips before (last one was to California for 18 days in April 2010) and the kids cope very well with long days. We want to see important first-timer landmarks and museums in the big cities, but would also like to include some family fun time and countryside, if at all possible. We are on a tight budget, so we would rather spend our money sightseeing than at fancy hotels and restaurants. Other than our travel dates and flights, nothing is set on stone yet, so any advice will be very helpful. I will post this itinerary on the Road Trip, NYC, Boston and Washington forum too, because I need all the advice I can get.
This is what I have so far:
04/18 - Fly to Washington DC (Dulles), arriving around 9:00 pm
04/19 - Washington DC
04/20 - Washington DC
04/21 - Washington DC
04/22 - Pick up rental car and drive to Philadelphia / Afternoon in Philadelphia - something to see on the way or rather spend more time in Philadelphia???
04/23 - Philadelphia until late afternoon / Drive to Hershey, PA
04/24 - Hershey Park (it is open 10 am-6 pm for Springtime)
04/25 - Drive to NYC: Planning to stop in Nazareth to see the Martin Guitar Factory, but are also interested in Amish County so kind of lost here. Or something else to see on the way? / Return rental car
04/26 - NYC
04/27 - NYC
04/28 - NYC until late afternoon / Pick up rental car / Drive to New Haven
04/29 - Yale / Newport / Plymouth / arrive to Boston and return rental car
04/30 - Boston (MIT Open House, Harvard)
05/01 - Boston
05/02 - Boston
05/03 - Fly home from Boston
What are your thoughts??
Thanks in advance.