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  1. Default Baltimore to Niagara Falls

    Hello everyone!

    I'm looking to make regular trips from Baltimore, MD to Niagara Falls, Canada. Before, I've always flown from BWI to Toronto, but that becomes expensive, and I think I can save quite a bit of money by driving it. My understanding is that this drive takes 8 hours, so it doesn't seem too bad.

    Can I do it all within a day, just stopping for gas and food? Or do I need to get a hotel room for the night along the way? How tiring is an 8 hour drive? The furthest I've ever drove before is 3 hours to Atlantic City.

    Should I take I-70 to Pittsburgh, I-76 to I-79 to Erie, I-90 to Buffalo, and then cross into Canada? This may take longer, but it's on Interstates with signs of civilization along the way.

    Or should I take I-70 to I-99 to Altoona, then 219 through upper PA and lower NY to join I-90 in Buffalo? This may be the shortest way, but I'm concerned that it will have me driving through a lot of back roads that I may easily get lost in.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default North by North(west)

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America forum.

    My suggestion would be something different. Head north out of Baltimore on I-83 to Harrisburg. When you hit I-81, take that south for a little bit to US-22/US-322 north up the east side of the Susquehanna River. After these routes cross the river, switch to US-15 north all the way up to Corning, NY. From there you're back on interstates, I-86, I-390, and I-90 to Buffalo and then I-290 and I-190 to Niagara Falls. This is 415 miles, so easily doable in a day, and is actually a very pleasant drive. For comparison, your route by way of Pittsburgh is approximately 490 miles. Your Altoona/US-219 route is also about 415 miles, but I think you'll find the route I suggested a bit more populated and offers a good mix of both service stops as well as scenic options to get out of the car for mental health breaks. I last drove those roads when I lived in Ithaca, NY a few years ago At that time US-15 was being widened along through there so it should be even nicer now.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Ontario Canada

    Default 8-hr drive

    AzBuck's route sounds like a good option.Regarding - can you do 8 hrs drive in a day. Sure! No prob!You'll see many of us "crazy" road trippers often travel much more than that in a day. Try it a couple times, then you'll know whether you prefer the flights or driving. Leave early - drive two+ hours - stop for fuel or coffee for 15 mins walk/stretch. Drive another two+ hours. Stop for a bite to eat if need be. Drive another couple hours & so on. You can easily be there by supper or early evening.

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