Im planning a road trip from Toronto to NY-Washington - Toronto in the long weekend in september ( sep 4), its a family trip with 4 of us in all to travel these 2 cities in US in about 7-8 days. I would like to know about any suggestions for Hotel/motel living in NY/NJ and in washington and any nice places to look at while driving to NY and then to DC. I have a GPS system which should be handy + ill buy US maps as well.
I plan to leave Toronto on Saturday morning ( sep 2) and travel towards NY and am interested in stopping before NY for sighseeing (1-3 hrs before NY)..but im not sure about any places where i can stay for the night as well enjoy the evening seeing something nice and different...any suggestions ?? ( just heard about mohegan sun, which is a casino ). and then reach NJ on sunday and stay in NJ for the next 3 days till wednesday morning and then leave for washington on wednesday and plan to reach DC by wednesday night. Any advice on travelling to manhattan from NJ..i dont want to drive in manhattan..so i guess the subway will the best choice. Hw do i reach the subway from NJ - Edison city. ? A day pass for NY subway should be enough to reach most of the places, i guess - Times square, The Liberty statue,chrysler building..and any other places to go to in manhattan.
Ive heard parking is costly in both NY and DC so i was thinking of living in the suburbs of DC ( and NJ - for NY ) and take the bus/subway in both cities...there's a lot to see in DC..so i was thinking of taking any of those govt. bus tours of DC as they would include most of the tourist places in DC and then take the car/ subway to look at the remaining places in DC. Any places/motels to stay at in DC..is georgetown cheaper and near from the main city ( white house area ) and then leave for Toronto on saturday morning.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. This is my first trip to US, so im giving it enough time..5 days in the 2 cities and 3 days of driving..