I'd like some advice on a roadtrip we're planning in the middle of October. I'm attending a conference in DC from 12 to17 October. The 18th we'd like to spend sightseeing Washington (cause I won't have full days to enjoy the city because of the conference) and perhaps shop at the mall (does anyone know a good one) cause we've heard that the states are quite cheap compared to europe. On the 18th we could also watch an Ice Hockey game in DC.
So we have from the 19th 'til the 27th to drive ourselves in the rental car through the east of the US.
We've never been to the US before so we don't really know what to expect..We think we'd prefer to see nature instead of cities...
This is what we had in mind or what we'd like to see but I'm not sure it's do-able in the time we have.
From DC to Shenandoah National Park and follow the blue ridge parkway to Charlottesville. (day 1)
then onto Gettysburg-Harrisburg through Pennsylvania and Amish Country to end up close to Allegheny National Park/Forest. I've read in a national geographic book that it's a beautiful park and you can take hikes with the rangers to see the black bears (which I love). (Day 2)
After spending some time in ALlegheny onwards to Niagara Falls (Day 3).
Next day is spent at the Falls and surrounding area (day 4).
Then to the Finger Lakes region to Albany (Day 5).
On to Boston via Sturbrick Village (Day 6).
And then we're basically out of time but what I would still like to see is Boston- Providence (Rhode Island); Princeton and some of the atlantic coast surrounding Philadelphia and Baltimore.
How do we do this? How much time do we need to go from one place to the next and how much time do you need to enjoy the scenery and take a hike or a walk (e.g. fingerlakes region etc.)...
Do we skip boston and new england or should we include it?
And how long will it take us to drive from Boston back to DC (dulles international) to catch our flight back if we don't want to drive through NYC?
Thanks for your comments and ideas !!