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    Hey everyone
    We posted on here a few months ago with a preliminary roadtrip plan and found the advice given very useful. We've just done more detailed planning and would like to know what you guys think.

    We're flying to New York on 25th July and our plan is to spend a few days in New York before going to Boston. After Boston we're going to do a little loop of Canada through Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto before seeing Niagara Falls. We're then going to go to Pennsylvania, Atlantic City and Washington DC. We've budgeted just over 2 weeks for this and transport will be by Greyhound bus service including a few overnighters for the longer journeys to reduce days 'wasted' for just getting to our next destination.

    After this first part of the journey we're renting a car in DC for 2 weeks (11th August to 25th) and the aim is to have a fairly leisurely drive down the East Coast through Shenandoah, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, Charleston and down to Miami. If we have time we're hoping to stop off in Daytona and Orlando as well. Once we've done Miami we're going to drive straight back to DC to drop off the car. We think we can do this in 2 days if we both drive - we've done a similar 1250mile return trip to Paris in 4days and that involved lots of alcohol and non-driving time. Finally a few more days in New York before we fly home on 28th August.

    The first part of the journey is going to be fairly regulated as to where we are because we're going to book bus journeys before we leave to take advantage of advance purchase fares but when we have the car we'll be free to go anywhere we want. Is there anything particularly interesting or cool or eccentric we could check out in our journey? Thinking more of the lesser known attractions as we're aware that some of the highlights of our trip might well be totally random and unexpected as opposed to, say, the White House.

    Any advice or comments will be greatly appreciated

    Cheers
    Phil and Emma
    Last edited by Mass Tim; 03-04-2008 at 05:49 AM. Reason: Added link to previous thread

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    Default Sleeping?

    Quote Originally Posted by philandemma View Post
    ...transport will be by Greyhound bus service including a few overnighters for the longer journeys to reduce days 'wasted' for just getting to our next destination.
    Are you hoping to get some shuteye on the bus? I think that may be asking a bit much, as bus seats aren't really conducive to getting a restful sleep.

    Once we've done Miami we're going to drive straight back to DC to drop off the car. We think we can do this in 2 days if we both drive - we've done a similar 1250mile return trip to Paris in 4days
    This shouldn't be a problem, though you will find that I-95 is very heavily traveled and your progress may be limited by unforeseen occurrences. Still, it is about 1100 miles, which fits nicely into our suggested maximum of 500-550 miles per day.

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    Yeh we were planning on sleeping on the bus. We only have 3 overnight journeys planned and, although we will probably be tired, we think we can manage it for those 3 journeys. We wanted another week for the whole trip but unfortunately the cheapest flights we could get were for the dates mentioned which has resulted in quite a tight schedule for the first part of the trip especially
    Phil and Emma

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