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    Default 50th Birthday RoadTrip - Aug 2010...NEED HELP!!

    Hi there...I pondered what I wanted to do for my 50th Birthday. I thought about a cruise or an all inclusive resort, then it hit me...I want to do something that I have never done. 7 day East Coast RoadTrip from Suffolk, VA to Niagara Falls, me and about 10 friends. I plan to leave Wed evening/night stops in Richmond, DC, B'more, etc. Any suggestions are welcome! I'm retired Army...did traveling then... i want to have some fun. I want to see some historic things, plays, party a little, rough it a little too. I was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA. Left home at age much of the East Coast I haven't experienced.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default A Suggestion

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Such a trip would be just the right size for a loop that takes 2-3 days up, takes 2-3 days in the Niagara Falls area, and then takes 2 days for a different route back. What I might do, then is go up through Washington and Baltimore and then follow the Susquehanna River and US-15 (basically) northward past Gettysburg, Williamsport, Watkins Glen, Letchworth State Park and the Erie Canal. Making sure that you have your passport for entry into Canada (and re-entry into the U.S.) a few of the places I've enjoyed are the town of Niagara-on-the-Laken at the mouth of the Niagara River in Ontario; the St. Catharines Museum/Welland Canal Centre in St. Catharines; the tour of the Falls (on the Canadian side) that goes through some of the tunnels behind the Falls for a unique view from the inside out; and maybe a short day trip up to Toronto. An alternative route for the way back would be to come down through western New York and Pennsylvania on US-62/US-119 (and connecting roads) with possible stops at the Lucy and Dezi Museum in Jamestown, NY, visits to the world's first oil fields in Titusville/Oil City, PA, Fort Necessity outside Uniontown, PA, down through the Shenandoah Valley to Montpelier in Charlottesville, and home.


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    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I'd say the big challenge will be making a trip like this happen in the logistic sense. How are you thinking of making this work with vehicles? In the best case, I think you've be looking at 2 large RVs or 2 large SUV/Vans. You might be able to cram everyone into a 15 passenger van, but that still might not leave much room for 10 people's gear.

    I'd also mention that what generally seperates a roadtrip from an all-inclusive resort or a cruise is the ability to make a wide range of individual decisions - seeing and doing whatever you like. That's great when you've got a few people, but when you start getting into the double digits of people, its going to be a lot harder to get everyone to agree on what they want to do - unlike one of those other options where people can pick from a list, and go their own way for a while if they'd like.

    I'm certainly not saying you shouldn't try to do this, but I think that is going to be your biggest issue. You can't just plan a list of things you want to do for a week, and expect 10 people to all agree that that's what they also want to do during that time.

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    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia


    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I'd say the big challenge will be making a trip like this happen in the logistic sense...........
    That was my first thought.

    You will need to add a considerable percentage to your driving time. Every extra person means for longer and more frequent stops. Even a roadside rest area stop can take three, four, (or more) times longer than normal estimated times.


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