I was wondering if I could get some advice. I have a trip in two parts:
Part 1: Solo.
This will go from St. Louis to Hartford (or rather the Hartford Airport). I have four full days of time for this one and what I do depends on some stuff. (I need to be at t he Hartford airport in the morning on Day 5).
One possibiity is that I stop for two days in Pittsburgh to attend a conference. If I do, I will basically need to drive straight through the other two days, so I guess I don't have much of a question here (aside from begging for tips from Pittsburghers)
The other is that I don't. In this case, I have four days to make the trip, which gives me some wiggle room. Just looking at some maps, my eye crept to Cooperstown. I noticed Canton along the way as well, but it doesn't hold the mystique to me that Cooperstown does.
For suggestions, here are things I particularly enjoy (in no particular order):
- Road food.
- Getting outdoors.
- Scenic Drives.
- College Towns.
- Baseball - especially minor-league baseball.
- Factory tours - especially those involving food or beverages.
Do you think something like:
Day 1: St. Louis - Cleveland (or so)
Day 2: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (How is it?) in the Morning and then around Cleveland (or nearby - suggestions?)
Day 3: To Ithaca (Eat at Moosewood - I'll brave the hype. Also, I almost ended up going to Cornell back in the day.). Poke around. Head out toward Cooperstown. Stop around Oneonta?
Day 4: Cooperstown in the morning. How early would I need to leave to get to someplace within striking distance of the Hartford Airport the next morning? I would love suggestions (Would someplace near Williamstown or North Adams work?)
Day (Morning) Pick up Family - See Below
Part 2: With Family.
On Day 5, the plan is to pick up my wife and 4-year-old daughter at the Hartford Airport (or possibly the Albany Airport depends on flight times, prices, etc.) say around noon.
Day 5: North into VT.
Day 6: Around Burlington. On the agenda: Ben and Jerry's and Lake Champlain Chocolates factory tours.
Day 7: To Montreal.
Day 8: Around Montreal. (My wife and I love Montreal)
Day 9: Back to NY. Through the Adirondacks. Stay Somewhere in Northern Adirondacks? Help on routing here and suggestions would be very appreciated!
Day 10: West along shore of Lake Ontario to Buffalo
Day 11: Niagara until early afternoon, and then a head start out of town.
Day 12: Home.
I think this works. I realize the last day's drive is long, but I think it will be okay since we aren't really pushing ourselves too hard on the driving before this. If we can get to the far side of Cleveland this should be manageable. If IT isn't, we'll stop somewhere and split the drive back into two days (I have a day of wiggle room in this schedule before I *need* to be back in St. Louis)
Any comments on the routing? Anything you know about you think I should check out?
Thanks in advance!