we are new to the forum.
We are from Germany and are planning to come to the US this summer. The tour is roughly planned and the dates for each part of the routes are set. However there are still a few questions we have and we would love to get some *insider*-advice / experience / opinions from you.
We are 4 travelling ( 2 US-experienced travellers, 2 first time visitors)
Our route will be as follows:
day 1: Fly into NY, drive straight to Philadelphia and stay overnight (outside the city)
day 2: .........not yet planned........visit Philly? Lancaster county? ........arrive in Washington D.C. in the evening
day 3-4: Washington
day 5: drive from Washington to Pittsburgh
day 6: drive to Detroit (originally we wanted to do Boston-NY-Wash....however, my parents 60+ are travelling with us and want to visit our relatives in Detroit, since my aunt is 80+ and we want to see her....you never know at that age. So itŽs a bit of a stressful trip but weŽll make it ;) and we donŽt rush ourselves
day 7-8: Detroit
day 9: Detroit - Niagara Falls
day10: Niagara Falls - NYC
day 11-14: NYC
day 15: flight back home
Sooooo my still open questions:
1) day2: would you reccommend to visit Philly? Is it worth seeing the city? Should we rather cross and stop in Lancaster county and look around there? Going straigt towards WDC in the morning and look at something interesting in Greater Washington area? What would you reccommend.
2) day5: is there anything interesting on the way? Anything we should stop there and look around? Or should we rather get to Pittsburgh as fast as possible and enjoy Pittsburgh?
3) day6: we want to stop in Grove City for outlet shopping? Anyone ever been there? Is it worth the stop?
4) day 9/10: We thought about driving a little bit towards NYC (away from the N.Falls) after visiting the Falls that afternoon. So the next days trip to NYC would be shorter. Does that make sense?
Driving Niagara Falls to NYC in one day is quite a long (8h?) drive, isnŽt it?
Any routes reccommended? Any interesting stops in between? If we drive away from the Falls for an overnight stay - do you have any reccommendations on where to stop? Rochester? Catskills?.....?
Thanks so much for your help!!!