I'm a frenchman who plans to go on a road trip this summer, around the Great Lakes.
Here's all I am sure about for now:
Duration: 20 days
Vehicle: Car (or Van ?)
Trippers: My girlfriend and I. Another friend will join us in Madison, WI.
Starting point: Montréal, Canada
Arrival: also Montréal
"Checkpoints": Madison around day 10 (to pick our friend up), then Chicago, and NYC around day 18 (before going back to Montréal).
We are now trying to define the route.
First part of the trip: Montréal-Madison (10 days)
Here, we've got basically two choices.
We can either travel by the north side of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, and cross the border in Sault Ste. Marie
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... Or we can pass between Lake Huron and Lake Erie (Toronto, London, ...) and then go towards the north when we get to Michigan to join the previous route.
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For this route, it would also be possible to go through Chicago. But since we'd like to visit this city on the second part of the trip, it'd be a pity to do that.
Second part of the trip: Madison-Chicago-NY-Montréal (10 days)
So here, we pick up a friend of us in Madison. If it's difficult for her to cross the canadian border, we plan to stay in the US and follow a route through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania :
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If she CAN cross the border, it might be more intersting to travel "between" the lakes (Detroit, Hamilton, ...) before getting to NYC
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What do you guys think about all this?
As you can see, there are many possibilities. We are very flexible, and any idea or any tip to improve our trip would be useful!
I really don't know this part of the US, and it's kinda hard to figure out what could be the best choice for us.
I does not really matter if we do not visit some very touristic places (like the Niagara Falls). Our goal is simply to travel through different landscapes, and see different places (from small villages to big cities), and basically to have a good time! (like anyone here, I guess)
Last but not least, we have not determined yet where we will sleep.
3 possibilities: Motels, renting a van (large enough for 3 persons ?), or camping... Or perhaps a mixing of the three!
Thanks in advance for your help!