We would like to take our 4 kids (3yrs-10yrs) on a 9 day road trip to Niagara Falls at the end of August. We live near the junction of 495 and 90 in MA and have in mind a stop at Howe Caverns, a university tour (Cornell?, Ithaca? Syracuse?) and a couple of days in Niagara Falls. We like nature, but are not campers and will stay in hotels along the way.
What are the stops or must see places we should visit on this route? Should we balance the trip so that we have fun stops along the way on both legs, or should we jet out to Niagara Falls in one or two days and then meander home?
Recommendations and itinerary advice is welcome!