A Swede here that is new to this page but love roadtrips :)
I am planning a roadtrip on our Canada - US vacation in September and would like to hear what the people here thinks about my plans. They are not written in stone and I am open to all views.
First the static facts.. Me, my wife and two kids, age 11 and 10. Will be arriving from Toronto to Niagara Falls International airport in the US to pick up our rental car. We will be driving to NYC and leave the car in Manhattan and stay there for 7 nights. We have planned to do this trip in two days with a one night stopover on the way.
We are all used to driving long distances and love to travel by car so we can see and experience some of the things that often get lost when travelling with plane or train. We like to make frequent stops at places that catches our interest but not necissarily long stops. Anything from a 5 min photo break to an unplanned restaurant visit for a few hours is the norm for us. We would like to avoid highways and see some typical American small towns and rural landscape on the way. The only things we are allergic to while on vacation are stress and hunger..
So my suggestion as we have planned is the following:
10:00 am, pick up rental car in Niagara falls international airport (or shuttle station)
Drive to Batavia and then turn to Route 20 and follow that road through the Finger Lakes region and drive to Canandaigua-Geneva-Waterloo-Seneca Falls-Auburn -Skaneateles and Cazenovia. These places all looks nice and cosy and we would love to visit them, if only for a short time. Our intention is not to look at every towns all attractions but rather to drive through them in a calm tempo and stop and take a walk in the centres or having something to eat at a small local restaurant or diner. We try to avoid the typical fast food chains if the kids are not screaming hungry. Our only must here is a stop to the Bass Pro shops in Auburn, I have promised my son that loves fishing and camping that. It also of great interest to me myself since I have visited this store in its Las Vegas location and really like this store.
On my wifes wishlist is a visit to some kind of outlet or extraordinary mall/shopping center. Since we will be 7 days in NYC on Manhattan we will have the opportunity to both "normal" and expensive shopping so a "normal" mall on the way is not what we are looking for.
I have looked on the internet and is considering one of these three outlets or shoppingcenters: Waterloo premium outlets, Destiny USA in Syracuse or Woodbury common premium outlets closer to NYC. To my wife it doesn't matter, she has given me free hands in the planning with the only condition is that she wants to have atleast 4-5 hours while there.
I know its impossible to plan exactly everything in detail but is leaning towards ending the day in Syracuse after some shopping in Destiny or sleeping in a hotel in Cazenovia and then drive directly to Woodbury the day after on our way to NYC.
How does this planning and route sound to you more experienced guys here? Is it possible and doable? Anyone have any nice diners or restaurants to recommend?