I am planning for a week (9 days, with 2 weekends) long roadtrip from Chicago suburbs towards the end of May. Niagara Falls is our main destination and we are planning to spend a day and half - 2 days there. We are also planning on visiting our relatives in Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA for 1 day each. We are looking for options to spend the other 4-5 days.
Most probably, I would be the only driver for most part of the trip. We have 2 kids travelling with us - 3.5 yrs and 1.2 yrs.
Here are some places I have been looking at:
2. Washinton DC (if it is feasible to make it from Pittsburgh / Niagara)
4. Lancaster, PA (Amish country)
5. Erie, PA
Our focus is scenic, historic and family fun places (like architecture, beaches, gardens, monuments, mountains, waterfalls etc). NOT theme parks and zoos!!
Please suggest the best itinerary for such a trip, with the above places and/or some places which are better than these.
Looking forward to your suggestions and the trip itself :)