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2 Week Itinerary, East Coast

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Windsor, England
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2 Week Itinerary, East Coast

Can anyone advise a good, interesting itinerary for 2 adults and 2 twenty somethings Sept/Oct. We would like to visit Rhode Island,, Boston, Ithaca, New York and possibly Niagra Falls but also build in some rest days where we're not travelling. Happy to mix taking the train with hiring a car. We have been to NY before but none of the other places. Is it worth visiting The Hamptons? Any other suggestions welcomed.

Ithaca, New York
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1. Re: 2 Week Itinerary, East Coast

I would suggest you narrow down your location quite a bit, or you will be spending all your time traveling. Why don't you just come to the Finger Lakes. You will find excellent accommodations at that time and lots of things to do. All the parks around Ithaca will be open. The wineries, distilleries, breweries and museums will all be open. And the farmers' markets will be full of fall produce and other good things to eat. October 1 is peak leaf-peeping season. If youwant to come by train, you can come via Amtrack and get off at Syracuse or Rochester and rent a car there. You can also take the train to Buffalo. If you keep on going west, there is an inexpensive Amtrak ride to Chicago. You will get off downtown within walking distance of the Art Institute and a cab's ride from Old Town. Who needs the Hamptons when you have the Finger Lakes!

Ronda Roaring

www. ilovethefingerlakes.com

Irondequoit, New...
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2. Re: 2 Week Itinerary, East Coast

Given one way drop of charges for car rentals and the places you're looking to visit, you're probably best off getting and keeping the car for the entirety of your trip, with the possible exception of the Boston portion. Assuming you'll be flying from Boston, you could delay picking up the car if you do Boston first, or drop it off early if you do it last. The train isn't a particularly good option for logistical reasons, especially since you'll want/need a car in virtually every place you visit.

Without knowing exactly what your interests are, and going purely on the places you mentioned you wanted to visit, here is a *rough* itinerary to start from.

Day 1-3 Boston

Day 4-5 depart Boston, visit Rhode Island/eastern Connecticut.

Day 6 leisurely travel day toward Ithaca

Day 7-9 Finger Lakes, departing evening for Niagara Falls

Day 10-11 Niagara Falls, departing evening

Day 12-13 I'm thinking Adirondacks or Vermont

Day 14 depart Boston

Drive times:

Boston -->RI/CT - 2-3 hours

RI/CT--> Ithaca 5-6 hours

Ithaca-->NF 3 hours

NF-->Adirondacks/VT - 5 hours

Adirondacks-->Boston - 2-4 hours

You may want more time in Boston, and frankly I'm a little vague after Niagara Falls. These don't include specific destinations yet, that would require a little more feedback.

And I like how you distinguished between adults and twenty somethings :)

Windsor, England
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3. Re: 2 Week Itinerary, East Coast

We are now back from our fantastic trip to the USA. We had a wonderful time and were very pleased with the itinerary we chose:

Boston, NYC, Ithaca, Niagara, Rockport MA, Cape Cod, Rhode Island.

We hired a car to leave Boston and for the rest of the tri[p. We drove into NYC via Queens. The drive was straightforward and parking was easy as there were several car parks near the hotel which were not too expensive. The strict on-street parking rules introduced for the UN Convention meant that we could not park on the road.

We really enjoyed all our locations for their different merits. Thank you all so much for your advice which helped enormously with our very successful holiday.

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