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driving from Toronto and crowd question

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driving from Toronto and crowd question

Google maps shows that the timing is roughly the same whether we drive through Buffalo, NY to Cedar Point or if we drive through Ontario, crossing the border in Detroit.

Can anyone suggest why driving either side of Lake Erie is better than the other?

Also - how crowded would you expect CP to be this week (Aug 29 - 31)?

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It's would be very surprising to me if the northern route is as short in time or miles as the southern route. It's almost a two hour drive from Detroit to Sandusky, backtracking along the southern shore of Lake Erie.

http://www.travelmath.com/driving-distance/from/Sandusky,+OH/to/Detroit,+MI

I've also read that the border crossing at Windsor can take a long time.

Can't help you with the attractions on the northern route, other than The Henry Ford and a very good art museum in Detroit.

The southern route would offer Presque Isle State Park just west of Erie, PA. It arguably has the best Lake Erie beaches in the U.S., excellent nature preserves, and a good visitors center with a modern observation tower. It's a great place to see the living Lake Erie.

At the entrance to Presque Isle is Waldameer Park, one of the last remaining trolley parks. There is no admission charge to the park. Visitors pay for individual rides, which include a world-class roller coaster -- the Ravine Flyer II, which uniquely crosses a freeway!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravine_Flyer_II

Cleveland would offer the West Side Market, if it's open during your travel day. One of the great public food markets in the U.S., it would be a great place to stop for a meal on your journey. Although just west of downtown Cleveland, it has free parking lots.

Cleveland also has one of the nation's best art museums with free admission, the U.S.S. Cod, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as popular attractions.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, also close to I-90, offers one of the nation's best rain forest exhibits; a brand new African Elephant Crossing exhibit, featuring the larger African elephants not displayed at many zoos; and one of the nation's largest collections of primates.

Check TA's Cleveland attractions.

East of Cleveland, just south of I-90 at the route 306 exit, is the Kirtland Temple, the first Mormon temple and open to the public, if you want to visit one of the most historic buildings in Ohio. It was built in the 1830s, and is an excellent example of pre-Civil War carpentry skills.

The weather should be superb at Cedar Point during your proposed dates, and kids are back in school so it shouldn't be too crowded, at least during the day.

Enjoy the Point!

Edited: 10:38 am, August 27, 2011
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Thank you for the terrific information!

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Another attraction in downtown Cleveland is the Steamship Mather, one of the 20th century queens of the Great Lakes.

It's one of 248 mechanical engineering landmarks in the world, as determined by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Touring a ship the length of two football fields certainly is much more interactive than staring at the wonderful machines that largely comprise the list.

…asme.org/ASMEORG/…5593.pdf

Tickets for the Mather are purchased at the Great Lakes Science Center, next door to the Rock Hall.

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In Cleveland, visit MELT, where they serve any and all grilled cheese sandwiches. Featured on Man vs. Food on the travel channel - ck it out. Plan to be there early, not on wkend or at lunchtime to avoid long waits & crowds. A Good MVF time!

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