We are planning on driving to NYC next week and Mapquest estimates an 8 1/2 hour drive.
We will be coming from Canada down the I-81S to I-80 to I-280E, etc. (as outlined by Mapquest) I'm wondering if anyone with any driving experience on this route could tell me if this is indeed the most direct and has the "best" highways to take to NYC?
We are hoping to leave home in the morning and to get within an hour or so of NYC that day. Can anyone recommend a good place/area to stay for that "pre-NYC" night?
We would like to arrive in Manhattan by 10am - 10:30am the next morning to get a "jump" on our sightseeing. With rush hour as it is (this will be a weekday morning) are we just kidding ourselves?
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. I actually called the hotel we are booked in and unfortunately they are fully booked the day before we are scheduled to arrive so it isn't an option to simply arrive there a day early.