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1. Posted by GScobie (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

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Hello travellers,

Im trying to organise a 3 person tour of the east coast of america (although your all welcome!) from 8th june starting in toronto, and finishing on the 1st july in orlando (22 days). We'll be using the greyhound bus system to get around. Basically I would love you guys to help me plan, what are the must see areas to visit? lol, someone please make me an itinery of my trip to help it be the best possible! Any help would be much appreicated!

Graham

2. Posted by travelus88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

Hi Graham - If you are using the Greyhound bus system to get you around, I do not know if this itinerary will work. Here is what I consider a great trip but you may need a rental car. Note it can get very hot in DC and points south beginning in June. You should be able to do a web search on all these places.

Day 1 and 2 - Toronto
Day 3 - Niagara Falls
Day 4 - Visit Letchworth State Park
Day 5 and 6 - Visit Ithaca with its waterfalls, wineries, and Cornell University. You are only 2 hours away from Cooperstown with Baseball Hall of Fame
Day 7 - Stop in the Hudson Valley for West Point Military Academy, Storm King Sculpture Garden, or if you like art, and it is a Saturday, go to www.artalongthehudson.com
Day 8 -10 - NYC
Day 11 - 13 Washington, DC
Day 13 - Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens
Day 14 - 16 - lots of driving, maybe stop in the Outer Banks in North Carolina or Hilton Head or Charleston in South Carolina - Fort Sumter National Park in Charleston is very nice as is the historic district of Charleston
Day 17 - 21 - EPCOT Center and other parks in Orlando

If you are able to stick to the cooler climates, I have an alternate itinerary. I expect you need a rental car for this.

Day 1 and 2 - Toronto
Day 3 - Niagara Falls
Day 4 - Visit Letchworth State Park
Day 5 and 6 - Visit Ithaca with its waterfalls, wineries, and Cornell University. You are only 2 hours away from Cooperstown with Baseball Hall of Fame
Day 7 - Stop in the Hudson Valley for West Point Military Academy, Storm King Sculpture Garden, or if you like art, and it is a Saturday, go to www.artalongthehudson.com
Day 8 -10 - NYC
Day 11 - 12 Mystic, Ct and casinos
Day 13 - 14 Newport, RI with its mansions and Tennis Hall of Fame
Day 15 - 17 Boston, Ma
Day 18 -21 - Southern Maine including Kittery, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, and Portland.
or
Day 18 - 21 - Stowe, Vt - Burlington, Vt is the closest airport here. If you have time, take the ferry from Burlington, Vt. into New York and go to Ausable Chasm. It is awesome there.

3. Posted by inWMSBG (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hi
Graham,
I am not sure why you are using Greyhound instead of renting a car. I think if you compare prices you it would probably be just as cheap if not cheaper to rent a car with unlimited mileage. Once you factor in that when you get to the places that are not urban you will need to take taxis from place to place. You may want to do some comparisons to see which is a better deal.

I am not going to put together an itinerary but I am going to suggest that you don't miss Washington DC/Baltimore area and the Colonial Williamsburg area.

Enjoy your trip.
Zee

4. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 70 posts) 8y

I agree with the previous poster, I hate suggesting renting cars but it is usually cheaper for groups larger than 2 people. Public transportation in the US is just non-existant; drives me nuts all the time. Have you considered reversing your trip? Florida to Toronto? Get a full size car.. return it in the finishing city, though one thing you have consider is that you have to find a rental agency that will allow you return it in a different country (Canada to US). Or if that isn't possible, rent in Florida, drive up to Toronto to Montreal to NYC. You'd do a Florida to Washington, DC, to Buffalo, NY, Niagra Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, NYC... having a car allows you to see the small towns, check our civil war re-enactments, and places like Sky-line drive in Virginia, Outer Banks in NC, etc... I got to see a tractor pull for the first time a few weeks ago, so interesting.. I'm very much a suburban/city kid, never had any exposure to rural culture/redneck culture.. very interesting... not sure when the 2008 games are.. but see if you catch the Redneck Games.

jz

5. Posted by GScobie (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

The reason we cant hire is that we are only two 19year olds and one 20 year old, so unfortunately we cant hire, unless you know a way?

6. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

I assumed that was the reason you weren't hiring a car. I would make sure to hit NYC and D.C. Philly is also fun, but you only have so much time. Virginia Beach should be a good time, though busy. In between NYC, D.C., Philly and maybe some other places you can catch Chinatown buses which will be cheaper than Greyhound. I can't personally recommend particular companies, but I'm sure others can. Cheers!

7. Posted by travelus88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

Graham - You may want to go to www.craigslist.org. Maybe you can get a deal where you agree to drive someone's car to Florida. This is a longshot I suppose since you won't be getting it there in 7 days but you may want to place an ad there. You never know.

You will just miss out to much if you don't have a car. I suppose another idea though a bit off the wall may be to buy an old car and sell it at the end.

If you choose the Greyhound route, you should look at day trips. For example from New York you can take day trips on Metro North and I'm sure other big cities have similar type trips or tours.

Have fun.

8. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

the china town buses are a good option especially into and out of the major cities nyc to philly, philly to dc maybe there is also one from boston to nyc. just go to chinatown and ask the locals where to catch the bus. the cost is significantly cheaper than greyhouse. i guess where you visit depends on what you want to see/do. i live in philly so i am a bit biased, but there's loads to do here! nyc has endless possibilities. the beach is very nice in the summer too!