United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Pacific Grove/Carmel CA area
  2. 2 Philadelphia travel ideas
  3. 3 JFK to Washington
  4. 4 PNW & its grudge against the bumbershoot
  5. 5 Visiting Kauai...NEXT WEEK!!
  6. 6 Lead in me in the right direction for our first Hawaii trip
  7. 7 Maui and Kauai
  8. 8 Los Angeles for Christmas
  9. 9 Where to live in the North East
  10. 10 LA Cali for 3 days alone, What To Do?
  11. 11 Tucson: milestone Birthday Dinner, winter
  12. 12 Phoenix for the weekend
  13. 13 MIDTOWN EAST TO JFK....VIA, UBER, OR YELLOW CAB?
  14. 14 Winter hiking in Colorado
  15. 15 Mardi Gras - avoid or embrace?
  16. 16 Girls Trip to Chicago
  17. 17 Hotel to stay in Queens
  18. 18 Christmas in Colorado
  19. 19 San Francisco - Stu Dudley's Recommendations
  20. 20 Restaurants - Nashville & Memphis
  21. 21 Williamsburg, VA reunion for 80 year olds
  22. 22 Trip Report I Hiked the Grand Canyon Down & Up in One Day!
  23. 23 Arches NP - Last Week of March or other place
  24. 24 Girls weekend Fl destination with no hurrucan damage in Feb?
  25. 25 Boston Custom House timeshare
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Bus to Cleveland: My Mistakes By The Lake

Jump to last reply

My parents live in the Washington DC area; I live in Montreal Canada. Usually, when I do this trip I fly between the two cities, or go over land via New York City/upstate New York. This time I decided to mix things up a bit just for the fun of it, and return home by taking Greyhound from DC to Cleveland, spend 3 days in Cleveland (a city I'd never been to before), then catch the 'Hound again from Cleveland to Toronto by way of Buffalo (I spent the night at this artists-designed hotel called the Gladstone in Toronto I'd been curious about), and finally then take the train from Toronto to Montreal.

*DC to Cleveland*

$79 on Greyhound, the bus was maybe 1/3 full leaving DC, so I was very hopeful that the 10-hour ride would allow me to stretch out over two seats and possibly even get some shut-eye. Alas, it was not to be, since bizarrely enough, the bus filled up entirely as of Baltimore. So off we went through the beautiful forested hills and valleys of western Maryland and central Pennsylvania, this mish-mash of mostly working-class urban African Americans (woman sitting next to me had a toddler on her lap, periodically passed to grandma who was sitting kitty-corner), some white Americans from “the school of hard knocks”, a few random European backpackers, and one Texan guy who had brought along his drum set . I found myself thinking: what a different world from the fast-talking-on-their-cell-phone-important-business-call Acela crowd I'd seen a week or so earlier.

There was about an hour stop in Pittsburgh for supper and a few hours later we’d alighted in Cleveland. Greyhound has modernized its Baltimore and Pittsburgh stations I noticed relative to 9 years ago when I did that journey by bus (Baltimore’s station is in a different location in fact).

*Thoughts and impressions of Cleveland itself coming up*

33 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement