United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Roadtrippin on Route 66
  2. 2 Help with NE (Maine, Boston, Cape Cod) Trip
  3. 3 Driving from San Fran to Seattle
  4. 4 AZ and UT family road trip-seeking advice
  5. 5 Road trip from Saint Louis, Mo
  6. 6 Recommend an ATV Tour in UT, AZ or CO
  7. 7 Best way from Niagara Falls to Washington DC
  8. 8 Sept trip: San Diego, Disneyland and...?
  9. 9 Bringing gift box abroad as carry on?
  10. 10 Yosemite traffic worth it for 2-3 days?
  11. 11 road trip
  12. 12 Thoughts on these 3 spots for Estes Park lodging?
  13. 13 SF-Yosemite-Monterey-SF
  14. 14 FLL to Key West
  15. 15 2-day romantic couple getaway in CO mountains?
  16. 16 San Francisco, Las Vegas - Where next?
  17. 17 Ashville, NC; where to stay?
  18. 18 Got error in dell printer 016-302
  19. 19 San Francisco Hotel With Car
  20. 20 Week of July 4th in Hamptons. First-timer, bday dinner...
  21. 21 Best Vegas hotel with 12 & 15 year olds
  22. 22 New Itinerary
  23. 23 Las vegas and nearby
  24. 24 Trip Report Cape Cod trip report
  25. 25 Itin help - West / Grand Canyon
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