United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

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

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Writers Needed for Japan
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Mar 26, 15 at 02:38 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Yellowstone Dining
  2. 2 DC - WW2 flyover
  3. 3 Trip Report The Quarter, Frog City, and elsewhere
  4. 4 How much to tip for Free tour on Foot
  5. 5 8 day honeymoon around Leavenworth and Seattle
  6. 6 Savannah GA
  7. 7 Things to do around New York
  8. 8 Please help with four days in Boston-Cambridge-Salem
  9. 9 WEST YELLOWSTONE TO GLACIER NP?
  10. 10 Diego and Frida at the DIA -- Where to Stay?
  11. 11 Myrtle Beach, SC ... Where to drive to??
  12. 12 Alaska- Best tours
  13. 13 Hotels near beach orange county
  14. 14 Cape cod and Acadia
  15. 15 Zion Shuttle Bus Info
  16. 16 Daytona Beach and ??
  17. 17 Alaska Cruise: Coral Princess or Norwegian sun?
  18. 18 Grand Marais?
  19. 19 Acoma vs. Taos Pueblos
  20. 20 Coronado Ferry
  21. 21 Trip Report Kauai our way! A Feb 2015 Trip Report
  22. 22 First visit in New Mexico
  23. 23 SC/GA/FL Coastal City Questions & Insect Issues
  24. 24 Maine in latter half of September
  25. 25 trip outside of San Francisco with kids
View next 25 » Back to the top