United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Ridiculous Pacific Northwest Road Trip
  2. 2 Dollar to Euro Exchange
  3. 3 Yellowstone National Park in 5 days - NEED HELP
  4. 4 Ideas needed for fall road trip Boston - Montreal
  5. 5 Going from Friday Harbor, San Juan Island to Lake Crescent
  6. 6 Trip Report Northern California Gardens.
  7. 7 Trip Report The Lincoln Highway, abridged: Nikki's road trip
  8. 8 Charleston Itinerary Feedback Please
  9. 9 First Time to Seattle-Portland-Willamette Valley
  10. 10 Driving through Chicago area to Wisconsin
  11. 11 Trip Report Trip Report - Quick Trip to Hyannis - August 2017
  12. 12 Self parking hotel in Philly
  13. 13 Badlands - Mt. Rushmore -- central place to stay for a few days?
  14. 14 Arches or Zion?
  15. 15 Restaurant Recommendations for Queens/Brooklyn/Williamsburgl
  16. 16 Dallas airport to bush library
  17. 17 (Healing?) Retreat in Sedona, Az?
  18. 18 Trip Report Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park - Hawaii
  19. 19 wyoming, south dakota trip
  20. 20 Providence RI Waterfire
  21. 21 Total Eclipse of the Sun visible in USA - plan ahead for August 21, 2017
  22. 22 Restaurant recommendations in falmouth/mashpee, ma area
  23. 23 good restaurant near Nawiliwili port, Kauai
  24. 24 Trip Report Charlottesville & NC BBQ Trip Report
  25. 25 New England Foliage Peeping Trip - Oct 4 to 8th
View next 25 » Back to the top

New York and DC with Teens

Jump to last reply

I have been studying the boards for a trip to New York and Washington DC. We are a family of 5--kids 16, 14 and 11. I could use help with logistics and with lodgings.

Would like to do a family vacation starting in late June in NYC and ending in Washington DC over the 4th. Additionally, we would like to drive up to Ithaca NY to see Cornell, as my son really wants to go there and it seems stupid not to take that opportunity too.

We are from the West Coast. I have been to NYC, but it's the first time for everyone else. In NYC, we want to see things in the city. While in DC, we might want to go to Mount Vernon and/or Monticello, maybe Manassas so we would need a car for part of it.

Could use some advice on the logistics: Do we rent a car at the airport, then go straight to Ithaca, then continue with NYC? Then should we train or get another car to DC?

Length of vacation: could be up to two weeks total if I can find lodgings to stretch my budget.

So, hotels: A big problem has been that we have 5 people, not 4. In New York, there are no roll-aways allowed in almost every place I have called, so things get expensive fast. Essentially, in most places I need two rooms, or a suite. Ideally, from past vacations, we would love an apartment but I have studied these boards enough to know the horror stories in NYC especially.

So I am looking for a chain, or a quirky or older hotel somewhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens in an area less famous and sought after. Boring and suburban is fine. We are also totally okay with urban and lived very urban BK. If you have any suggestions, that would be great. I have spent a lot of time looking on here and oyster and more, and made a lot of calls but decided it's time to post for help.

I know the big question is price. Definitely I'd like to keep it under $300/night. Given my druthers, I'd really like $200. I recognize that may be impossible in NYC, even queens so then the next question is, which of the Jersey suburbs is most convenient to the commuter trains into the city. Or would we be better simply staying by one of the airports? I have been comparing maps and my head is spinning.

Regarding DC lodgings, my friends with experience in DC tell me that commuting in is fast and probably my best option and it will likely be less expensive. Any suggestions there also welcome!


Thanks,

Five Alive

28 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement