New york in August and mini road trip

Old Feb 19th, 2013, 05:10 AM
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New york in August and mini road trip

Hi, me my husband and two children of 15 and 17 are flying into new york JFK airport on the 5th August and leave on 19th August, we are planning to hire a car and do a mini road trip, any ideas of a route and what accomadation we should book in advance
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Old Feb 19th, 2013, 05:22 AM
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A couple of questions for clarification?

1. How long of a mini-road trip? a few days, 1 week, 1.5 weeks?
2. What are you interested in seeing on your road trip? visit other cities, go to the beach for a few days, get out into the countryside for hiking/camping, visit rural parts of the northeast/small towns/history/culture?
3. How much driving do you want to do? Drive once to a different place and use that as hub, or a day here, a day there, with driving in between?
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Old Feb 19th, 2013, 06:23 AM
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Agree we need more info to be useful.

If you are headed for beaches you definitely will need reservtions. Some places rent for only a week at a time and almost everyplace will require you take at least Fri and Sat and sometimes Sun as well for a weekend.
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Old Feb 19th, 2013, 10:46 PM
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5th to 19th August, 14 nights, land at JFK and leave JFK, need ideas on iterneray and accomadation
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We want to drive no more then 3-4 hours at a time, take in some theme parks and also a bit of beach, like the look of Niagara falls, any route or accomadation ideas of cheap, clean and basic hotels will be great, also do I book accomadation for the whole 14 night stay in August to make sure we do everything we have planned?
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As everyone has said, it depends entirely on where you're going as to whether or not you'll need to book accommodations in advance. In Cape Cod, Long Island, and perhaps even the Hudson Valley absolutely yes, and in popular resort areas, definitely you'll need to stay the whole weekend in the summer.

There are relatively few theme parks in the northeast, and none that is truly spectacular (nothing whatsoever on the scale of Walt Disney World or even Disneyland for that matter). We have Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and Great Adventure in New Jersey.

I think it really depends on where you want to go. I'd probably recommend going down toward DC and Wiliamsburg, where there is a theme park as well as lots of interesting US historical sights (assuming you are interested in US history). Around Williamsburg and DC you'll need reservations. You could probably go down as far as Charleston or Myrtle Beach (great beaches), though I'd recommend heading instead to the Asheville area in North Carolina for spectacular scenery. You could even do Dollywood.

Another route takes you north into cooler areas of New England, perhaps as far as Maine. There are theme parks that direction, but fewer and farther between. But there's also a lot of history. You can do Niagara Falls, but it takes you far out of the way (to the north and west) of the most interesting parts of New England and would take 3 days total (including long long drives to and from). But many people want to do it.

Either way, with two weeks and a lack of interest in long-term driving, I'd recommend the southern route even though it's hotter. You'll find spectacular scenery in the mountains of North Carolina (reservations required in the summer).
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Hi, also can anyone recommend any cheap motels for shopping new york and not too far from JKf airport where we fiorst land for the fist few nights
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Whatever you do, do not book an airport hotel if you want to stay in NYC. If you want to visit NYC, then you can stay in Long Island City in Queens (the Comfort Inn and Country Inn & Suites are among the most popular lodgings there). Realize that hotels in NYC cost in excess of $250 per night for most of the year, but deals can be found in August.

If you want to shop, then you may want to visit an outlet mall, but the one you choose depends on where you go on your road trip since they are all outside of NYC proper. There are outlet malls in Long Island and northern New Jersey (relatively close to NYC but really reachable only by car). There's also Woodbury Common, one of the best outlet malls in the country, which is reachable by bus from Manhattan on a day-trip). But you may want to visit outlet malls near Williamsburg if you go south or Wrentham, MA, or Portland, ME, if you go north on your road trip.

If you want to visit Manhattan and the NYC sights, then I strongly recommend you pick a lodging on an NYC subway line or on a PATH line from New Jersey (most of these have no free parking). If you stay in Queens, then don't rent the car until after your visit to NYC, and perhaps find a JFK airport hotel for your last night before you flight home.
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