What are your recommendations for a road trip from New York to Niagara Falls ?
WE ARE TWO COUPLES IN OUR 50S AND WE PLAN TO SPEND 7-8 DAYS IN MAY DRIVING FROM NEW YORK THROUGH CONNECTICUT, MASSACHUSETTS, VERMONT, THROUGH CANADA TO NIAGARA FALLS AND BACK TO NEW YORK. WHERE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO STAY AND SIGHTS ALONG THE WAY? WE THOUGHT TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION AS WE GO, WOULD THIS BE VIABLE?
If you Google “National Geographic Ultimate Road Trips”, you can find a number of drives including one along New York’s Hudson River Valley, another through the state’s Finger Lakes, a drive through Montreal’s wine country and another through Pennsylvania that you can stitch together and help you plan this trip in detail. If you follow the Hudson River Valley out of New York, once you get close to southern Massachusetts you might take Route 7 which will lead you north through the lgorgeous Berkshires into southern Vermont, then turn slightly east to pick up Vermont Route 100, a narrow, wandering sylph of a road rated one of the loveliest drives in the country. The road ends at Newport, on the Canadian border. From there you can cross to Montreal, then Niagara Falls and back to New York City. This is a lot to fit into your time frame however. If I were you I’d forget Canada and turn east out of Vermont and spend some time exploring Cape Cod before heading back to New York City.
There’s so much to see in this part of the world it’s not possible to construct a definitive list, it really depends on your own interests. My own list would include West Point, Hancock Shaker Village, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Green Mountains National Park and the villages of Rhinebeck, Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Grafton and the grounds of Harvard University.
In May you should be fine to book accommodation as you go.
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