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Anyone live in PA, Upper NY, Canada to help with vacation info??

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We are planning a trip to Ohio (Akron area) to visit family then from there off for a few days. We were thinking of Hershey/Lancaster PA area, but we've driven through NY to Canada (eh!) from Ohio before. However, that was before kids! We will be driving home to Charlotte, NC.


What do you think? I may not get any replies because it seems like an unusual question. I'm just wondering about the distance to drive and how feasible it is.


If you have any suggestions, let me know. Thanks. Sheryl <><

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I'm not sure I totally understand your route. Would you be in Ohio and going through NY to Ontario, then back down through NY to NC?


In Western NY there's always Niagara Falls. If you went up to Ontario there, drove through to the Ogdensburg border crossing back into NY you could then go through the Adirondacks.


At Tupper Lake there's a brand new museum that's really nice. If you headed over to Lake Placid there's a bunch of fun shopping, restaurants, olympic sites, etc., to see. You can drive up to Whiteface mountain and then take an elevator after you walk through a tunnel) to the very top to picnic and hike back down - it's spectacular.


Then you can cut over to 87 - the northway - and drive back down south. You'd go through Saratoga - where there's the track, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, lots of cute shops and restaurants, and a battlefield from the revolutionary war.


You'd go near Albany, NY - the capitol - where there's another good museum - and then south to Pennsylvania.


That would all be a looooong drive!


From the Ohio/NY border you could probably do Niagara Falls or the Buffalo Zoo and the drive through Ontario in one day. Then you'd spend at least a day in the Adirondacks if you wanted to see anything. From Albany to Philadelphia is about 6.5 hours, I think.


This is all pretty general info....

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Thanks Jennifer!


Yes....We live in NC. Will be driving to Ohio to visit family. With gas prices the way they are here in the states, we thought we'd go ahead and drive east/north or some combination of that ~ PA, NY, Canada.


The last time we visited Canada was 10 years ago and we, once again, were in Ohio at a wedding and drove up to Ottawa, Montreal ~ BEAUTIFUL!


For the sake of the drive we may need to limit to PA area.


Thanks for your response. Did you live in eastern Canada at any time?


Sheryl <><

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I grew up in Schenectady, NY and still spend every summer at Sacandaga Reservoir, at the southern end of the Adirondacks. We've driven back to BC via the Ogdensburg border crossing twice, and I've been all over the Adirondacks.


I've never lived in eastern Canada, though, and don't know too much about what to do/see there.

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This is my neighborhood. It is beautiful and all the above info makes for a fun vacation but it is a long drive! We are rather partial to trips to Canada from the Ogdensberg Bridge Crossing. We crisscross the Adirondacks on a regular basis. If you have any specific questions I'll try and answer. Have a great trip!

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