(Closed) USA Road Trip- Toronto to Florida- Tips and Suggestions?!

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well I live in Philadelphia so I can only comment on what to do here.  We have a boatload of culture and arts and everything else you can imagine.  So here’s my list for you.

Things to see IN Philadelphia

  • Independence Hall/Liberty Bell in olde city (all the founding fathers stuff)
  • Reading Terminal Market (tons of eateries in the old station)
  • Italian Market/South Philly (oldest outdoor market in the us)
  • Visit Philadelphia Museum of Art and run up the steps (because who doesnt love rocky?)
  • Have a cheeseteak anywehere BUT Pat’s and Geno’s (they’re awful)
  • Walk!  We’re a major walking town

Things to do in the burbs not far off 95

  • Visit Longwod Gardens
  • Head out to Brandywine and see old civil war battlegrounds
  • Go to King of Prussia mall (largest mall in the US)

Being along 95 will give you access to other great cities too.  DC, Boston, NYC Providence, etc.  I won’t give you lists for them I’m sure bees will chime in.  But it’ll be prime visitations on that highway.  Good luck choosing!

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Atlanta – eat at the Varsity and check out the Georgia Aquarium; add the World of Coke next door if you have time (all three of these are pretty close to one another

Chattanooga – the Choo-Choo and Lookout Mountain; also a great place to do a cave tour

D.C. – U.S. capital and home to lots of free attractions; check out the Smithsonian museums and wall along The Mall (park that stretches from the U.S. Capital Building to the Lincoln Memorial)

South of the Border – it’s a tourist trap off I-95 at the South Carolina/North Carolina border but it can make for fun pics

 

Post # 6
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  • Wedding: November 2012

@FoolsintheRain:  if you do end up choosing philly, feel free to PM me with any questions you might have,

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Avoid taking 75 thru Atlanta during rush hour. It is amazing how many people travel 75 to and from Florida during rush hour. It is seriously a nightmare….especially on Fridays during the spring break months. It once took me over 3 hours to make my 45 minute commute bc of the amount of people traveling. 

Post # 9
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  • Wedding: April 2013

@FoolsintheRain:  I also live in Toronto!!! That is a seriously long drive to Florida and I dont know if I could ever do it but to escape this weather I think I could suck it up!! lol

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Avoid 95 at all costs if you are in the following states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia…  It is the worst.  

 

I would use Google maps and look at what places along the way seem interesting.  Then use their “add a destination” feature to make a big map…and then alter it to avoid 95.

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@FoolsintheRain:  Rush hour is generally the time that 8 to 5ers are driving to work and then back home.  Try to get through Atlanta after 9am and before 3pm or after 7pm and before 6am.  (The Varsity, World of Coke, and the Aquarium are all downtown.)

http://www.thesouthoftheborder.com/  You will see lots of signs, can’t miss it.  It’s a great place to stop and eat and fill up on gas.  It’s a tourist trap but if you know that going in and you only stay for an hour or two, it’s pretty memorable.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FoolsintheRain:  75 will take you straight through Atlanta (where I am!) The largest aquarium in the world is here, as is Coke World, CNN and some awesome Southern Food.

Once you’re in FL, there’s so much to do!

Have fun!

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

OH and someone reminded me on another board.  St. Augustine’s historic district is worth a stop too.  It’s the oldest European settlement in the U.S. (est 1535!)  That’s where we are getting married; we stay at a B&B there regularly for romatic weekends as well.  If not St. Augustine then check out Savannah, another great old city with a beautiful historic district (lots of oak trees and green spaces.)

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR and I make this trek often (couple of times a year).  It will take longer than you imagine…

The I-75 Route being aprox 2,348 Kms (1,459 Miles) or about 21-1/2 Hours of Driving Time (so 3 solid days of 7 Hours Driving each).  Which means, even if you do this at a rapid pace, you’ll spend a week in the car just driving to and from Florida !!

I-95 and any combo to get back into Ontario (1000 Islands or Niagara Falls) even longer !!

GOOGLE MAPS is great for estimating your route & times etc.

Altho there are some great cities worth a look see along the I-95 including… St Augustine Florida – Savannah Georgia – and Charleston South Carolina

As someone else mentioned traffic around some US cities can be bad… but honestly nothing as bad as Toronto (which has the most traffic in North America statistically)

Still tho if a major city has a bypass, I recommend using them (those are well marked)

IF you do plan to use I-95 there is a worthwhile shortcut to get away from the Eastern Seaboard major cities (Washington DC – Baltimore Maryland – Philadelphia Pennsylvania – and New York City) and their traffic … just south of Washington take Hwy 17 to the northwest thru Warrenton Virginia (horse country) until you meet up with I-66 which you take west to I-81 (from there head up I-81 to the 1000 Islands… or connect to I-70 and I-90 and then cross country up to Niagara Falls). 

Any how… that is the basics… if you like you can PM (personal message) me for more info. 

Hope this helps,

PS… South of the Border, lol is a very very tacky tourist stop along the I-95 (in SC “just south of the Border with North Carolina”).  It is one of the famous roadside attractions of America that was built in the 1950s and 1960s as car travel / vacations came of age.

 

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

EDIT TO ADD

Florida is fantastic… the whole state is an amazing destination (no wonder us Canadians LOVE it so much !!)

What you see and do is up to you.  You could sit still in one spot the whole time… or drive around the state and see something different every single day !!

And just so you know… Mr TTR and I did a similar road trip back in 2008 (18 Days total … down, around, and back) and we put about 7,000 Kms on the car.

It can be a fun vacation… but not cheap from a transportation perspective… Gas, Tolls, Oil Change, and on occasion Parking Fees.

As I said, if you want more info, drop me a PM

 

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