QUOTE(allover @ Jul 21 2009, 04:37 PM)
QUOTE(marian55 @ Jul 19 2009, 03:29 PM)
We have traveled from Niagara Falls, Canada to Key West by car beautiful driving experience. F.Y.I. we found a good way to pick a place to stay for the night is when you cross into the state that you might be staying in is to go to the welcome/info centres to check out all accommodations along the route that you will be traveling. We have found that quite a few motels have discount coupons in the travelers guides as well as if you have a CAA/AAA card you could get the coupon price and the card discount for a motel room.
I remember from when I went down Route 66 last year that motels give you a AAA discount even if you are not even a AAA member... Which was kinda cool...
I'm really excited for the driving as well, especially down at the Keys...
The thing is that we are trying to stay at hostels cause it's cheaper, and I don't think that they have information on hostels in the welcome centers do they?
Maybe I should plan a route and then check hostelworld to find some good ones on our way..
But if you have any more information on "must sees" let me know!
Your route that takes you to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania should also include a stop at the Hershey Chocolate Factory
(half-way between Harrisburg and Lancaster) in Penn. The simulated tour is so no contaminants get into the chocolate in the actual factory.
Baltimore is a good stop if you like trains, I would check out The Baltimore&Ohio Railroad Museum
I wouldn't drive on I-95 anytime close to rush hour between Baltimore--to--Washington D.C.
When in Washington D.C. the Smithsonian's are a must see, so many to pick, I wouldn't go to all of them. The city has a lot of memorials/statues for all to see.
In Virginia on your way to the beach, you have to check out Busch-Gardens
in Williamsburg. There is the colonial town of Williamsburg and an amusement park that has a very European styling (beer-gardens, oom-pah-pah-bands, etc.). I liked it better than the one in Florida.
Just at the border welcome centre for Florida, you stop for your free taste of grapefruit and orange juice while you check the state accommodations. Then you can continue on to Daytona. One place to see is the Daytona Racetrack/Hall of fame complex, then end at the beach. Cape Canaveral Space Center
is a must see, with the free outdoor rocket museum, and if your interested the tour of the whole complex (even the actual shuttle launch pad).
In Miami check out the art-deco around South Beach.
If you don't mind swimming with Dolphins, you can on Marathon Key, at an Aquatic Rehabilitation Center.
Finally at the end of U.S.A., Key West is practically 60 miles from Cuba at the pylon marker
and I liked the glass-bottom boat tour for watching under-water activity.