New York City is a dream destination for tourists. There are experiences of all shapes and sizes, for all ages, at all hours of the day. After years of debating a trip to the Big Apple, we finally decided our children were the right ages where we could successfully tackle the city and all it has to offer. We have survived the stroller stage, and the kids are all self-sufficient, so New York City seemed like the ideal fall getaway. However, New York City can seem overwhelming for someone unfamiliar to the city. When I realized my Mastercard World Elite card has a 24 hour Concierge that could help with our planning, I turned to them to help plan our… [Read More]
Can you believe our “See the USA” series has already reached the letter U? We have been exploring the United States as we make our way through the alphabet each and every week. This week we have arrived at the letter U and Utica, New York. Hopefully you caught the best of Traverse City, Michigan last week and Seattle the week before. This week I am thrilled to have Shannon from 100 Routes Across America sharing the top 5 family friendly things to do in Utica, New York!
Fall in the Northeast, particularly New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is the perfect time for a road trip. The summer vacationers have passed through, the leaves are changing, and the air is crisp. The fall views are so stunning they are worthy of a road trip, even if it only lasts a few hours, to see the Northeast in its full beauty. For travelers venturing from the Big Apple, several of the best views can be found within a few hours drive of New York City. Here are a few of the best fall day trips from New York City, most of them only requiring an hour or two of driving.
I’ve really enjoyed learning about other cities with this “See the USA” series and I hope you have too. Hopefully you caught the best of Los Angeles last week Key West the week before. We’re half way through the alphabet with letter M and Manhattan (New York, not Kansas). I am thrilled to have Linda from NYC Single Mom sharing the top 5 family friendly things to do in Manhattan.
We have reached the stopping point for our road trip to Cooperstown and are ready to explore. Cooperstown is a small village nestled along Lake Otsego in upstate New York. Most visitors arrive for the baseball tournaments that take place at the nearby Dreams Park for thirteen weeks each summer. Families congregate along the main street (aptly called Main Street) and filter in and out of the numerous baseball souvenir shops all day long. Thankfully, there is more to Cooperstown than baseball, you just have to know where to look.
A common mistake that might be made during a road trip is underestimating the amount of time it will take to reach a destination. That is probably the best way to summarize our second day of travel. If you go to Google Maps and type in Cleveland to Cooperstown Dreams Park, the estimated time is approximately 6.5 hours. We knew that our son was expected to check in at the barracks at 6 p.m., so we planned to sleep in and leave by 9 a.m., giving us plenty of time. Except that wasn’t the case.
*A big shout out to my sister for sharing her family’s Lake Placid experience with me. You’re the best! If you are looking for some winter family fun, Lake Placid is an excellent destination to visit. Located 5 hours from the New York City and Boston areas, nestled in the stunning Adirondack mountains, lies the charming town of Lake Placid, New York, home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Lake Placid’s ski resort, Whiteface Mountain, features one of the highest mountain peaks east of the Rockies. The Whiteface Resort is the center of all things winter sports related, but visitors will find many enjoyable activities off the slopes as well.