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Old 04-04-2014, 08:32 PM
 
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Hi all, my family is taking a vacation to visit my sisters wife and husband in Montreal, Canada in August. We are leaving from Lawrence, ks. On the way there we would like to visit Washington DC, NYC, and Niagara Falls. My wife's parents are going with us, they are from China and would like to visit some major sites. We have to get back to our business so we are hoping to make the trip 10 days, and can add a couple days possibly. The parents will be staying in Canada after we leave, so just 2 of us driving straight back, with no over night stops. If that is too much we can skip NYC.

So far our destinations include:
Niagara Falls
Times Square
National Space Museum
Capitol building
Various monuments and memorials

I was also wondering are there any aircraft carrier or battleship museums in that area, I went to one in Texas years ago and I was amazed, and I'd like them to get to experience that.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:37 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Hi all, my family is taking a vacation to visit my sisters wife and husband in Montreal, Canada in August. We are leaving from Lawrence, ks. On the way there we would like to visit Washington DC, NYC, and Niagara Falls. My wife's parents are going with us, they are from China and would like to visit some major sites. We have to get back to our business so we are hoping to make the trip 10 days, and can add a couple days possibly. The parents will be staying in Canada after we leave, so just 2 of us driving straight back, with no over night stops. If that is too much we can skip NYC.

So far our destinations include:
Niagara Falls
Times Square
National Space Museum
Capitol building
Various monuments and memorials

I was also wondering are there any aircraft carrier or battleship museums in that area, I went to one in Texas years ago and I was amazed, and I'd like them to get to experience that.
Be sure to allow yourself at least 4-5 days to enjoy Montreal and perhaps even take in Quebec City for a day. If you think the group can keep up with schlepping around museums and iconic landmarks in fast paced areas like DC & NYC then by all means go for it. I use to travel like that and had a lot of good times. You'll remember your favorite places along the way and you want to go back again. Since you want to cover a lot of ground in DC I'd probably consider at least 2 nights in DC to allow yourself a full day of exploration and a good rest afterwards. You'd probably want to position your hotel right in town close to the attractions that you want to see.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The Intrepid Air and Space Museum in Manhattan has an aircraft carrier, a submarine and the space shuttle Enterprise.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:51 PM
 
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Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

Also, along the route: Tourist Attraction in NY | Battle Reenactments | Family Vacations Ideas
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:33 PM
 
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Charleston SC, and Wilmington NC, have battleships. The Washington DC Navy Yard has for tourists, the ship "U.S.S. Barrie" (although it's not well-known) -- and Baltimore Harbor has the "U.S.S. Constellation" and the submarine "Torsk." NYC as mentioned, has the U.S.S. "Intrepid."

You can get PLENTY of information and advice on visiting the local areas you mentioned, on the following site Reviews of Hotels, Flights and Vacation Rentals - TripAdvisor . Also see Smithsonian .

This new (and free) museum in Quantico, VA, beside I-95, is very impressive. http://www.usmcmuseum.org
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:11 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I was also wondering are there any aircraft carrier or battleship museums in that area, I went to one in Texas years ago and I was amazed, and I'd like them to get to experience that.
Philadelphia's waterfront has some battleship museums with old vessels from the late 1800's.
Independence Seaport Museum
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:38 PM
 
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Fly.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Do the Parents have a tourist visa to be in Canada ? Or have they applied for , or been granted Permanent Resident status in Canada ?

If the answer is no, then they need to apply for permission to stay in Canada, after you leave Canada . If they simply show up at the Canadian port of entry, without proper documents, they will be denied entry to Canada.

Jim B

Toronto.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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This is just me but there's no way I would be able to enjoy much of that incredibly rushed trip. And from my experience things always move slower with a group of people. So I'd strongly advise extending your number of days or cutting back on the number of destinations. Travel alone will take 5 full days at least (google maps says minimum 55 hours of driving), leaving you with only about one day for each city. Perhaps doable, but not too enjoyable.

One other thought: if you're going through Niagara Falls then I'd definitely stop in Toronto as well. Not only is it a great city, but it'll be a godsend for an older Chinese couple. Toronto's Cantonese cuisine is arguably the best outside of Hong Kong (I know many of them think it's better, lol) I can imagine if I lived in Lawrence, KS that I would be starved for some great Chinese food of any style. Anyway, just a thought. Obviously NYC is pretty good for that, too.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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One other thing...who are you visiting?? Lol...well, after reading the entire post again I'm gathering it's your wife's sister and her husband. I was confused at first but now I get it.

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Hi all, my family is taking a vacation to visit my sisters wife and husband in Montreal, Canada in August.
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