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Old 07-05-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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Looking for suggestions of where to stop and what to see on road trip from charlotte to boston. Will be traveling Saturday to Monday with 2 adults and 3 boys, 10, 7 and 4. Want safe stops along the way to spend the afternoon with things for the kids that don't cost a fortune. Hoping to spend no more than 5 to 6 hours in the car a day, hubby has a touchy back and can't ride comfortably more than that. Thank you!
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:20 AM
 
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Washington DC would be a terrific stop with attractions such as the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo free (no admission cost). Stay somewhere close to a Metro station (DC's clean and safe) subway system such as Springfield-Franconia which is at the end of the Blue Line in Northern Virginia close to I-95. The Best Western would be a good option there with a free shuttle to/from the Metro, free breakfast and kids stay free!

Museums and Zoo | Smithsonian
Metro - Rail
Springfield VA Hotel - Best Western Springfield Hotel
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:10 AM
 
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Maybe: Home | crayolaexperience.com

Hershey, PA > The Sweetest Place On Earth

Also, what route are you taking to get to Boston?
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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We are thinking 77N-81N-84E-90E.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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These may work too: Herkimer Diamonds - Home

Cascades Indoor Waterpark | Greek Peak Mountain Resort

Sylvan-Verona Beach Resort Area, Sylvan Beach, NY

Howe Caverns

http://m.luraycaverns.com

Also, if you want to avoid tolls on I-90 in NY, you can take I-88. You can pick it up around Binghamton. That would eliminate the diamond mines, Sylvan Beach and Greek Peak, but you can still do Howe Caverns or the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. You would still have to get on I-90 around Schenectady, but you wouldn't have to pay a toll from Syracuse to Schenectady like you would if you got on I-90 east just north of Syracuse.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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Gettysburg is About 5-6 Hrs. Then 5-6hrs to BOS

Is sort of the mid point of the trip.

What kind of things to you boys like? There may be other thing
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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We are thinking 77N-81N-84E-90E.
It's equidistant using I-95 and you'll see more riveting/interesting attractions versus heading up I-81 and over through PA.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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It's equidistant using I-95 and you'll see more riveting/interesting attractions versus heading up I-81 and over through PA.
I think it may be a matter of traffic and tolls, as well as scenery. That is only a guess on my part though.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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I think it may be a matter of traffic and tolls, as well as scenery. That is only a guess on my part though.
Traffic will be a wash, though I suppose if one is pinching pennies bypassing a wealth of cultural opportunity in lieu of paying around $20 worth of tolls is going to be worth it for them....
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:03 AM
 
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Traffic will be a wash, though I suppose if one is pinching pennies bypassing a wealth of cultural opportunity in lieu of paying around $20 worth of tolls is going to be worth it for them....
Not really, as I-81, I-77 and I-88 don't have the same amount of traffic as I-95. Plus, there are enough activities along the route the OP mentioned. It is a less built up route and there some nice scenery in that area of VA, WV, MD, PA and NY. Besides, they can take one route one way and the other route another way.
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