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Old 05-13-2015, 08:58 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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PS. I assume one/both of you will be bring a Laptop and/or tablet, Just about every hotel will have WiFi (Some Charge for it, but often will have free WiFi in the lobby). thru-out the Hotel. Speed will not be blazing fast, but enough for Email, Web Sites. You can use that to book your next hotel.

Bring your Music and a Aux Plug you can run your music into the car speakers, Most US cars now have USB Ports so you can also keep it charged. If you have a StandAlone GPS you might want to bring that also, (With US maps loaded), you can also rent a GPS Car equipped car also for a additional fee,
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Me and my brother are going on a roadtrip for 3 weeks in august to september. We are in our 20's and 30's. We will be visiting Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, Toronto(maybe) and New York. And I have questions.
In terms of tourism in the Northeast, there is a considerable difference between August and September. The first Monday in September is Labor Day, a public holiday. (This year it's September 7th, as late as it is possible for it to be.) Hotels in beach towns (e.g. Asbury Park and Atlantic City) WILL be booked up in advance during that weekend. You can expect a whole lot of traffic on the highways. And drunk-driving enforcement is stepped up that weekend as well.

If you can arrange to hold off on visiting the beaches until after Labor Day, you'll be much better off. Rates will be lower, hotel availability will be much better, and the weather is still nice enough to swim and sunbathe (at least until mid-September or so).

In general, September (after Labor Day) is one of the slowest times of the year for tourism. So unless you happen to hit a city at the same time as a major convention, you should be able to find hotel rooms on the spur of the moment.

For Baltimore, check the Orioles baseball schedule. If they're playing a game on the same night as you're planning to stay, hotel rooms at the Inner Harbor might be hard to come by. But if you enjoy baseball, Camden Yards is a good place to see a game.

The main road linking Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York is Interstate 95. This "motorway" is at least 6 lanes (3 each way) and most parts of it are at least 8 lanes (4 each way). Services (food, gas, lodging) are plentiful at nearly all exits. You will find lots of tolls from Baltimore on north, and lots of traffic at any and all sections. "Rush hour" (the normal commuter times) are busy in and around the cities, and Friday afternoon/evenings and Sunday afternoon/evenings are busy along the entire stretch of the highway.

If you want an alternate route, one possibility is U.S. 1, which is a local road that roughly parallels I-95. But this is MUCH slower and not particularly scenic in most parts. Also, it passes through some very undesirable parts of Baltimore, so I would stick with I-95 through that city. If you wish to tell us the planned order of the cities you'll be visiting, we might be able to suggest some back roads you may want to consider.

I hope you have a great visit here!
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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We are both smokers. How acceptable is smoking in the US? Can you smoke in public? When walking on a sidewalk? Can you put it out anywhere? This might seem like silly questions, but in Sweden you can smoke almost anywhere and put it out anywhere and I don't want to offend Americans with my smoking or get fined.

As we are two guys. Will people think we are homosexual when we travel together? This might also be thought of as a silly question. But I don't want us to be mistaken for a gay couple. Although I have nothing against gay people.

Can you make u-turns in intersections? I have noticed when looking on streetview that in many places there is a barrier in the middle of the road in bigger roads, so lets say you want to go to a restaurant(or whatever) that is on the left side of the road, how do you get there when there is a barrier in the middle? Barriers in the middle of the road aren't common in sweden.
Smoking is becoming less socially accepted in this country. Many restaurants and hotels have become entirely non-smoking. If you want to smoke in your hotel, make absolutely certain that you find a hotel that allows it, and then book yourselves into a smoking room. (Even the hotels that allow smoking will do so only in certain designated rooms. Ask for a "smoking room.") That said, people do still smoke on the sidewalks of the major cities (away from building entrances), and when they're done they typically drop the butts onto the sidewalk. Yes, it's littering; but it's generally tolerated.

I have no idea what the social customs are in Sweden, but in the U.S. two men (even if they are brothers) do not hold hands in public, unless they are gay. So if you would be otherwise inclined to hold hands with your brother in public, but don't want to be thought of as gay, then don't do it.

Nearly all intersections allow U-turns. At intersections controlled by traffic lights, if you have a green arrow, you can make your turn in the face of oncoming traffic (who will be stopped at a red light). You also have the right of way over anyone turning right from the intersecting street onto the street onto which you are U-turning; but watch out for them, because they may not realize you are U-turning (they'll think you're just turning left) and start making their turn anyway. If you have a solid green light, you must yield to oncoming traffic, then watch out for the right turners as described above. If the light is red, you cannot make a U-turn.

By the way, even if a road doesn't have a barrier, this does not mean you can do a U-turn in the middle of a block. In general, U-turns are only allowed either at intersections or at breaks in the median. If you are on a road with a double-yellow line down the middle, you should not make a U-turn over that line. If the road you're on has a separate left-turn lane, make your U-turn from that lane.
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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At the risk of stating the obvious, but since I'm not familiar with European signage, this sign means "No U-turn."




If you see that sign somewhere, don't do a U-turn there. If you don't see it, and it's otherwise safe to make a U-turn, then it is probably safe to assume that you can do it.

If you see any sign showing a symbol with a red circle around it and a red diagonal slash through it, that means "don't do whatever the symbol is showing" (no U-turn, no left turn, etc.)

EDIT to say, sorry but I didn't realize the sign image would be so huge when it posted. But at least you can't miss it! :-)
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:33 AM
 
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Smoking is becoming less socially accepted in this country. Many restaurants and hotels have become entirely non-smoking. If you want to smoke in your hotel, make absolutely certain that you find a hotel that allows it, and then book yourselves into a smoking room. (Even the hotels that allow smoking will do so only in certain designated rooms. Ask for a "smoking room.") That said, people do still smoke on the sidewalks of the major cities (away from building entrances), and when they're done they typically drop the butts onto the sidewalk. Yes, it's littering; but it's generally tolerated.

I have no idea what the social customs are in Sweden, but in the U.S. two men (even if they are brothers) do not hold hands in public, unless they are gay. So if you would be otherwise inclined to hold hands with your brother in public, but don't want to be thought of as gay, then don't do it.
I'm not sure if you meant to be funny but no... us Swedes do not hold hands, or hug or show affection to siblings. Thats only for romantic couples(gay or straight).


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Nearly all intersections allow U-turns. At intersections controlled by traffic lights, if you have a green arrow, you can make your turn in the face of oncoming traffic (who will be stopped at a red light). You also have the right of way over anyone turning right from the intersecting street onto the street onto which you are U-turning; but watch out for them, because they may not realize you are U-turning (they'll think you're just turning left) and start making their turn anyway. If you have a solid green light, you must yield to oncoming traffic, then watch out for the right turners as described above. If the light is red, you cannot make a U-turn.

By the way, even if a road doesn't have a barrier, this does not mean you can do a U-turn in the middle of a block. In general, U-turns are only allowed either at intersections or at breaks in the median. If you are on a road with a double-yellow line down the middle, you should not make a U-turn over that line. If the road you're on has a separate left-turn lane, make your U-turn from that lane.
Thanks for the reply. The rules regarding u-turns and traffic lights sounds very similar to Swedish rules. But and this might be a stupid question... why do you have barriers in the middle of alot of roads? It seems to me it just complicates things.
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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why do you have barriers in the middle of alot of roads?

To Stop head on crashes, Divides/keep cars on there side of the road.

Roads with Barriers will tend to be in the 40mph+ range roads, The barriers were put in to keep a car from veering over the "Yellow" lines and causing head on (mostly Fatal Crashes) If you get hit and go out of control you hit the barrier and bounce/crash into it but stay on your side of the road.
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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In terms of tourism in the Northeast, there is a considerable difference between August and September. The first Monday in September is Labor Day, a public holiday. (This year it's September 7th, as late as it is possible for it to be.) Hotels in beach towns (e.g. Asbury Park and Atlantic City) WILL be booked up in advance during that weekend. You can expect a whole lot of traffic on the highways. And drunk-driving enforcement is stepped up that weekend as well.

If you can arrange to hold off on visiting the beaches until after Labor Day, you'll be much better off. Rates will be lower, hotel availability will be much better, and the weather is still nice enough to swim and sunbathe (at least until mid-September or so).

In general, September (after Labor Day) is one of the slowest times of the year for tourism. So unless you happen to hit a city at the same time as a major convention, you should be able to find hotel rooms on the spur of the moment.

For Baltimore, check the Orioles baseball schedule. If they're playing a game on the same night as you're planning to stay, hotel rooms at the Inner Harbor might be hard to come by. But if you enjoy baseball, Camden Yards is a good place to see a game.

The main road linking Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York is Interstate 95. This "motorway" is at least 6 lanes (3 each way) and most parts of it are at least 8 lanes (4 each way). Services (food, gas, lodging) are plentiful at nearly all exits. You will find lots of tolls from Baltimore on north, and lots of traffic at any and all sections. "Rush hour" (the normal commuter times) are busy in and around the cities, and Friday afternoon/evenings and Sunday afternoon/evenings are busy along the entire stretch of the highway.

If you want an alternate route, one possibility is U.S. 1, which is a local road that roughly parallels I-95. But this is MUCH slower and not particularly scenic in most parts. Also, it passes through some very undesirable parts of Baltimore, so I would stick with I-95 through that city. If you wish to tell us the planned order of the cities you'll be visiting, we might be able to suggest some back roads you may want to consider.

I hope you have a great visit here!
We will be landing at 18th august at exactly noon at Newark airport. From there we will continue by car imidietly to Asbury Park and stay over the night. Then next we will go to Atlantic City. Then Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, Toronto, New York in that order. At the 10th of september we will fly home on the evening.

So basicly unless we are very unlucky that there are conventions or events at the city we come to, we should be able to find hotel rooms on the day without booking in advance?
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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By in large you should be able to find hotels, I would "Book" night before for your next night.

NYC i would book in-advance,
Bigger Cities the Rates during the weekends tend to be somewhat cheaper.

Again I would return the rental car to EWR (Newark) before you go into NYC, And use Shuttle Service, Train/Subway, Bus to go into NYC, from EWR after Rental Return, and back to EWR to take your flight home.

SuperShuttle Newark | EWR Airport Shuttle | EWR Shuttle Service | NYC Shuttle | NYC Airport Shuttle

https://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-airtrain.html

https://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-...portation.html
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I'm not sure if you meant to be funny but no... us Swedes do not hold hands, or hug or show affection to siblings. Thats only for romantic couples(gay or straight).


Thanks for the reply. The rules regarding u-turns and traffic lights sounds very similar to Swedish rules. But and this might be a stupid question... why do you have barriers in the middle of alot of roads? It seems to me it just complicates things.
No, I was being serious; I know nothing about Sweden or the social norms in that country.

As flyonpa said, the barriers are there to prevent head-on crashes. Again, I don't know about Sweden, but the U.S. has a lot of high-speed roads, where the legal speed limits are 65 mph (about 105 kph) or more. Interstate highways are required by design codes to include either a median (wide grassy area) or a solid barrier between the two directions of travel. Other types of expressways/freeways have them as well, as do some other multi-lane divided highways.

(As a sidenote, in case you don't know, "interstate" refers to a system of multi-lane divided highways with totally controlled access; similar to "motorway" in Great Britain, for example.)


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We will be landing at 18th august at exactly noon at Newark airport. From there we will continue by car imidietly to Asbury Park and stay over the night. Then next we will go to Atlantic City. Then Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, Toronto, New York in that order. At the 10th of september we will fly home on the evening.

So basicly unless we are very unlucky that there are conventions or events at the city we come to, we should be able to find hotel rooms on the day without booking in advance?
I would recommend advance reservations at Asbury Park and Atlantic City. The tourism season is starting to wind down at that time (because kids are starting to return to school), but it'll still be pretty busy up through Labor Day. And really, after having traveled across the Atlantic, do you really want to spend your first bits of time here trying to find lodging?

Be advised, Atlantic City apart from the oceanfront strip of casino-hotels is very, very rundown. If you're looking for a charming beach town, either Ocean City or Cape May (both a short distance to the south) would be much better choices.

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Old 05-13-2015, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I use hotels.com and often book a hotel the day I need it. It's always worked out well for me.

A word of advice for Atlantic City, stay at one of the major casinos. Cheap motels in Atlantic City can be a bad move.
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