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Posted: 05/23/19 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The roads around Toronto include the busiest freeway in the world, or used to be until recently!
Also, make sure that you have NO weapons of any kind, including mace pepper spray etc, or anything related to them like holsters, shell casings etc, that will trigger a more intensive search.


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Are you wanting to visit the big cities or are they just place holders for your general route?

As bgum asked, have you been to Washington D.C.? Easy to spend a week there between the museums, monuments, etc. Stay outside the city and take the Metro in. We also found Monticello in VA really interesting.

I find much of I-80 tough to drive because of the amount of truck traffic. Makes it very busy plus the highway is quite rutted because of all the trucks. We much prefer I-70 when possible. So to avoid that section, how about Pittsburg (any reason you picked that far west on your northern trek?) to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, then east through upstate NY, VT, NH (and any other New England destinations) to Maine (Acadia NP of course). From Maine, head east to and through NB/NS, then through Quebec. Continue west through Canada staying north of the big cities when appropriate. Reenter the U.S. either near Detroit or further north near Pt. Edward. South through Michigan. Plan on visitng Greenfield Village-Henry Ford Museum. Then pick your way south to Springfield Ill to visit the Lincoln Museum and the Lincoln Home. Both amazing places. Then pick your route to Denver. (Straight east from Springfield you'll hit the Mississippi at Hannibal, MO. A little touristy but interesting place along the rivier).

Don't know when your planned visit to Denver is, but Big Bend is cooler the later in the fall you can visit. A little out of the way if you're going direct to Carlsbad from Denver, but the jaunt west to Santa Fe might be of interest.

Austin is interesting, but plan on a full day in San Antonio not only to visit the Alamo but also the other missions along the Mission Trail. Don't miss sampling some amazing BBQ in the Hill Country.

A very long trip so once you pick a specific route, break it into sections and post questions about smaller segments.


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Not sure how Tampa humdity compares to Houston and new Orleans, but it's plenty hot and humid along the coast in the summer. Just be prepared.


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OP here. Many great ideas, thanks to all who have taken the time to write. We will definitely study the rules re entering/returning from Canada (done it once, a couple of years ago, will check for the latest regs). Also, will now avoid I-80!

We enjoy cities (museums, architecture, casual local restaurants, etc.). We've had good experiences finding an RV park on the outskirts and commuting in for 2-3 days. Tips that fit this plan are welcome for the Canadian cities and Chicago. We are skipping NY, Boston, Philly, DC this trip. We recently lived in Denver, so are familiar there.

The suggestions for Parks, historical sites, great scenery, interesting small towns, etc. are welcome. As I said, no way we can see it all on such a long trip, but love the thoughts of those who have been there.

Plan so far is to be in Canada 3-4 weeks late July and August, New England and Upstate NY for a month, then west to Chicago, then arriving in Denver early October for a wedding, leaving there October 14th. So our trip through Texas and the south will be in hopefully cooler weather.

Thanks again, and please keep posting!

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As far as going in and out of Canada, check out the forum on Canada and Alaska. A lot of do's and don'ts. You must have a US passport to return to the US. When we went thru Canada to Alaska, your drivers license was good enough to get into Canada but we used our passports any way.

also info on not only firearms but food that is not allowed by either Canada or the US.


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If Chicago is a must do on your list, you might want to consider staying here: Paul Wolff Campground and taking the train into Chicago.

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Driving in the Toronto area means that nothing anywhere else will faze you. The roads are inadequate for the traffic. (I live in the area.)
There is a toll road called 407 ETR. If you do not have a transponder, they bill you, bill you for sending the bill, and charge extra if you are over, I think, 5 tons.
The campgrounds I know in the area are all at least an hour out of town.
Canada only checks passports so that you can get home again.

If you do this trip, will there be anything left for next year?


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Willow13 wrote:

If Chicago is a must do on your list, you might want to consider staying here: Paul Wolff Campground and taking the train into Chicago.

completely agree. there is a metra station about 10-min from the CG.


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