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Old 03-02-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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Niagra Falls to Boston

We will be stopping at Niagra Falls for a few days. Allstays indicates that there are many height issues in the roads around there. We have a class A coach that is 12' 5" high, 37 ' long and we pull a 4 dr Wrangler. I found a way to the state park but have to go well east of the park and approach it from the east.

Thereafter we will be heading toward Boston. It looks like my choices are the I-90 and the state 20. Is the state 20 a good choice (considering road conditions) or is the Interstate the best alternative.

Are there any good choices for an overnight stay?
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We came from Cleveland to the Niagara Falls KOA and did not have any height problems with our 13'+ Class A.

I-90 is a 7-hour shot to Boston. Just taking Rt. 20 to Albany adds 2.5 hours to your trip. I've only done the I-90 route.
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What State Park are you trying to get to? This will go a long way for use locals to help route you.
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Heading east you can also take either Rt 31 or Rt 104 to Rt 390/490 around Rochester to pick up 90 and save a chunk of tolls. As a bonus stop in Lockport and check out the canal locks. ;-)
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What State Park are you trying to get to? This will go a long way for use locals to help route you.

It is called Four Mile Creek. Figured it would serve as a base for 4 or 5 days of exploring the area. We will be heading in from the factory in Indiana. Thought that we would drive along the southern side of Lake Eire. Once we get near the town of Niagra Falls, I have to jog East a bit, to avoid some low clearance bridges/overpasses/tresses according to an app that I am using.

Thanks in advance for the tips. If you have any suggested places to see (on either side of the border) I would appreciate those as well.
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Heading east you can also take either Rt 31 or Rt 104 to Rt 390/490 around Rochester to pick up 90 and save a chunk of tolls. As a bonus stop in Lockport and check out the canal locks. ;-)

Thanks. The Lockport locks sound cool.
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Niagra Falls to Boston

We are going to visit DW's relatives outside of Boston. Actually nearer to Wakefield. Does anyone have any experience at Minuteman Campground in MA just outside of Boston? It looks nice on paper.

Maybe I should have posted the question on the Camping sub-forum.
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To access the park directly from the south without having to go way East Take I-190 North from I-90, Take Exit 25A, turn left on State Route 265 at the stop sign. Follow to the "T" intersection with Sate Route 104 and turn right. Take first exit off 104 about 1/2 way down the hill onto State Route 18. Follow route 18 up to the park, use Park Rd to enter the park. We have a 40' MH and have taken this route for years. One work of caution Do Not Get On the Robert Mosses Parkway. This is the route that might have the low clearances as Parkways in NY prohibit ALL truck traffic.
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We are going to visit DW's relatives outside of Boston. Actually nearer to Wakefield. Does anyone have any experience at Minuteman Campground in MA just outside of Boston? It looks nice on paper.

Maybe I should have posted the question on the Camping sub-forum.
Never been there but there are a lot of recommendations for it if you do a search.

FWIW Looking at the map you should be able to do I-90 to either 190 or 290 to 190 (second is a bit longer, first is skirting downtown) up to either Rt18 or the Robert Moses parkway to 4 mile creek. Check out the power project. It is probably free and interesting.

If you do 104 E from 4 Mile creek use SR 260 to bypass Brockport. Pick up Rt 31 to 531 superslab to 490 and stay on 490 through downtown Rochester. Pick up the Thruway in Victor or get off and take Rt 96 as far as Rt 14 then pick up I-90.
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Lots of options and things to see in upstate and western NY and then on to Boston. We did a circle route going west on the lower end of the Finger Lakes and returning east on the upper end of the Finger Lakes. We were tent camping at the time, but comments should apply.

We stayed at 4 Mile Creek CG and it is a very roomy and open state park. Very good base for exploring Niagara Falls. Walk over to the Canadian side for a different perspective. Take the walk under the falls. Ride the boat to the falls. Buffalo has U.S.S. Sullivans and U.S.S. Little Rock.

Hwy 20 should do well if you go east via the upper Finger Lake route. Lockport has interesting museum on Erie Canal. Canondgan State Historic Site is interesting on Indians. Rochester has Eastman Kodak. Fort Stanwix. Auburn has William Seward house, preserved just as when he was there. Couch where he died is in same place.

If you take the southern route east along the Finger Lakes then here are some sights to consider. Lechworth State Park (waterfalls) probably too small for motorhome to stay in park. Glenn Curtis museum in Hammondsport. Watkins Glen - hike the canyon (glen with all the waterfalls). Corning glass factory. Cooperstown. James Fenimore Cooper country.

Then you have choice making a beeline to Boston on I-90 or meandering.
Happy traveling. Enjoy.
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I travel throughout NYS for my antique shop tourism business and motorhome. I-90 is great for getting from A to B without a view while if you have time and it's the only way I would go is US Rt. 20. Small towns, no low bridges, great sites, antiuing, wineries, mom and pop home cooking, and historic towns are plentiful. Average speed if averaged would probably average 45mph including going through the towns. This way you can enjoy the state and save some bucks , the Thruway is not cheap, especially if you have a tag axle. Many campgrounds along the way. In the Finger Lakes I like Sampson State Park on Seneca lake. Large sites and reasonable too. Also along the way is Turning Stone Casino and campground (off Rt.5, which runs parallel). Good luck, hope you enjoy your time in NY!
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I get why you like Rt 20. OTOH there are other parallel roads for most of the trip across that are as good or better. If coming from the Falls then either 104 or 31 will give you as good or better ride to some point east of Syracuse. You will dodge some more city but it is quite manageable. The Thruway corridor itself has a parallel local truck route for most of it's length that will accommodate motor homes or be clearly marked.
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