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Old 07-09-2019, 03:18 PM   #1
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Summer 2020 trip planning - Indiana to Acadia NP, NYC

We've been blessed to have two great long trips these last two summers (Yellowstone in '18 and Custer this year), in part thanks to great input/advice from this forum.

Looking ahead to summer 2020 and a potential trip to Acadia NP.

Background: Family of 4 pulling a 30 ft TT with an F250 PSD. Kids would be 10 and 13, so old enough to handle 8 hr travel days w/o too much complaining. We like to get to our destination without a lot of fuss, so long days at the start and end of the trip are our "normal". Generally only stop where we can have 30/50 amp service (Dad needs his AC!), and would prefer water/sewer for the multi-night stays if possible.

At this point in our lives we're using the camper more as a mobile hotel than for what we'd call true "camping". We're both still working and have limited time off, plus some stuff the family really wants to see are many hundreds of miles away from home.

My tentative plan for this trip is outlined below. Looking for feedback on routes, realistic miles between stops, suggested campgrounds, etc.

Day 1 (will probably be a Friday after work) - leave Indianapolis after work, get to Cleveland, OH area. Potential campground Silver Springs CG.

Day 2 - to Niagara Falls - a short drive day of 225 miles (4 hrs) leaving all afternoon/evening to sight see. Input on campground needed.

Day 3 - to Lake Placid, NY - 334 miles (7 hrs). Input on campground needed.

Day 4 - sightseeing around Lake Placid

Day 5 - to Acadia NP - 394 miles (8 hrs). Input on campground needed

Day 6 - sightseeing in/around Acadia

Day 7 - to New York City - 490 miles (9 hrs). Looking at Liberty Harbor RV Park - just a parking lot, but OK since we're just there to see the city.

Day 8 - sightseeing NYC (Statue of Liberty, Empire State Bldg, maybe a Broadway show)

Day 9 - sightseeing NYC (China Town, other sites TBD)

Day 10 - to Pittsburgh - 339 miles (6 hrs). Looking at Madison/Pittsburgh SE KOA.

Day 11 - back home - 366 miles (6 hrs).


Knowing the aforementioned travel style and time limitations, looking forward to any input you may have on this plan. Other stops I had kind of wanted to include in the trip but so far have left out include Letchworth SP in northwest PA and Watkins Glen/Seneca Lake.

Thanks for your input/advice!!
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You can get lots of excellent information from this site on Niagara, NYC, Acadia and much more. She gives a good write-up on things to do and places to stay with lots of beautiful photos. Here is Niagara. Search her site for other places. Also.... on the top line is a Campground 'clicky' for places by state which may be helpful.

https://wheelingit.us/?s=niagara
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Hopefully you don’t mind if I follow this thread. I live in Cincinnati and next year is going to either be a trip to Acadia or Rocky Mountain National Park.

Inside Acadia there is one campground with electric however it’s on the opposite side of bar harbor. Depending on your air conditioner needs you could stay at Blackwoods inside the park and just run a generator during generator hours and be fine. We had a blast this year with no hookups at Shenandoah National Park.

If you stay in Stow Ohio you might consider a day at Cuyahoga National Park. Although you could easily make that a weekend trip at another time.
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Twogypsies - thanks for the link to that site - looks very helpful for sure!

Ohiomike - thanks for the info. We don't have a generator (at least not one suitable for camping). May look into it, but I don't think we'd get our $$ out of it.

Also, regarding Cuyahoga NP, I lived in Columbus OH for 5+ years and never even knew it existed. Found it when searching for routes for this trip, but agree it will probably be a better weekend excursion vs a stop on this high mileage trip.

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Pete I wouldn’t buy a generator for the trip then. Not worth it. I have one I’m motorhome so no added cost but it would take a long time to make economic sense. There is a KOA on the ocean that didn’t look far from the Acadia. If we decide to stay outside park we plan to stay there for activities.
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First thing I would mention is the travel times. Niagara Falls to Lake Placid 334 miles suggests you are probably taking rt 31, or 104. to Watertown and then 3 east to Saranac Lake Nice routes. but you are not going to maintain a 50 mph average. Better add on another hour or two. If you are having to choose time over sight-seeing you would be better off taking the NYS Thruway to I-81 north to Rt 3. Probably 20 miles longer but a lot less slow traffic and delays. BTW, top off your fuel in Watertown, Fuel prices go up 15-20 cents a gallon in the mountains.

Camping in Lake Placid, The one really good campground that was close to town was bulldozed some years ago for expensive condos. The only other close in choice is Cascade. It is largely a permanent mobile home park. They do have transient sites . It is surrounded on 3 sides by an airport, a landfill transfer station and a sewage treatment plant. I have stayed there, it is ok for a weekend but I wouldn't want to make a summer of it. There is a KOA about 10 miles out of town, I have driven by it but never been in it.
From Lake Placid to Bar Harbor. Again your travel time may need to bump up another hour or so. I am assuming you are taking the ferry across Lake Champlain and then US 2 east? You will be passing Burlington Vermont and it is worthy of at least a 2 hour visit downtown. some years ago they closed several blocks of downtown turning it into a pedestrian mall. Lots of unique shops and great food choices. The band Phish is from Burlington so you know the town has to be cool If you can get an extra day, stay and see more of Burlington and also visit the Shelburne Museum, you will likely drive past it from the ferry

Heading east from Burlington you will pass through Waterbury VT, home of Ben and Jerry's Ice cream, you gotta stop there! You will also pass close to Mt Washington in NH, another worthy stop on your way to Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor campgrounds there are several good ones. I like the KOA Oceanside on the north end of the island. We will be there for 5 days beginning August 1. Just up the road a mile or so is Narrows and Narrows too. Those are nice campgrounds also.

Heading to NYC I would suggest 95 to 495 to 290 to 90 to 84 to 684 to 87. Go west over the Tappan zee( Cuomo now) bridge to Garden State Parkway south. Your travel trailer is legal on the Garden state as long as total rig length is under 62' You also want to be under 13'5" height (lowest bridge) Again this is longer but a much less stressful route.

The KOA Madison near Pittsburgh, we stayed there last October. It is kind of run down but there is few choices around Pittsburgh. We might stay there again in August. There is a fairly new one north of Pittsburgh called Mountain Top that has less amenities but looks a lot nicer and is 10 miles closer to the area of Pittsburgh we will be visiting. I'm going to read up on that and see it works for us
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Looks like a great trip!

My son went to school near Lake Placid and we always stayed at Charlie's Inn Junction Campground. More towards Saranac Lake but a very nice spot where you can walk to a beautiful lake or take a self propelled rail car into town. Any easy drive into Placid from there. Make sure you take the bobsled ride in Placid.

Like a previous poster said, be VERY careful with your drive into Liberty campground. The GPS may take you through Manhattan and you don't want to be managing city streets with your rig.

Safe travels!
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Looks like a great trip!

My son went to school near Lake Placid and we always stayed at Charlie's Inn Junction Campground........
That is a great campground! Stayed there a number of times when I was hanging out with the (Honda) Goldwing crowd.
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Letchworth SP is in NY, not PA. Beautiful spot. Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the East.
Very family orientated KOA 5 miles out of Watkins Glen.
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