Toronto, Canada to Orlando, Florida, could this be our longest road trip yet? Despite the title, we are not just visiting places ending in ‘o’.
We will be flying into Toronto and flying out of Orlando, about 1,300 miles apart. As well as Toronto and Orlando we have to visit meet friends in Niagara and Corning, Finger Lakes in the north and Savannah and St Augustine in the south. However, between these places, it’s totally up to us where we go.
As you can see from our previous posts, we love a good road trip. Whether it’s around the UK and Ireland, across the channel to Europe or further afield such as the ‘Blues Highway’ or the deserts of Arizona. With all these trips, selecting the right hire car (rental car for you Americans) is essential.
Choosing The Car
One way rentals within the USA are quite straightforward but we will be starting in Canada and ending in the US. It does look easier (and cheaper) to rent a car in Canada and return it before crossing into the USA and then picking up a new car in the US. Although, we have seen companies that do allow one-way rentals between Toronto and Buffalo.
We’re still doing a bit more research on this so we’ll have to see how it pans out.
Which type of car to choose? We fantasise about driving a 1970’s Dodge Challenger just like Kowalski in Vanishing Point but I think it’s more likely to be a Korean SUV. Also, Kowalski does end his trip by crashing into a bulldozer which we would rather avoid.
Crossing The Border
After Toronto and Niagara, we have to cross the Canadian / US border and drive down to the Finger Lakes region in New York state. This is an area we have never visited, although it is a popular area for American tourists it’s not really on the radar for most international visitors.
We will be staying in Corning in Southern Finger Lakes. They have quite a few craft breweries, vineyards and the world’s largest museum of glass art. We must make sure we don’t visit the museum after the breweries, we definitely don’t want to be stumbling around in a glass museum.
This is where we have a big gap in our plan, the 900-miles between Corning and Savannah, Georgia. We have a couple of ideas about the route, the first being along the east coast via Washington and down through the Carolinas. Secondly, inland through Virginia then Charlotte and a quick stop at Charleston before getting to Savannah, Georgia.
The non-stop drive would take at least 13 hours but luckily we do have a few days to spare before we have to be in Savannah, so we do have time to stay over and actually see a few things.
After all that driving it’s time for St Augustine, our first stop in Florida, where we hope to spend a couple of days. This Spanish colonial city is meant to be the oldest city in the US and although we’ve been to Florida a number of times, this would be our first visit to St Augustine.
It’s now only two hours to Orlando, our last stop. Hopefully, we would have completed the road trip without being pulled over by the Police, well fingers crossed.
We will spend our last week just relaxing in the sun and hope to take a sneaky trip to a theme park or two, one of our guilty pleasures. If we time it correctly we should be there for the start of the ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ at Universal Studios, something we did a few years ago and would love to do again.
So that’s the plan, at the moment we just have the flights and accommodation in Corning and St Augustine confirmed, the rest is still open to changes, we’ll let you know how we get on.
In the meantime, you can see excerpts from our trips on our YouTube Channel where we proudly avoid the words ‘Hi Guys!’ and ‘Awesome!’
Read more about our previous road trips – Our Top 5 Favourite Road Trips.
Where do you recommend visiting (or avoiding) on this trip or would you rather take a flight?
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