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Toronto To Orlando – Planning Our Great North American Fly Drive Trip

Toronto Cityview

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
Choosing your car for a road trip

Make sure you choose the right car for a road trip

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
Niagara Falls

Crossing the border at Niagara Falls, although not actually on a boat!

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.

Going South
Savannah Georgia

Going south, the picturesque Savannah, Georgia

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.

Finally Florida
St Augustine

First stop in Florida, St Augustine

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.

Watch Out For The Police

Watch out for the Police on the drive

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.

Universal Road Trip

Our final stop, Orlando, Florida

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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  • Brooke
    March 24, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I LOVE Road trips! I have not yet been to the Fingerlakes and I’m American-but that’s because I’m from West Coast and we have SO much to see on our own side of the country we tend to leave the country if we want to take a long trip. But I have really wanted to do an exploration of these areas for some years-and will be headed to an event in the Fingerlakes this August for work-so yippee! But also St Augustine looks so adorable! I have a contact who lives ther but for me Florida has never been on my ‘must visit list’. I probably should re-think how ‘interesting’ these places in my own country are. good post!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 24, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      We must try and get to the west coast of the USA a bit more. Florida can sometimes be overlooked as people just think it’s old people and snowbirds.

  • Fiona Maclean
    March 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    It sounds like you have it well sussed! I don’t do this sort of thing – I’m not sure solo road trips are that easy – but I can quite see what fun it would be as part of a couple. I’ll look forward to living vicariously and following you along on your travels

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Agree, a road trip is something that is often better with a partner, although it would probably be a nightmare with kids as well. Every time we do a road trip in the US we do think of the Chevy Chase and the Griswolds.

  • Elaine Masters
    March 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful route. I’ve gone Southern California to Minnesota and back many times but not your itinerary. Looking forward to watching your adventures.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 26, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Still lots of planning but really looking forward to it.

  • Linda
    March 26, 2018 at 12:50 am

    This sounds like a great trip. When we have road tripped from Canada to the U.S., we have moved into the U.S. and then rented there. There are lots of great stops along your route to Florida. Try to get off the Interstate highways. It will be slower but you will see more. Washington, Savannah and Charleston would all be great stops.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 26, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Thanks, yes we will rent from the USA and try to get off the Interstates which can be quite boring.

  • sherianne
    March 26, 2018 at 1:46 am

    So many places to see! I love Tennessee. And the Blue Ridge Parkway, waterfalls and Atlanta would be beautiful before Savannah. I want to come along!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 26, 2018 at 11:13 am

      We’ve done a bit of Tennessee and have also been to Atlanta but definitely wouldn’t mind doing them again.

  • Linda
    March 26, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Just reading the plans for your Toronto to Orlando road trip makes me jealous! We too love a good road trip. You have a good balance between planned and unplanned route/overnight stays. I’m curious about what you’ll discover over the 900-miles between Corning and Savannah.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 28, 2018 at 8:58 am

      When I look at Hollywood films, road trips seem always end in disaster. We’ll see how we get on.

  • Ash
    March 27, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Sounds like a great road trip which I will always prefer over a flight. You get to see loads of sights, meet and interact with locals, sample local foods, learn about the culture, etc. These would not be possible by simply flying from point A to B. Done a Boston-NJ-NY-DC along I-95 then back to Boston road trip ages ago but it’s nothing compared to your route. I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

  • Nisha
    March 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Road trips are always nice, especially if the route is scenic and the company is awesome. 🙂 Some of the days, as you mentioned, would be long but then you can always stay for a few days before hitting the road again.
    I love road trips and we take them as often as possible.

    I am curious to know your experience about crossing the border in the same vehicle if you do so.

  • Meg Jerrard
    March 28, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Toronto to Orlando will be such a cool road trip! We’ve done Florida to Washington DC, but didn’t make it further north than that – I would love to take in Niagara falls at some stage. Glad to see you’re taking in Savannah – I absolutely LOVED it there – if you have a gap, I would recommend doing Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville and Charlotte are great stops, and the route down is so scenic. Hope you have a great trip!