Our amazing trip to the northeast began with a red-eye flight from LAX to Newark. We landed in Newark around 6:00 a.m. on December 1st, picked up our rental car, and excitedly drove south with the goal of crossing the Pennsylvania/Delaware state line and crossing another state off of our checklist.
We enjoyed driving through a more spread out, quiet part of New Jersey than we were expecting. And we realized that our little toll roads in Orange County are nothing compared to the nonstop tolls we were paying on the Jersey Turnpike!
After officially setting foot in Delaware, we turned around and drove a few minutes back into Pennsylvania for a morning in Philadelphia. By the way, at this point, we had slept maybe 3 hours on the plane in the last 24 hours.
We took some time to stop by and see the Liberty Bell before going on a great tour of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. And because, well, we were in Philly, we had to try a legit Philly Cheesesteak before getting back on the road, even though it was 10:30 in the morning!
We were thrilled to be ahead of our itinerary’s schedule at this point, and knew the lack of sleep was going to catch up with us, so we got back on the road and headed north, through New Jersey and into New York state. At this point, we were taking turns driving and resting!
Our time on the road took us through some pretty and very low-traffic woodsy, hilly areas. A part of New York that we were excited to see before heading into the big city for a while! After passing through Albany, which was much prettier than I expected, we had dinner at our favorite, go-to road trip spot, Cracker Barrel, before continuing to our destination for the night.Another state crossed off the list on the evening of day one, Vermont! We visited Bennington briefly, known for it’s covered bridges like this one. It would have been cool to have time to see more.
After our Vermont detour, we drove south into the Berkshires in Massachussetts, eventually landing at our destination for night 1, the Black Swan Inn. More on that under day 2!
****Kelli’s Travel Tips for this day’s itinerary***
- Bring tons of quarters with you when traveling this part of the country. We brought a ziploc FULL of change with us and it came in incredibly handy when dealing with all the tolls/bridges, etc.
- Visiting downtown Philadephia was a breeze on a weekday morning. Park near the Liberty Bell in the underground garage below the Independence Visitor’s center (we entered on 4th street between Arch and Market). You could spend MUCH more time in this area than we were able to. But in a pinch, you could see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, including a short tour, in an hour.
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