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Old June 21st, 2007, 08:48 AM   #1
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Toronto, Ontario to New York City, NY (and back)

Greetings. I have recently returned from a trip to NYC, and as I promised in the thread about interstates, I have taken some random photos of the drive. I was only taking pictures when I wasn't doing the driving, so there are big gaps in the coverage of the photos in each direction. My camera batteries also died prematurely on the way to NYC. However, I was able to take pictures of different highways in each direction (to and from NYC), so the photos cover more or less the whole journey. I have also not taken photos of highways 401 and 427 because I was too lazy at the beginning of the trip

I tried to categorize the photos according to the different highways that they represent to the best of my ability, but I am not familiar with these areas (first time driving there), so errors are quite possible, especially for photos at the edges of the categories.

Lastly, please excuse my bad camera work Especially at the beginning (QEW), many of the photos are blurry because they were taken at dawn. Also, some birds took a crap on the windshield toward the end

The trip (around 800 km):



Part 1: Toronto -> NYC

Queen Elizabeth Way, Ontario:











































Highway 405, Ontario:











Canada-US Border (Ontario, Canada & NY, United States):









Interstate 190 S:













Interstate 290 E & (several pics of) Interstate 90 E:











Interstate 80 E:













Part 2: NYC -> Toronto

Interstate 95 S (Cross-Bronx Expressway & New Jersey Turnpike):





Interstate 80 W:



























Interstate 380 N:













Interstate 81 N:









































































Interstate 690 W & Interstate 90 W:















Well, that is it, I hope you enjoyed.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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Nice pictures, thanks. Some parts really look like european motorways, except for the yellow line on the left.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 02:57 PM   #3
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Very interesting pictures, indeed.

But why driving for 800 km instead of using a train or a plane?
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Old June 21st, 2007, 07:15 PM   #4
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Very interesting pictures, indeed.

But why driving for 800 km instead of using a train or a plane?
Well, I would say that he drove because A) flying is not any fun anymore and b) although there is frequent Amtrak rail passenger service across New York state (NYC<->Albany<->Syracuse<->Rochester<->Buffalo), and a route or two into Canada, for some-odd reason the USA border guards have made crossing into the USA from Canada by rail to be a total chore, it's far worse than what you hear regarding the TSA guys (the air security guards) at the airports.

And besides, there is a lot of WAAAAAY KEWL scenery along the highways and motorways in the northeastern USA. Yes, I have driven on ALL of the highways (except I-190 between Niagara Falls and the border crossing) that he used in the USA part of his roadtrip.



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Old June 21st, 2007, 08:55 PM   #5
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But why driving for 800 km instead of using a train or a plane?
I say, everything you can reach by car in 1 day, is normal.


Very interesting journey, thank you very much!

I don't understand what this sign is trying to tell us though:
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Old June 21st, 2007, 09:05 PM   #6
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I say, everything you can reach by car in 1 day, is normal.


Very interesting journey, thank you very much!

I don't understand what this sign is trying to tell us though:
It is describing what interchanges serve the Pocono mountains region of Pennsylvania. It is a major regional tourist/summer home area and includes a major NASCAR racetrack.

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^ So those are exit nos.?
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Old June 21st, 2007, 09:42 PM   #8
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Very interesting pictures, indeed.

But why driving for 800 km instead of using a train or a plane?
Hehe, all the reasons that the fellow forumers have mentioned are valid, but there are a few more important reasons. Flying is the most convenient option, but it is expensive. It costs around $300/person (and we had 3 people on the trip), so that would come out to around $900 overall. The road trip cost us less than $100 (I would like to point out that gas prices in the US, especially in PA, are much lower than in Canada ).

As for rail, I see that you live in Europe As was pointed out, Amtrak does have a Toronto->NYC route, but it actually takes longer than driving by several hours, because the train takes a less direct route than the highway, and moves slower than cars on the highway .
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^ So those are exit nos.?
Yes. That sign is on the westbound (from NYC) approach to the I-80/380 split (about 1.5 to 2 hours' driving time west of the Hudson River bridge from Manhattan) and shows the numbers of the interchanges on each route that serve the Pocono mountains region.

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Old June 21st, 2007, 11:28 PM   #10
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Very nice, thanks a lot for the pics! I almost did (in the bus) the same route 2 years ago, but I was stopped at the American border. Thanx for showing me the rest.
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 03:23 AM   #11
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Beautifull photo's! A very well documentel trip, no doubt!

As CborG already refered, many pictures remind me of european motorways.
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 04:27 AM   #12
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Thanks for the comments
A lot of the highways were indeed in a great condition, no complaints in general. Lots of construction was encountered along the way.
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 08:54 AM   #13
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Very nice photo-report! I noticed that in New York motorways look very different from what we have in California in terms of the road marking. I like the marking that allows changing lanes only in one direction





Also, in California I haven't seen any YIELD signs at the on-ramps, but in Europe - plenty.

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Old June 22nd, 2007, 12:00 PM   #14
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nice photos I find East Coast highways fascinating because of it's scenery and more. A sharp contrast compared to west coast ones.
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 07:34 PM   #15
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I've done this trip before on those Chinese bus tours. The routings were different each time, from the Syracuse route to skirting the southern edges of the Finger Lakes (stopping in Corning) and even via Albany. Quite a long 10+ hour trip on a bus.
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 09:57 PM   #16
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Nice report



You seriously don't call these destinations control cities or what?
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 11:29 PM   #17
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What's wrong with them?
America gets knocked for using cardinal directions and numbers....and now for cities and towns too?
I'm always honest when it comes to North America vs Europe arguments but what are we supposed to do over here?
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Well, the Delaware Water Gap is just some rivercrossing near Stroudsburg, but it is very small, why not signing Scranton or even some further away Pennsylvania destination? You might even wanna put Cleveland or Pittsburgh as a remote focal point on the signs.

I don't think the directions and numbers are bad, but when you are not known to the area, you are searching for major cities, not some village on a riverbank which is accidently the border between NJ and PA.
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The trip (around 800 km):
There's something wrong there.

I did the same trip last year and after entering Buffalo from Niagra Falls, I saw a road sign saying: "NYC 600 miles" and that alone is almost 1,000 km. Consider that the border from Toronto is at least 100 - 150 more kms and you got much more then 800.

Nice pics though
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 11:48 PM   #20
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Delaware Water Gap IS the NJ-PA border, is very well known in both states and is VERY visable as a destination. 80 doesn't go through Scranton and, in fact, doesn't really hit any major cities at all in Pennsylvania...and Ohio is really too far away.

And besides....you're not going to miss it:

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