A Cleveland to Boston road trip is filled with historical attractions that you will want to visit, including Lowell and Saratoga national historical parks. It is also a splendid opportunity to see immense scenic beauty that you can explore at state parks. You can have a lot of fun at Six Flags Darien Lake, and if you have young ones along, you must stop at the Strong Museum. You will pass through great cities, including Erie, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, New York; and Springfield, Massachusetts, on this road trip itinerary from Cleveland to Boston.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Regardless of your idea of outdoor fun, you can probably find a place to do it at Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Brecksville, Ohio. Except during November and December, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Train offers a great way to see this park. Many anglers love to fish for steelhead and bullhead trout in the Cuyahoga. Other fishermen head to this location to fish for bluegill, bass, and crappie in the six ponds and two lakes. The Cuyahoga River is a fantastic place for kayaking, and you will find five access points spread across this 50.89-square-mile park. Over 125 miles are available for hiking. Like those off Oak Hill Road near Peninsula, Ohio, some are short and nearly flat while others like the ones near Boston, Ohio, will give anyone a great workout. The Towbridge Trail is an awesome place for a family bike ride while the East Rim Trail is perfect for mountain bikers.
Saratoga National Historical Park
The British army suffered its first defeat during the American War of Independence on the land now preserved as Saratoga National Historical Park near Saratoga, New York. A great way to explore this park is on the 10-mile audio driving tour, but you will want to make several pit stops along the way to get a better view of things. Stop to see General Phillip Schuyler’s home constructed in 1777 when he served as the third in command under George Washington. Then, visit the small John Nielson home while enjoying the panoramic views of the area. You will be rewarded with stunning vistas if you climb the stairs to the top of the Saratoga Monument. This monument is located on the battlefield where the last days of the battle took place. Do not leave without stopping at Victory Woods and reading the interpretative signage along the 0.5-mile path. Note that many locations at this park are closed in the winter.
Lowell National Historical Park
The introduction of textile mills industrialized America, and you can learn more about these events by visiting the locations in and around Lowell, Massachusetts, that make up Lowell National Historical Park. A great way to explore this park is on a guided tour. Many of these tours will help you explore the mill's history. You can also join rangers for a boat ride on the Pawtucket Canal. Look at this park’s calendar as they often host special events along the waterway.
Quail Hollow State Park
You will want to stop at Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville, Ohio, to explore the 40-room H.E. Stewart home that serves as this park’s headquarters and where special events are often held. See many native animals at the Carriage House Nature Center. Explore the miles of trails running through coniferous and deciduous forests and around wetlands and vernal pools on foot or bike.
Mosquito Lake State Park
If you love to play on the water, then include a stop at Mosquito Lake State Park near Cortland, Ohio, on your Cleveland to Boston RV road trip. Five launch ramps provide easy access to the 7,850-acre lake. The lake is a terrific place to go fishing for walleye, northern pike, and bass. You can also go swimming. Dogs highly approve of a trip to this park because they even get a dedicated area to play, complete with a doggie beach. Away from the water, you can go hiking or play a game of disc golf. Many come to this park in the winter to ride snowmobiles, go cross-country skiing, and more.
Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States, and you can find a lot to do at this location, in addition to seeing American Falls. Consider going on the Cave of the Winds tour to get an even closer view as the wind blows the water from the falls onto this viewing platform. Stop at the pavilion to learn more about the American and Horseshoe Falls or take a scenic boat ride. Ride the elevator to the top of the observation tower for panoramic views. Explore local nature at the Discovery Center. Then, head to the Adventure Theater to watch a show. The aquarium makes for a great place to learn more about this unique environment.
Boston Harbor Islands State Park
Grab the ferry to go explore the 34 islands and peninsulas making up Boston Harbor Islands State Park. You can fish, swim, and hike at this location that is also part of a national recreation area. Tour Fort Warren, which served as a prison and training facility from the Civil War through World War II, and the coastal Fort Andrews. See the Boston Light constructed in 1716 that still warns ships today of harbor dangers, although it has been rebuilt three times. You will want to visit many other sites, and you can rent entire islands for your next get-together. The ferry makes it easy to go island-hopping. Alternatively, you can rent a boat and visit the islands on your own as moorings are available at the major ones.
Six Flags Darien Lake
Six Flags Darien Lake near Corfu, New York, offers at least 45 thrilling rides, and each member of your family is sure to find their favorite. You can also have a great time seasonally on the water rides. Family entertainment and culinary creations make this a great place to spend a day. Seasonal events often occur here, so you may want to check out and see what special performances are occurring.
The Strong National Museum of Play
While not all of the collection at the Strong National Museum of Play is on display at one time, this museum in Rochester, New York, owns a collection of more than 75,000 toys; 16,000 dolls; and 15,000 games. Complete collections of Tinker Toys, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Berenstain Bear books, and more are housed here. There are plenty of opportunities to engage with your children in playing with favorite games. Many adults enjoy visiting this location as it is a stroll down memory lane while children will adore all they can do at this museum.
Catamount Aerial Adventure Park
Catamount Aerial Adventure Park near Egremont, Massachusetts, is a great place to stop to get a bird’s-eye view of the world. They have 12 aerial trails to follow through the trees containing more than 180 obstacles. Staff is on hand to answer questions, and safety equipment is mandatory. Each of the courses is color-coded by difficulty level, so everyone ages 7 and older can find one that fits them perfectly. Participants will have to use their brains to overcome some of the obstacles presented on the various courses.
The House of Seven Gables
Before finishing your Cleveland to Boston road trip, go a little north to Salem, Massachusetts, to see the House of Seven Gables. Workers constructed this home in 1668 for Captain John Turner I. Tour the home and the spacious gardens surrounding it.
Enjoy beachside camping at Sarah’s Campground, or let your kids have fun with the animals at the Erie KOA Holiday. Either campground in Erie or many others make a great spot to stop on your road trip from Cleveland to Boston. You can find Erie RV dump stations at Lake Marina Campground, Travel Centers of America, and other Pennsylvania locations.
Buffalo, New York
This city near Niagara Falls offers many campgrounds near the attraction, like Niagara Falls/Grand Island KOA and Branches of Niagara Campgrounds and Resort. You can also find Buffalo campgrounds, like Cinderella Motel and Campsite, in secluded locations. Buffalo RV dump stations can be located at Cotton RV and Lockport Wastewater Treatment.
Enjoy live entertainment on the weekends at Sunsetview Farm Camping Area, or consider the wooded Oak Haven Family Campground setting when looking for Springfield campgrounds. You may also want to consider Worcester campgrounds. Springfield RV dump stations are available at Mineral Springs Campground, Brialee RV & Tent Park, and other Massachusetts locations.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Cleveland to Boston, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Cleveland or Boston.