If you want to go beyond concerts at Rockefeller Center, watching sporting events at Madison Square Garden, and exploring Central Park, then it may be time to head south. You will find terrific places to explore in the mountains before you reach Cody, West Virginia. Once you get to Hagerstown, consider heading southeast a short distance to explore Shenandoah National Park. There are also fantastic state parks where you can go hiking and fishing, and this NYC to Davis road trip even offers opportunities for you to hike along part of the Appalachian Trail if you desire. Learn more about Thomas Edison, James A. Michener, and other notable people. Additionally, you can visit your favorite Sesame Street characters.
Shenandoah National Park
Covering more than 200,000 square miles, Shenandoah National Park offers numerous attractions and activities. Skyline Drive runs through the middle of the park, making it easy to move between sites. The view from the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you drive along Skyline Drive is stunning. Go for a rock scramble at Bearfence Rock Scramble and take a hike to see the waterfalls by following the Little Devil Stairs Trail. Plan on spending a day doing the 8.8-mile rock scramble and hike to the top of Old Rag. Meet raptors at the raptors program and take a horseback ride. Position yourself so that you can watch the fog roll into the valley at sunrise. This is also a great place to go stargazing at night.
Liberty State Park
Enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island from Liberty State Park. At the north end of the park near Jersey City, New Jersey, is a beautiful nature center where you can learn about Hudson River wildlife. There are two fun playgrounds where kids can work off their energy. Then, follow the two-mile Liberty Walk to the park's south end, where everyone will enjoy visiting the Liberty Science Center. This center has the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. You will also want to explore the exhibits focusing on skyscrapers, communication, and animals when you visit this park on your NYC to Davis RV road trip.
Hickory Run State Park
Hickory Run State Park near Hazelton, Pennsylvania, offers over 40 miles of hiking trails. The Boulder Field at this state park is a National Natural Landmark, and it contains rocks that are over 26 feet long. Take time to explore the mud swamp. There are two lakes, including Sand Spring Lake, which is a great place to swim. Sit for a spell beside the three waterfalls in this park and soak in their beauty during your road trip from NYC to Davis.
Nockamixon State Park
Nockamixon State Park near Quakertown, Pennsylvania, is home to the 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon. Take a pontoon boat tour of the lake and learn why it is a favorite stop for migratory birds. Wind conditions are often perfect to go on a sailing adventure here. Anglers catch various fish, including striped bass, walleye, pickerel, carp, largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskellunge, and catfish. This spot is good for both shore and boat fishing.
French Creek State Park
Near Elverson, Pennsylvania, French Creek State Park contains the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington, D.C., and New York City. The forest makes a fascinating place to go hiking. The Boone Trail is a beautiful place to hike in the spring when many types of wildflowers are in bloom. The 141-mile-long Horse-Shoe Trail runs through this park.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Pine Grove Furnace State Park is located near Gardners, Pennsylvania. The beaches at Laurel and Fuller Lake are almost always nearly perfect for building sandcastles. Laurel Lake is a fantastic place to go trout fishing. This park is the halfway point for the Appalachian Trail, and you can hike along the trail when you put this stop on your road trip itinerary from NYC to Davis. Even if you choose not to hike part of it, visit the Appalachian Trail Museum to learn more about this unique trail. Learn more about historical communities in the iron belt by going on the Historical Walking Tour.
Bring your children to the place where Big Bird and his friends live by stopping at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. This theme park is the first in the world to be a certified autism center. The park is divided into two large areas, with the water park only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Watch the Neighborhood Street Party Parade, and there are numerous shows to attend. For an additional fee, guests can dine with Elmo.
Foothill Castle and Mercer Museum
The Foothill Castle was home to Henry Chapman Mercer. The home in Doylestown is one of the finest examples of poured-in-place construction. It contains 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces, 10 bathrooms, and one powder room. See a vast collection of pre-industrial hand tools at the Mercer Museum.
James A. Michener Art Museum
Initially founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is in a 19th Century prison. It contains art created by Bucks County, Pennsylvania, residents. The museum's Pennsylvania Impressionism is especially impressive. Special events often occur in the former prison's courtyard, which is surrounded by a sculpture garden.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
View over 700 native plant species at Bowman's Hill Wildlife Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania. There are over 4.5 miles of hiking trails allowing you to explore this natural setting. This is a great place to capture wildflower photos. There are also a variety of educational events held at the preserve throughout the year.
Newark, New Jersey
You will want to spend time exploring Thomas Edison National Historical Park when you stop in Newark. Other great things to do include riding the Staten Island Ferry and touring the Newark Museum of Art. Find Newark campgrounds at Liberty Harbor RV Park, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the water, and The Great Divide Campground, where you can fish, kayak, and hike. Newark RV dump stations are available at Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park and Mahlon Dickerson Reservation.
Edison, New Jersey
See the small lab where Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and developed a commercially viable incandescent light bulb filament by heading to Menlo Park during your stay in Edison. There are many outstanding Edison campgrounds, including Pine Cone Resort with its spacious wooded campsites and Tip Tam RV Camping Resort with its racing track and outdoor pool. Edison RV dump stations are available at Wawa, Conoco, and Woodbridge Recycling Center.
Take in a ballgame at Coca-Cola Park or a show at the PPL Center. You will also want to see the flowers blooming at the Allentown Rose Gardens and learn about how fish are raised at the Allentown Fish Hatchery. There are many outstanding Allentown campgrounds, including Allentown KOA Journey, where you can play in the pool and go on hayrides. You will also want to consider Moyers Lake and Campground, where you can fish for trout in their private lake and shop at the camp store. Dump stations are available at Allentown Service Plaza and Wawa.
In addition to being home to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, this city offers many museums to explore, including the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Discovery Station at Hagerstown, and Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. There are also great Hagerstown campgrounds, like Hagerstown/ Antietam Battlefield KOA Holiday, where you can go floating on the Conococheague Creek and swim in the pool. Another outstanding choice is Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in nearby Williamsport, where you can play in Yogi Bear's Water Zone, compete on a ninja course, or go gem mining. Hagerstown RV dump stations are available at Quarles Fleet Fueling, Conoco, and Love’s Travel Stop.
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