A road trip from Toronto, OH, to New York, NY is the perfect break. This trip will take you almost straight across Pennsylvania before you end up in the city that never sleeps, and along the way you can enjoy gorgeous hikes, fun side trips, and plenty of historical locations. Camp in an RV to take advantage of all these sights with simple detours from the standard route and turn a simple road trip into an adventure.
There are several designated national areas on your Toronto to New York City road trip, including historical parks and recreation areas, that you won't want to miss. Check out the RVshare national parks guide for more information about areas you may want to explore on future trips while you take your time driving across states.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Learn all about the Battle of Gettysburg when you stop by Gettysburg National Military Park and tour the museum. You can start your visit at the visitors center and get a tour of the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. Consider hiring one of the park’s guides to give you a personal tour of the land where the battle occurred to get a more personal visit with national history. You can also visit the David Wills Home, and see where President Lincoln was when he was finishing the Gettysburg Address.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park near King of Prussia, Philadelphia, covers more than 3,500 acres. Self-lead driving, bike, or trolley tours of the encampment areas are available, or you can hop on a volunteer- or park ranger-led tour. Learn how George Washington's troops survived the winter in the valley and tour the home where the President stayed during the winter of 1777 and 1778, or take a hike to enjoy the spectacular views accompanied by fun mileage challenges sponsored by the park. You can even go horseback riding on over 17 miles of trails.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses more than 70,000 acres along 40 miles of the Delaware River. This area, partially in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, offers more than 100 miles of hiking trails. The river makes an ideal spot to go canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing. The streams, lakes, and rivers are great spots to go fishing. The area is also considered historically significant because much of the French and Indian War took place there.
Point State Park
Point State Park is located within Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers meet. This park commemorates the importance of the forts of Ohio for their role during the French and Indian War. Tour the Flag Bastion and the Monongahela Bastion which were reconstructed from brick. In the Fort Pitt Museum, located inside the Monongahela Bastion, you'll learn about the role Pennsylvania played in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. You can also learn how Pittsburgh came to be at this urban state park.
Tuscarora State Park
Considered one of the prettiest Pennsylvania state parks, Tuscarora State Park is located near Barnesville, Pennsylvania, and is sure to be a fun stop. Go swimming, boating, and fishing in the lake at the bottom of Locust Mountain, or partake in the environmental education programs offered by park rangers. Take in the natural beauty and learn about native plants as you walk along the hiking trails through old-growth hemlock and rhododendron stands. About 1,100 acres at this park are open for seasonal hunting.
Gifford Pinchot State Park
This detour will add less than an hour of driving time to your trip, and give you the chance to stretch your legs across the 345-acre park. Feeling adventurous? Hike the Mason-Dixon Trail, which is part of the 200-mile-long National Recreation Trail, or enjoy their shorter paths for a quick stop. If you're traveling in the winter months, you can even go iceboating or try your hand at ice fishing in Pinchot Lake.
Shawnee State Park
Right off your route is Bedford, Pennsylvania, home of 451-acre Shawnee State Park. Go for a boat ride on Shawnee Lake with their ADA-compliant facility, or even swim in it! When you're tired of the water, you can hike their Field Trail or take it easy on one of their nature paths. A prime spot for birders, you can even plan your trip to see specific species during their summer or fall migrations. This park also supports several dedicated hunting areas.
Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site list that is open for tours. The site is a prime example of Wright's dedication to architecture that works with nature, not against it. Located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, this unique site is a landmark for the possibilities of architecture in natural spaces. Enjoy various activities that challenge children to use their imaginations and all five senses to design a unique home for fantasy creatures, while adults enjoy in-depth lectures on architecture, history, and conservationism.
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Visit the home of Edgar Allan Poe where he lived for six years while caring for his sick wife and writing. While he lived in many different houses during his time in Philadelphia, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site preserves the only remaining one. Poe remains one of America's favorite writers, so take advantage of a tour of Poe's humble home and learn about the man who defined entire genres of American literature.
Take a delicious detour when you stop at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1906 as an amusement park for the people who worked for the Hershey Chocolate Company, the park was eventually opened for the enjoyment of the general public. Hersheypark contains rollercoasters, a zoo, and many options for delicious dining. The park is great for all ages and includes children's rides, bumper cars, and larger, thrilling rollercoasters. The park even uses a unique, Hershey chocolate-themed name system for their height range requirements for each ride. You can also visit Hershey's Chocolate World, a separate visitor's center, that offers a chocolate factory-themed riding-tour and gives visitors a piece of chocolate at the end of the ride.
Are you an avid bird watcher, or do you enjoy learning about efforts to conserve prime wildlife areas for future generations? Stop at the Plainsboro Preserve, located in the county of Middlesex, Pennsylvania. The preserve is part of New Jersey Audubon, an environmental education and conservation advocacy organization. Over 150 species of birds call this preserve home at some point during the year, and you can take guided tours to learn about every rare bird, plant, or animal that treks across the preserve. Their trails are also open daily for self-guided hikes or strolls.
Many factories offering public tours in York make this a great way to learn about industry. You can even watch a Harley Davidson motorcycle being made right in front of you when you take advantage of their low-cost tours, or learn about how potato chips are made and bagged at another factory. Whatever you're interested in, York can provide. Prolong your stay at Ben Franklin RV Park and PA Dutch Country Campground or other campgrounds in York. Indian Rocks Campground and Gretna Oaks Camping offer York-area RV dump stations.
Take a pitstop in Pennsylvania's capital to explore the Susquehanna River. There are several campgrounds where you can park and relax while you're road tripping across the entire state, including Deer Run Camping Resort and Western Village RV Park. For added convenience, you can also find Harrisburg RV dump stations at Oak Creek Campground and Dutch Cousin Campground. There are plenty of attractions to enjoy in the city, such as the Susquehanna Art Museum or the National Civil War Museum, where you can learn more about the battles that took place in Pennsylvania.
Newark, New Jersey
Only 11 miles from the end of your road trip from Toronto to New York City, Newark, New Jersey, is a city you’ll love visiting. There are many great places to attend events, including the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. There are many terrific campgrounds in Newark, including Indian Rock RV Park & Campground and Mahlon Dickerson Campgrounds. RV dump stations are available at Sun Air Lakeside Camp, Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park and other New Jersey locations.
When you check out our recommended road trip stops on the way from Toronto to New York City, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery that will make it a trip to remember. 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 Toronto or New York City.