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Old 09-13-2021, 10:08 AM   #1
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Nashville to Niagara Falls-- Any advise

I intend to travel Interstate highways with one or two day stays along the way. Thru Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland.

There are many Campgrounds along this route that are in scenic areas away from populated cities.

I traveled when working and don't have any interest to visit large cities.

It appears to me that using the Interstates with the Loops around major cities is the best route.

Any suggestions or routes appreciated.


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Old 09-13-2021, 10:35 AM   #2
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I usually use the loops around the cities as well. I65 to Louisville, then I71 to just south of Cleveland then I271 using the express lanes up to I90 all the way to Buffalo then I190 to Niagara Falls. In NY I90 is a cashless toll road now. If you have an EZ Pass you will be all set, without the EZ Pass you will be billed by mail for your tolls.

I have stayed at the Cardinal Center north of Columbus for overnights, it is a large shooting complex which has a pretty nice campground that is easy to get to from I71. It would be a bit over Halfway of your trip and might make a longer day than you are looking for.

We’re you also looking for stops and things to do along the way or are you just going to highball it to Niagara Falls?
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I can help you with Ohio,

71 in Cincinnati is closed, so in Kentucky take 275 east, GPS will try to put you on 471 N off 275 but I recommend you stay on 275 if you want to miss Cincinnati traffic, it rejoins 71 North past all of the congestion.

Columbus, just stay on 71 North, the bypass loop has more traffic congestion then 71 since they built out the "burbs" there. Your other option here would be to take 70 east to 77 north, but that will add an hour and then you have to deal with Akron and Canton traffic, so I would not recommend it.

Cleveland, By taking 71 north to 271 you completely avoid Cleveland traffic and save a bit of time as 271 angles you northeast to 90 east. From there you are clear to Buffalo NY and Niagara falls.

As for campgrounds, if you know about where you want to stop (general area) I can provide some suggestions, but Ohio has some great state parks along your route, especially once your north of Columbus and again in northeast Ohio that are not far off of 271.
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Old 09-13-2021, 11:14 AM   #4
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Trip to Niagara Falls

Thanks for your replies. They have verified what I thought about loops around the large cities.

I have just received my E-pass from Massachusetts. We intend to return home via Gettysburg, Williamsburg, Charleston, Savannah and along the gulf coast unless a hurricane stops us. Two transponders ( One for M H towing and one for Jeep ) There was no cost for these and no monthly fees.

I have made Campground reservations for three stops on the way to Niagara Falls. Traveling 2-300 miles per day, so no hurry-- just enjoy the scenery.


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Once you get south of the DC area use Rt 17 instead of I95. I95 is a zoo and Rt 17 is not so heavily traveled and is a good road.
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Ben...if you haven't been to Niagra Falls before...may I suggest taking a Canadian side campground. The Falls are much better on that side and all the activities are better too.
We like the KOA just up the road there as the bus to the falls and attractions stops right in front and its' a good park.
Anvil campground in Williamsburg is a good one.
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Cardinal Center between Columbus and Cleveland is a great campground. There is a gun club there with trap and sporting clays. Great area for a night or two. Outlet mall within a court of exits.
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I have just received my E-pass from Massachusetts. ... Two transponders ( One for M H towing and one for Jeep ) There was no cost for these and no monthly fees.

You should check. My understanding is that you don't want a transponder in your towed Jeep. You may get double charged. System automatically counts axles on connected vehicles. If it reads 2 transponders, it may charge both of them for the total amount.
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When around Niagara Falls check out Letchworth State Park. Enjoyed it as much as the falls. Found all the NY State Parks visited in the last month outstanding. Lake Erie State Park was also nice
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I intend to travel Interstate highways with one or two day stays along the way. Thru Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland.



There are many Campgrounds along this route that are in scenic areas away from populated cities.



I traveled when working and don't have any interest to visit large cities.



It appears to me that using the Interstates with the Loops around major cities is the best route.



Any suggestions or routes appreciated.





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Can't give you any campground suggestions since we go home to Ontario from Nashville to Louisville to Detroit/ Windsor with one overnight stay in Wapakoneta OH. What I can add is we've found using the inner loop ( I264) is a little quicker than the outer ( I265) at Louisville .
Depending on the time of day( traffic)when you hit Cincinnati we found it quicker going through the city than arround I275 . It's a long way to detour.

That said it doesn't appear you're in that much of a hurry so this may not matter . Enjoy the trip.
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Ben...if you haven't been to Niagra Falls before...may I suggest taking a Canadian side campground. The Falls are much better on that side and all the activities are better too.
We like the KOA just up the road there as the bus to the falls and attractions stops right in front and its' a good park.
Anvil campground in Williamsburg is a good one.
X2 on the Niagara KOA, have stayed there twice now and not only convenient to the Falls but also non-tourist area stores and restaurants.

Also recommend checking out Niagara on the Lake, nice day trip.
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Can't give you any campground suggestions since we go home to Ontario from Nashville to Louisville to Detroit/ Windsor with one overnight stay in Wapakoneta OH. What I can add is we've found using the inner loop ( I264) is a little quicker than the outer ( I265) at Louisville .
Depending on the time of day( traffic)when you hit Cincinnati we found it quicker going through the city than around I275 . It's a long way to detour.

That said it doesn't appear you're in that much of a hurry so this may not matter . Enjoy the trip.
Your route through Cincinnati is 75 north to Detroit, splits as soon as you cross the ohio river. OP is going to Cleveland 71 north (that is closed) has to use 275, otherwise I would agree 275 is the long way around, but it currently the only way, OP can use 471 North off 275 but it is highly congested with Semis due to 71 closure as that is there detour route..
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X2 on the Niagara KOA, have stayed there twice now and not only convenient to the Falls but also non-tourist area stores and restaurants.

Also recommend checking out Niagara on the Lake, nice day trip.
X2 what camper_Lucy says about the KOA and Niagara on the LakeÖ..we were just there 2 weeks ago. Donít miss the Floral Clock about halfway between Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake on the Niagara Parkway. Just look for the sign. Itís definitely a photo op.

Hereís the KOA link. Use the public transit bus while in town. It stops at the KOA entrance, and parking your vehicle in town is not for the faint of heart.

https://koa.com/campgrounds/niagara-falls-ontario/

PM me if you need anymore information cuz, youíre playing in my backyard.

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You should check. My understanding is that you don't want a transponder in your towed Jeep. You may get double charged. System automatically counts axles on connected vehicles. If it reads 2 transponders, it may charge both of them for the total amount.
I’m a PA resident and I have 4 transponders from NYS. Two of them are vehicle ones, the other two are for trailers. The one trailer is a single axle and the other is double (3 and 4 axle). These are blue and you only use them in the towing vehicle, not in the towed vehicle. I have found that the latest EZ-Pass setup is for the tollbooths to calculate how many axles you have so I stopped using the blue (3 and 4 axle) ones. I only use the one (regular vehicle - white) and pull it off my truck window and place in my motorhome when towing the truck. I have been through pretty much all the EZ-Pass states and the tolls are adjusted automatically. Always use the high-speed automatic lanes when they are available.
Either way, put all the other transponders in the shielded bag and only use one.

As for Nashville to Niagara Falls, you’ll be passing near me on the high side of Erie. Traffic gets heavier on 90 from 79 exit to 86 exit (old 17) but at least it’s not too long a distance. Try to avoid Cleveland rush hour, Ohio drivers will not move from the passing lane (I’m not sure they know what the left lane is for).
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Only toll on this route is the NYS Thruway and maybe some minor tolls around Buffalo/Niagra. I've been using E-ZPass the past 16 years. Purchased the units (4 of them) in PA and never needed one for any trailer. Not my campers nor boats. Even before E-ZPass the sensors on the Ohio and PA Turnpikes knew my length, number of axles, and (probably) my weight. The transponders are in near daily use here in Richmond.

A towed "toad" is just another pair of axles and like any other trailer doesn't need a transponder.

Unless the border stays open and you have your shot records you ain't getting to Niagara via Detroit-Windsor. Straight thru routes in Cincy and Columbus are much faster -- but the Cincy bridges over the Ohio River are still buggered. Straight thru Columbus is much faster. No reason to get within 20 miles of Cleveland though as I271 is the only bypass that actually works.

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You should check. My understanding is that you don't want a transponder in your towed Jeep. You may get double charged. System automatically counts axles on connected vehicles. If it reads 2 transponders, it may charge both of them for the total amount.

What you said is true. To avoid double charges and keep any unused transponders from getting charges, just leave them in the shielded bag that are furnished with transponders.

WOW-- Lots of great info.

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Ben, I don’t know if you’re planning to go through Bowling Green, KY or not but we stayed at the KOA there and toured both the Corvette plant and the Corvette Museum. They no longer do factory tours but the museum is really nice. All models of older corvettes, the ones that were swallowed by the sinkhole, and you can even buy a chance or two on a brand new Corvette. They also have a cute restaurant in the museum. You can purchase your tickets online for the museum.

We stayed a week at the Grand Island KOA which was the closest campground to Niagara Falls on the US side. There is a bridge within a mile of the campground that has a small toll, one way - I think it was $1.00. This is before you get to the Rainbow Bridge that crosses into Niagara, Canada, which is also a toll bridge. Be sure to plan on viewing the falls at night - beautiful - be sure to see the fireworks display from the Canadian side as well as riding “The Maid of The Mist”- you board on the American side. This is a “must do”. However, as you didn’t say (I don’t think) when you were headed that way, they do shut down operations for the season after a certain date. Niagara on the Lake is beautiful and surrounded by several wineries. We spent a couple of days there. If you like casinos, they have several there but we preferred the Seneca Casino. The exchange rate from US to Canadian is pretty good - not so much the other way around (haha).Make sure you have proper ID for crossing the border. You’re going to have a grand time - I know we enjoyed that area tremendously. Enjoy your trip! Safe travels!!
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Ben...if you haven't been to Niagra Falls before...may I suggest taking a Canadian side campground. The Falls are much better on that side and all the activities are better too.
We like the KOA just up the road there as the bus to the falls and attractions stops right in front and its' a good park.
Anvil campground in Williamsburg is a good one.
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