To leave the city on a road trip might not be easy, especially if you have to rent a car, but it can feel like the greatest freedom ever and give you the crispest fresh air! We decided to go on a road trip and camp out, well not really camp out, we did sleep in the back of the car!
Bringing your own food and meals will help to curb spending at rest stops and/or restuarants and will allow for some spending at Starbucks!
Places to rent a car in NYC:
New York Rent a Car - 1800 697 2227
Dollar Rent a Car - 1800 800 4000
Enterprise Rent a Car - 1800 736 8222
Budget - 1800 527 0700
Hertz - 1800 654 3131
Avis- 1800 230 4898
The next thing you will want to prepare for is bug spray. I don't like to use too many chemical but walking through high grass where ticks could be is scary! It helps to have a deet or bug spray that you can put on your pants and shoes. Its great if you have tall socks you can roll over your pants and then higher boots, so that when you spray nothing actually gets on your skin! For the summers we give Lealu frontline and this helps in case she gets any ticks on her. I also made her a little scarf because it did get cold up there. Look how cute she looks!
Next you will want to make sure you have a map with you of where you will be driving and good directions. You can get great directions at mapquest.com. In order to leave the city without paying any money for tolls, you can take the Manhattan Bridge into Manhattan and take the Lincoln Tunnel out of the city. This way you pay no tolls leaving!! Its very difficult if not impossible to pay not tolls coming back in. The Lincoln Tunnel costs 8$, the Goethals coming onto the Verranzano costs 8$, even the George Washington Bridge now costs 8$. But it saves you if you can not pay going out.
Getting gas outside of the city is always cheaper than getting gas in NYC so if you can, its best to wait until you are outside to purchase your gas for the trip. We found that gas outside the city was 50 cents cheaper than in the city. Below are some pictures of our road trip, enjoy!