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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-25-2007, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Route Recomendation Chicago to Vermont

My brother and I are heading from my parent's house outside Chicago to my cousin's in Vermont memorial day weekend. Mapquest shows the route going through Canada crossing over through Detroit into Winsdor Canada and back into New York. Any ideas?

Does Canada celebrate memorial day the last weekend of May? I'm thinking if they don't it'll probably be better to go through Canada. Is Ontario's drinking age 19 or 21 for Americans? I've heard both.

My brother and I are up for a road trip and would like to take back roads. Any good routes/ places to check out?
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Going through Canada is a good way to around the lakes. I have made the trip from VT to OH and back a few times, and I have found that going through Canada from New York is the easiest, and quickest way to go.

I am not sure what the drinking age is.

I can tell you that I think you won't be disapointed with VT. I have been to a lot of places in the world, and Vermont is where my heart is.

Good luck with your trip.

Here is some advise. If you ar going to be coming through VT on the weekend of Mem. Day. Don't try and drive through Burlington on Sunday May 27. I am not sure were you are going but a popular way to get from NY to VT is to take the ferry that lands in Burlington. Don't take it that day. On May 27th this year is the Vermont City Marathon. It is one of the largest events of the summer in B-town, if the weather is nice there will be 30-50 thousand people in town, and most all of the roads are closed for runners.

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Since Mapquest shows you going through Canada, you must be heading to Northern Vermont (Burlington). If you are going to Southern Vermont (Bennington) I would recommend taking 90 through New York. We have taken both routes at different times of the year. As for traveling across the border in Michigan, the border crossing at Port Huron will be much faster than crossing in Detroit. There is also a small ferry crossing north of Detroit that will get you to Canada.

While a valid US Passport is not required yet, make sure all your paperwork is in order. Not having it helps getting you flagged at the crossing point on either end.

The best way to travel through Vermont is on the smaller roads versus the one highway. While more scenic, you could get stuck in tourist traffic in many small towns. Manchester in the southwest corner has been terrible in the past. If everybody has learned to use the new traffic circle, it should move easier.

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Thanks for the advice, were heading some where about an hour north or burlington, I can't remember the same, it's a tinny town. I'm down with back roads, I figure if i'm taking the time off work I might as well have fun with it.
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If you are heading to a town that is an hour North of Burlington, then it is a pretty safe bet that you are going to be forced to use secondary roads.
If you are giong to be an hour Northeast of B-town you are going to be in some beautiful county.

I live and work in Burlington now, but my home town is about 45min northeast of B-town.

I am willing to bet you will enjoy your time here very much.

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I have a friend who did a simliar route last winter, and the border patrol coming back into the US HIGHLY recommended having passports because of the "driving thorough" Canada thing. I guess it has something to do with entering and leaving Canada at separate places within such a short time period.

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The drinking age in Ontario should be 19 still. In Canada, it alternates every other province (19, 18, 19, 18...). I know Manitoba is 18. When I was in college the drinking age was not different for "Americans", but I was 21 then so it didn't matter. Have a safe trip!

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