Around the US Northeast in Seven Days
February 7, 2012 8:26 PM Subscribe
We need a sanity check on this trip, please! My partner and I are planning on getting out of South Carolina by this summer. We know we'd like to live further north, but there are five places we're considering and we're trying to plan the most economical yet useful trip to help us decide. So: what is the cheapest way to visit Pittsburgh, PA, Syracuse, NY, Burlington, VT, Portland, ME, and Providence, RI in a week?
We have about a week to go investigate places we're thinking of living in. Neither of us have any experience of living in any of these places as an adult, but we've been doing research online and have narrowed down the aforementioned places as our most likely candidates. Our plan right now is to fly up to Pittsburgh from SC, rent a car there and drive it up through New England, and then drop it off in Providence and fly back to SC from there. We realize that this will not give us a great deal of time in each place, but we both adjunct at our local university so Spring Break week is about as much time as we're going to get for this trip prior to the end of the semester (which is when we're hoping to move!). From what we've found on sites like Orbitz and Kayak, it seems that this is going to be pretty pricey - picking up a car in Pittsburgh and dropping it off in Providence is going to cost us ~$500 for the week, not to mention costs for flights and the like. If there is some other way of getting around over this time - or if there would be a better pick up/drop off city that would still enable us to hit all of our intended destinations - we are certainly flexible in that regard.
Are we overlooking any other approaches, or is this just how much a multi-city trip like this is going to have to cost? We are certainly happy to take any other transportation mode we can, so long as we can get there and back in a week. Our budget is tight, our days for the trip are numbered, yet there's a lot we feel like we need to see (and yes, we have discussed cutting out some of our stops, but unless we cut out Pittsburgh it doesn't seem like it would make a huge difference - and we're considering Pittsburgh seriously enough that the trip would not be very useful if we didn't visit there). If you have any suggestions about how we can do this for less, we would be grateful to hear them!