Road trips are one of my favorite ways to travel, and my most recent road trip to Toronto was no different. Sure, it was a lot of driving for such a short amount of time in the Canadian city, but it was worth every hour spent in the car, all twenty-two of them.
My brother, Thomas, and, his friend, Alex, had plans to attend the Sensation concert on Saturday night, so we set out at 5:30am on a trip that would allow me to end up at my Flipkey Real World townhouse approximately ten to twelve hours later. There was a long day of driving ahead of us, but it was one filled with beautiful scenery and a few enjoyable stops along the journey.
We started out just outside of New York City, and headed up the New York State Thruway to Route 17. Surrounded by lush green, rolling hills, it was a surprisingly beautiful drive. After a few hours, we got hungry, and decided to stop in Binghamton for breakfast. There’s not much to in the town itself, but luckily, Thomas and Alex had already driven this route before and knew the perfect place to stop for breakfast: Danny’s Diner.
From the outside, it does not appear to be anything more than an old, run-down diner, but walk through the doors and you step back in time. The place is adorable, and the food is exactly what you’ll want to fill you up if you have a long drive ahead of you. What’s even better is that it’s a lot of food for just a little bit of money: seven dollars bought me a large orange juice, a short stack of pancakes, eggs, and sausage.
After a few more hours of driving, and we finally reached our lunch time destination. This was a road trip based on food stops, remember I was with two guys in their early twenties. Once we arrived in Buffalo, we headed straight to the birthplace of buffalo wings – Anchor Bar.
Now, I am not the biggest fan of buffalo wings, but I have to admit that there was something special about these wings. I’d highly recommend a pit stop here on your way up to Canada.
Just a short drive further was the biggest event on the driving schedule, and one of my bucket list items. Just about an hour after our buffalo wing lunch, we crossed the border into Canada and stopped at Niagara Falls.
It was impressive to see, especially as we crossed into Canada, but I had to admit that overall I was unimpressed. It’s a very commercial area with many hotels and chain restaurants, quite the opposite of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Still, I’m glad to have seen the waterfall and to have crossed it off my bucket list.
About an hour further after our Niagara pit stop, we arrived in Toronto. The skyline was a welcomed sight after many hours spent in the car, and it was a relief to get to our final destination.
I eventually arrived at the townhouse about twelve hours after I left my house that morning, and although overwhelmed and exhausted, I was thrilled to have Ted, Anita, and Kieu there to greet me when I arrived. That greeting was made even better when Ted handed me a beer upon arrival, it was at that moment I knew it was going to be the perfect weekend.
If long drives aren’t your thing, then the road trip to Toronto would be best spent over a few days, really taking the time to enjoy the scenery and stops along the way. But, for me, the one day road trip was just the perfect way to spend the day, leaving me just enough time to have some experiences to make it worthwhile.