The Road Trip to Toronto

The Road Trip to Toronto

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.

Photo Credit: My brother, Thomas

Photo Credit: My brother, Thomas

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.

road trip to Toronto

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.

road trip to Toronto

Niagara Falls.




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.

Hello, Toronto!

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.

Photo Credit: Traveling Ted

Photo Credit: Traveling Ted

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.

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Comments (19)

  1. Danielle

    Ah, what a great drive! I could certainly go for some of those wings right now…

    Glad you got to see the Falls!

    1. The World Wanderer

      It was awesome, especially for those wings! 😉

  2. JR Riel

    In the name of all things holy, that picture of the giant plate of buffalo wings just about made my day!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, I know, JR, it was ridiculous!

  3. @mrsoaroundworld

    What a fab drive – you know I am a huge fan of road trips! Good photos too, Erin!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Ana! It was a blast, especially because of where I was going. 🙂

  4. Lola DiMarco

    Those wings do look delicious! And you look adorable as well! Way to make the most out of your trip up!

  5. Traveling Ted

    You can always depend on me to make sure you are welcomed with a beer and a hug.

  6. lola

    love this write up! i think i’d like that road trip…you did it the right way if you ask me.

    PS – could you be any more cute?! no, i don’t think so! miss you!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Aww, thanks, Lola! Glad the road trip led me to you! xxx I miss you immensely!

  7. Francesca

    Love me a good road trip! They’re made even better when you’ve got cool places to stop along the way. On our road trip to Toronto… not so much 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Me too, especially with good stops and this was a gold mine for them. Not so much on yours?

      1. Francesca

        Not really. At least nothing as cool as Niagara Falls or Anchor Bar!

  8. Digital Nomads

    That is a good overland trip. My wife did almost the same but on the oposite direction and by bus (Toronto to NY).

    We loved Niagara Falls but hated the commercial area like you and seeing the skyline in your post brings a lot of good memories about Toronto.

  9. Aaron

    Gotta love road trips! Great Toronto skyline shot driving in wow! 🙂

  10. Lance

    My timing for reading this was terrible. I thought I was enjoying a peanut butter sandwich for lunch until I saw the pictures of the wings. I’ve always wanted to go to that place in Buffalo. Twelve-hour road trips can be tiring but at least you did get cool experiences along the way.

  11. Pola (@jettingaround)

    Aahhh, I love road trips and diners!! 🙂 I agree about Niagara Falls being so commercialized, but the waterfall is still beautiful. Glad we got to finally meet in person in Toronto! 🙂 xx

  12. Leah Travels

    I’m so happy I got to see you again in Toronto. It wasn’t nearly long enough though.

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