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King of New Orleans
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Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?

Wanting to take a full week and split it between Boston and NYC. Fly to Boston on a Sunday, drive down to NYC on that Wednesday, fly back to MSY on Sunday.

I know flights will be the most expensive part of this. Is a trip like this worth going through some type of planner or do it myself?

Would like to go in early spring.

Tips? Any help is appreciated.


Tshiz
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
Eh cities are pretty easy to hit the high points in previous threads

I would recommend training from nyc to Boston, easier than dealing with cars imo


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coldcoldcajun
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
I’m guessing it’s your first time. Can’t speak for Boston, but for NYC buy the city pass. It will have all the “must see” attractions at a discount. Do a couple of walking tours too (might be on the pass as well). We did Meat Packing District, Financial District, and one other. It was great to hear about what you would ordinarily just walk by. If you want to do a broadway show you can get discount tickets Saturday morning at the TKTs booth in Times Square. Not every show is sold there, but you’ll probably find something you like. You will need to plan according to the times of tours and shows. NYC is walkable, and we didn’t find the subway too scary (a bit confusing though).


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AbitaFan08
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
I really don’t see why a travel agent/planner is necessary. I agree with another poster in that you’re better off taking the train from Boston into Penn St. rather than drive.


nicholastiger
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
Yes
Car rental and parking is not cheap
Take the train
New York and Boston is a lot to do on one trip


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cgrand
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
you don’t want or need a car in either city.
there’s enough info on both places on this board to do a dozen one week trips


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LSUfan4444
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
Research here, trip advisor, etc and find the things that peak your interest. It's okay to not be interested in certain museums just because someone else recommends then as "can't miss" and it's perfectly fine to skip them altogether for example. With just a few days in each city you will be able to find plenty to do, see and eat without having to depend on a trip planner.

What are your interests? Are you and your family ambulatory and able/willing to walk 6+ miles a day or do you need ubers/trains, etc.?

Is food just something you need to do to live or is dining a high priority?

Fans of history?

Is live music of theater something of interest, etc?

What about sporting events?

I wouldn't personally rent a far and make that drive and would fly between them but that's me. I have zero interest in "road trips" or driving between destinations.


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kciDAtaE
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
What would you be using a trip planner for?
Things to do? Bookings? Logistics?


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SDVTiger
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
Just rent the car one way in Boston and drive/drop it off in New Haven or Stamford CT then take the train to Grand Central


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RockyMtnTigerWDE
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
Buy the NYC pass and you can get the major attractions most will see. My favorite was actually the boat ride East and Hudson Rivers, it really helped me catch my bearings and I was able to navigate with no problem after that.

You can plan these trips without a trip planner.


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NOLALGD
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
Like others have said train between NYC and Boston, I wouldn't rent a car in either place for only 3 days in each city. Both cities have good public transit and you can probably take a bunch of ubers/lyfts for cheaper than a rental car + the cost of parking, not to mention the congestion and hassle.

For the train if you buy far enough ahead for Wednesday travel coach on the NE Regional will be dirt cheap, less than $50/ticket after fees and taxes. You could spend more for business class, still less than $200, or really go high end and take the Acela train which is a business/first class train only. Either way, Moynihan Train Hall is one of the coolest buildings in America and great place to arrive in NYC.


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Saint Alfonzo
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re: Planning a trip to Boston/NYC. Worth using a trip planner?
I don't see why you would need a planner. You can fill up three and four days in either spot pretty easy.


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