Summer Road Trip from NYC

Summer Road Trip from NYC

The time is almost here. Getting my S85 next week.

I am planning possible road trips to take in August.
One idea is to go to Cleveland, OH. My daughter (12yrs) wants to see Rock n Roll hall of fame. Using super chargers I would have to go South before e going North. Probably would spend a day in DC. Has anyone done this trip? How is the scenery ? Any fun stops for kids (12 and 4) on a way?

Is there an easy way to come back via more direct route ? There are no supercharges on I80 and stopping at RV sides is not an option for us.


sperrysburg | July 7, 2014

If you want to extend your trip just a little farther, 60 miles west of Cleveland is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point is a huge amusement park and water park that your kids would love.

Rocky_H | July 7, 2014

Cedar Point is not as well publicized, but it is at least as good as most of the 6 Flags parks. It is amazing.

I'm not sure what aspect you mean about RV sites are not an option. If you're talking about the slow charging, I don't see how anything would be an option for you but Superchargers. RV parks or anything else is going to be quite slow--basically 2X charging time for the amount of driving time. On, you can find some people sharing their high power wall chargers, but they are still very slow compared to Superchargers, and if you don't have the dual charger option in your car, it wouldn't be faster than an RV site anyway.

For the I-80 direct route, it's possible to go from NYC to Danville or Lewisburg PA and then to Bellefonte, and then to Youngstown OH (see Plugshare), but each of those would be a few hours charging, so it's going to be tedious.

amatiych | July 7, 2014

RV is not an option for us for overnight. My wife is not fan of camping with 4 year old son. If there are hotels that allow for EV charging that someone can recommend that would be ok. We actually exploring couple of possible destinations.. Boston, MA may be an easier one for us to try this year but everything is still open.

Cedar Point sounds interesting but is there anything interesting in between Washington, DC and Cleveland ?

PV_Dave @US-PA | July 7, 2014 is the best source for hotels. There's a filter for "Hotels only". But be aware that most hotels will not guarantee you a reserved charger, so you should always have a backup plan.

There are lots of interesting things to do in DC. That could be a whole post in itself. Museums, monuments, good zoo, etc.

As an alternative to the southern route, if:
1) you make arrangements with the Tesla store in King of Prussia, PA to use their HPWC, and
2) you have an 85 rather than 60 kWh pack, and
3) you're OK with driving a little conservatively (65 to 70 MPH, but not 75)
then you should be able to comfortably make it from KoP to the Somerset Supercharger. If you want more of a margin of error, detour through Hagerstown, but still without going through Newark/Baltimore/DC, and you'll generally save time vs. dealing with the traffic of the more southern route.

Hopefully by year's end we'll have a Supercharger west of Harrisburg!

amatiych | July 7, 2014

We have been to DC a fee times and have taken my daughter on a road trip there so was thinking about one day in DC. I do (will ) have an 85 and ok driving more conservatively since I will have two kids with me. So thanks for the suggestion. This route may work for us.

amatiych | July 7, 2014

Meant to say a few times.

Good point about hotels. I was going to ask that as a separate thread. So how do you ensure that you can charge overnight at the hotel?

PV_Dave @US-PA | July 7, 2014

Or stop in DC on the way to Ohio, but skip it on the way back. It's even easier to skip coming east, because of the elevation drop. Just spend a little extra time at Somerset to get your rated up to 255-260, and you should be fine into KoP.

Did you order dual chargers? If so, you'd probably only need an hour and a half at KoP, maybe less depending on what remaining charge you roll in with. Being the largest mall on the East coast, it's not hard to spend a little time there, if you don't mind shopping/eating. If single chargers then you'd be stuck twice as long, since you're capped at 10kW.

amatiych | July 7, 2014

Thank you. I have single chargers but depending a couple of hours at the mall should not be an issue.

MagiKool | July 7, 2014

I agree with David. I live in Devon,PA and made the trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh many times. The PA turnpike from Western Chester County to the Eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh can be a pleasant ride through some very scenic country.

NYC to King of Prussia Plaza is under 200 miles - great shopping & dining.

King or Prussia to Somerset, PA is 220 miles - Somerset is a winter skiing mecca and some summer resort activities. I'd spend the night in Somerset and get a full charge.

Somerset to the Supercharger in Macedonia, OH a southern suburb of Cleveland is about 200 miles.

As a child I was in Sandusky many times, I've never been to Cedar Point but Sandusky had some nice water activities on Lake Erie.

Good luck, let us know how feel about your trip when your on the road and/or have returned to NYC.

hcwhy | July 7, 2014

I don't know the logistics of getting there, but one of my favorite spots is the Ohiopyle, PA area maybe sixty miles south of Pittsburgh. Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, "Fallingwater" is a few miles out of town. There's whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle State Park.....tens of thousands of peaceful acres...hiking trails, bike's wonderful. There's a five star resort maybe ten miles away....Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA that has an RV park connected to it. The hotel valet will take your car there overnight to charge it. If you think you might go there, let me know and I'll tell you about some of the other amazing places in the area.

hcwhy | July 7, 2014

Fallingwater link

golftoday | July 7, 2014

As part of going LA to CT, we went from the Somerset, PA supercharger to the Hamilton Township, NJ supercharger. Distance 270 miles. We stopped in the middle in Hershey, PA and stayed at the Fairfield Inn which has two Level 2 J1772 chargers. We thought the rooms were pretty nice.

amatiych | July 7, 2014

Falling water is a great idea. My daughter has a Lego model of it in her room. Would be nice to see the real thing.

hcwhy | July 7, 2014

The whole area is magical, IMHO

django | July 7, 2014

Did the trip this weekend from Toledo to NYC and back. Took the ohio and PA turnpike along the SC network, took 14 hours roughly one way including charging. All the SC on the route were great except the one in Macedonia that charged at a significantly slower rate than the rest.

ssarker | July 8, 2014

Children <6 yrs are not allowed on tours at Falling Waters.

amatiych | July 8, 2014

Thanks. So Falling Waters is not an option anymore.
Everyone, thanks for suggestions about Cedar Point and KOP as well.

My wife is insisting on Boston road trip anyway so we may postpone Cleveland trip for a year (or actually two so we can go to Falling Waters).
My daughter wants to see Harvard and Yale (on a way) anyway. Also seems like much easier trip for a first road trip in MS. Supercharges in CT and RI at reasonable distances.

There is also a Dinosaur place on a way that my 4 year old may enjoy (took my daughter there a few years ago on a trip to Cape Cod).

Bighorn | July 8, 2014

If you're visiting Yale, be sure to get on a tour to get past all the locked gates that are necessary in beautiful downtown New Haven. Brown is not far from the East Greenwich charger, btw, and is on the way to Boston. Maybe check out if it's a good time for a whale watch from the MA coast. Sagamore SC should be open by then, making the Cape a nice option.