Picking Up Your ARV: Part 2, The Maiden Voyage
As we mentioned in Part 1, we recommend scheduling your pick-up for a Friday through Monday (if you missed it, read Part 1 here). This way, you can have a full day of training on Friday, take the weekend to make your “Maiden Voyage” in your van, and come back on Monday with any questions you may have discovered during your short trip. Of course, you can follow this formula mid-week as well, we have just found that past customers prefer utilizing the weekend.
Northeast Ohio is central to multiple wonderful destinations within a day’s drive, though if you’re not familiar with the region, some places may not be on your radar. With the help of ARV owners who have taken their Maiden Voyage before you, we’ve created five itineraries for you to consider when you take delivery of your ARV.
- Hocking Hills State Park (3.5 hours)
- Route to take: I-71 S to I-70 E
- Where to stay: Park campground
- Where to eat: Hocking Hills Diner
- What to see/do: Hiking, canoeing, fishing, and other outdoor activities are all popular choices at Hocking Hills! Visit Ash Cave, the largest and most impressive recess cave in the state of Ohio. You can also visit a winery and stop into several arts and crafts stores during your stay!
- Letchworth State Park (4 hours)
- Route to take: I-90 E to back roads
- Where to stay: Park campground (Note: this campground becomes quite busy during the summer months)
- Where to eat: Glen Iris Inn
- What to see/do: Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the East,” many of the beautiful site Letchworth has to offer are accessible without too much hiking, though there are wonderful trails as well if hiking is your thing! Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing are all options as well. And if you prefer a bird’s eye view of the park, you can enjoy a hot air balloon ride!
- Maumee Bay State Park (2.5 hours)
- Route to take: I-90 W to Ohio Route 2 along the Lake Erie shoreline
- Where to stay: Park campground (Campsites are nicely separated from each other by foliage)
- Where to eat: Water’s Edge Restaurant (Part of the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center)
- What to see/do: Ride bikes or take a leisurely walk on the paved trails along the shore and through the woods, watch the sunset over Lake Erie, or explore the boardwalk through a beautiful marsh while you are here.
- Finger Lakes Region (4.5 hours)
- Route to take: I-90 E, to I-86, to back roads
- Where to stay: Allen H. Treman State Park Campground (Trailheads are conveniently located in the campground and the location is close to the restaurants in Ithaca, numerous wineries, and the scenery of Buttermilk Falls and Taughannock Falls)
- Where to eat: Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY, on the westside of Seneca Lake
- What to see/do: Water and wine are the blessings of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State! 11 beautiful lakes give the region its name, though it’s also known for gorges and waterfalls, its hiking, and its wineries. If the outdoors aren’t your thing, you may find interest in an art trail, history and museum trail, or even cheese trail–all available to you in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York!
- Niagara Falls (3 hours)
- Route to take: I-90 E to I-190 N
- Where to stay: Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort (Located on Grand Island, 15 minutes south of the Falls)
- Where to eat: Donatello’s Restaurant
- What to see/do: Niagara Falls is home to one of the 7 wonders of the world. See the magnificent Falls in the day time up close and personal by boarding the Maid of the Mist or touring the Cave of Winds. At night, head over to the Canadian side for a spectacular view of the Falls lit up in rainbow colors. Hike through the scenic terrain of the Niagara Gorge, or tour one (or more) of the 22 wineries that make up The Niagara Wine Trail.
Do you have any other hidden Midwest gems to add to our list? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite spot within a few hours drive of ARV in Willoughby!