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Old 09-15-2019, 07:06 AM   #1
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La Crosse WI to Niagara Falls route

Google maps suggests I-90 which has toll roads. Does anyone know the approx cost of the tolls? Is there a better route option? Plan on stopping overnight 1 or 2 times. Thanks in advance of your help.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:18 AM   #2
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Maybe go north instead though the UP and Canada (2.5 hours longer). Maybe spend a few extra nights enjoying the trip. Or if you are in a hurry maybe one of the Lake Michigan ferrys. Anything to avoid Chicago IMHO.
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Are you able to travel part of the way in Canada (from Detroit east)? That would save toll road charges in Indiana, Ohio, and PA. You can also take I-90 from La Crosse to Madison and then I-94 to Milwaukee and down to Chicago save on tolls. There are no tolls going straight through Chicago but that drive can be awful at times. I-294 around Chicago has tolls.

Overall, I-94 has the fewest tolls from La Crosse to Detroit. As to the total charge...I'm guilty of not really thinking about it since we have an I-Pass (EZ-Pass) with automatic recharge. I do know it cost us about $150 total round trip in tolls from near Rockford, IL, to western NJ earlier this summer using toll roads as the fastest way.
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A quick check of the price for using the ferry from Manitowoc, WI would be $72 per adult plus $72 for the tow vehicle plus $91 for a 13' trailer. $235 total one way for one adult. That would cover a lot of tolls or an extra night or two on the road going the longer route.
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In my navigation unit the options "avoid Interstates" and "avoid tolls" are almost always turned on. I prefer to travel on US highways. You'll see much more than taking Interstates.
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Being a Canadian, I like the route north to the UP, Sault Ste Marie, cross into Ontario then east and south to Niagara.
The best views of the falls are on the Canadian side.
Plus, the exchange rate on the dollar is a big advantage,
Negative, gas prices are higher.
Or, for a shorter trip, take the Mackinac bridge to lower Michigan, and cross into Canada at Port Huron.
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Google maps suggests I-90 which has toll roads. Does anyone know the approx cost of the tolls? Is there a better route option? Plan on stopping overnight 1 or 2 times. Thanks in advance of your help.
Tom
We took Hwy 20 across Indiana and all the way into New York. It is slower but a pretty drive and there are some decent campgrounds on it. There's one in Howe, Indiana we've stayed in twice. It's quiet and in a rural area. We also stopped at the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. It's well worth the price and time. If you get there after closing time (we pulled in about 8PM one night) or are there and ready to leave about closing time you can spend the night in their parking lot for free. We've done that 3 times. If there after closing time then you can see the museum as soon as it opens the next morning. It is along I-90 and you can see the traffic on the toll road from the museum. If you see that you'll be happy you took Hwy 20. We left from Fon Du Lac, WI and went around Chicago the best we could. Traffic was bad in Chicago area but we hit it around rush hour.
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Thanks to everyone for your input. We decided on the UP/Canada.
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I agree with Sergey. Avoid tolls and see the sites! Also that Canadian cross country route is awesome as well.

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I agree with Sergey. Avoid tolls and see the sites! Also that Canadian cross country route is awesome as well.

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Thats all fine and good if Tom has the time for that.. but he implied that he does not..

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It's been six years since I took the toll route through the outskirts of Chicago so my information may not be up to date. I remember there being a lot of toll booths, each charging very small amounts -- a dollar or two. It was an incredibly annoying and stressful drive, but it wasn't expensive.

If you have an extra day though, and want to try the scenic route, I recommend the Upper Peninsula route, but with a twist. From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, drive east on Highway 17 in the direction of Sudbury. But turn south on Highway 6 near Espanola and drive onto Manitoulin Island.

You'll take a ferry from South Baymouth to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. Then continue south on Highway 6 to Hamilton, from where it's a short drive to Niagara Falls. The ferry costs close to $100 CAD or $75 USD for two passengers, tow vehicle and trailer, but this depends on length.

Highway 6 roughly follows the Niagara Escarpment, limestone cliffs and hills -- the same geological formation that results in Niagara Falls. It's a scenic trip through rural Ontario and old towns from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Much, much nicer than driving on the interstate!
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