I can not (and refuse to) believe that it’s been just over two weeks since I got back from my holiday. You know that feeling when you go away and have an amazing time then come back to work/ reality for a few days and it feels like you’ve never been away? Well that’s how I feel.
I was lucky enough to do a whistle stop tour to four amazing places within the States all within the 8 days that I was away. Fortunately I had been to them all before otherwise this would definitely have not been long enough, but it helped me remember why I loved the cities.
I began with two a bit days in New York and what a fantastic few days it was full of shopping, eating (although this was a reoccurring theme everywhere!) and we managed to see Ground Zero, head to liberty island again, wander around Soho and Time Square, and take in a show. I definitely could have spent another week here, although my bank balance would have hated this! But i’ll be back very soon.
Then we had a seven a bit hour drive up to Canada to Niagara to see the falls which is one of my favorite sites, you can see a blog post I dedicated purely to it here. Words can not describe how much I love this place. We again spent almost two days in Niagara exploring the area before another seven a bit hour drive down to Philadelphia.
Now last time I went to Philadelphia I didn’t get very long there at all, and while we only had one night we did quite a lot in this time. If you’re heading there I particularly recommend going to Betsy Ross’ house who was the lady who created the first American flag, it was incredibly interesting.
We had a lovely horse drawn carriage ride as it hit dusk, properly saw the liberty bell and generally explored City Hall/ Independence Hall.
After here we headed to Washington DC where we finished our trip. We had a lovely night time tour where we visited some of the monuments which look beautiful at night time, and at the Roosevelt Centre there was an skate/ art exhibition on. There were hundreds of skateboards and each one had been hand painted, it was such an awesome exhibition and some of them were so cleverly done.
Again I don’t really remember much of Washington from last time but this time I got to spend some lovely time in Alexandria as well as explore some of the Smithsonian museums which were really interesting. The natural history was always going to be my favourite as I love anything to do with dinosaurs and animals, and this one was amazing!
My whistle stop tour has just shown me how much I love the States and how much there is to do. As a creature of habit – and a massive shopaholic – I am planning on heading back to New York next summer but after that who knows.