Exploring The East Coast of America

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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.

betsy ross house philadelphia

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.

roosevelt centre washington

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.

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Have you been to the States? Where would you recommend I head?
October 5, 2015
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  • Reply Kacie Morgan

    I went to New York when I was 18 with my sixth form college and I would love to go back. I love the States x

    October 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      The great thing is New York is becoming so much cheaper to visit. This is why i'm planning on heading back next summer! x

      October 6, 2015 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    I have recently been to Florida disney and it was amazing.You should visit there.

    October 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I am planning on going to Disney in a few years time. I am such a big kid so think it will be perfect for me x

      October 6, 2015 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Our Seaside Baby

    Ooo, I love New York, sounds like you had a great trip. I haven't explored the surrounding area though. I have been to the States quite a few times on holidays and work. Have you been to the west coast? I went with a friend a few years ago, driving from San Francisco down to Mexico, stopping off everywhere on the way including LA! That was an amazing trip with so many different landscapes; mountains, desert and sea. I could/should write a blog post about it. The scenery along the Big Sur is stunning, would definitely recommend it! Actually writing all of this makes me want to take another trip over there 🙂
    Our Seaside Baby

    October 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Wow sounds like you had an amazing trip! I have done California before and done pretty much everything there LA, San Francisco and all of that and obviously Vegas while I was there. But not much else on the West coast but it's something I definitely want to go back to! x

      October 6, 2015 at 9:14 am
  • Reply MissPond

    Oh man I love the East Coast! I went for 3 months 6 years ago now and I really want to go back. I seriously love New York and Boston. I'd love to head to Niagra next time though. I'm really hoping to get to New York again next year too! Glad you had a great holiday, even though it was a whistle stop tour!

    October 5, 2015 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Wow 3 months that's one hell of a trip. I'm planning on going to New York next summer too, the flights are so much cheaper than they ever used to be! x

      October 6, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I know that feeling all too well! I'm sitting here wistfully longing for Paris and its sun and great food after returning from a holiday two weeks ago! I've only ever been to the west coast of the USA, but I grew up on the East Coast of Canada. I really ought to return for a visit some time. Sounds like you had a fab time on your holiday!

    October 6, 2015 at 9:13 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I love the East coast of Canada, I had a lovely trip travelling around Quebec, Montreal, Toronto etc. You should definitely make a trip to go back! x

      October 7, 2015 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Lauren Hay

    Incredibly jealous of your trip as it sounds incredible! The art exhibition with skating sounds amazing too! Would love to see that.
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!

    October 6, 2015 at 10:08 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It really was, they were so cleverly done as well. x

      October 7, 2015 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Kaye Ford

    I'm glad you had a good time. Sounds like an awful lot of driving though! x

    October 7, 2015 at 8:52 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Fortunately we were on a tour so we had a lovely coach driver who did it all for us. I've never driven while being in the States and I have to admit I don't think I want to! x

      October 7, 2015 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I've been lucky enough to head to New York twice, but would love to explore more of America x

    October 7, 2015 at 8:55 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I love New York so much and it's always hard to choose where to head! x

      October 7, 2015 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Agata Pokutycka

    I've never been to US but I hope for a long driving trip one dy

    October 7, 2015 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Moore

    I have been to Louisiana before which I loved but not been anywhere else in the State. It looks great fun though!

    October 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply beautyqueenuk

    I've only ever been to Vegas and absolutely loved it, but I would love to visit all states in the US x

    October 8, 2015 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Amy Deverson

    I love the States! I've been to New York, Philadelphia and Florida and loved them all. Great post x

    October 8, 2015 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I haven't been to Florida yet but I am planning a Disney trip in a few years time. So finally i'll get there! x

      October 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Ami Ford

    I haven't been to the States, but the main place I want to visit is New York, and definitely Disneyland! x

    Ami | perksofbeingami

    October 10, 2015 at 1:48 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I am already planning Disneyland for the future x

      October 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

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