Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Epic East Coast Adventure

So I decided to start doing research for the trip that we are taking this summer. I haven't mentioned it on the blog much because I wasn't sure if our plan would actually work... but as of right now our Epic East Coast Adventure is a go. Our nephew is graduating high school this upcoming June so we are flying into Tampa to celebrate with him and his family (my husband's older brother's family). Mark has only made a trip or two to visit them in the 7 years we've been together, and we've never gone together. I have a grandma in Florida so I have been there once myself. Because of work and money we never did take a honeymoon after we were married in 2011. Our daughter Amelia is such an amazing traveler so when I threw the idea of a road trip out to my husband he was on board right away. After all... we want a bigger family eventually and I doubt we will want to be driving all over the country with our brood in tow. This is our only real chance. 
So I have a questions for all of you darlings. We have some major stops on our trip. For those of you who have visited or live in these areas, what are the MUST SEE places? Also, if you know of some great stops along our path that aren't in one of these cities... please share those as well. 
Charleston, SC
Washington D.C.
Philadelphia, PA
New York, NY
Portland, ME
Boston, MA
I have been to D.C. and New York twice so I have an idea of what I want to see, but will definitely welcome all suggestions. 
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  1. NYC and Dc have the obvious sights to see (all worthwhile). In Boston I would definitely hit the aquarium and a whale watch if the weather is good. I haven't been to there other cities but would love to visit them. I love a road trip. Excited for you!

    Anne
    www.lovethehereandnow.com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I have been to D.C. and New York both twice, but they were with a school trip. Once when I was in 8th grade and then I chaperoned the same trip when I was in high school. My husband has never been anywhere over there though so I'm going to mix some of my favorite spots that he MUST see with some new spots I've never seen. I just hope my 5yo will remember parts of this trip when she is older.

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  2. Wow, that is an EPIC road trip!! Some places that I've vacationed in those areas are: Disney World, Hilton Head, SC, Central Park, FAO Schwarz toy store in NYC, statue of liberty, and the empire state building. I've heard that DC is amazing and I've always wanted to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring. Ever read the children's book Make Way for Ducklings?? It's set in Boston and they have a park with duck statues to visit from the book. This is definitely an adventure for the books!!

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    1. I am so excited to see South Carolina! Like I giggle when I think about it excited. I have been to D.C. and NY twice each so I have seen all of the big stuff, but Mark hasn't so I'm excited that he will get to experience it all. I have some must see spots, but I want to pack as much in as possible. It will be awesome for the three of us to spend all of that time together before summer ends and Amelia starts school.

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  3. Charleston is awesome, we had our honeymoon in Isle of Palms, which is a little island right off of Charleston and it was so quiet and sweet. And Charleston the type of city that you can park and just walk around and see everything which I love!! I live in NC so I'll wave as you go by :)!!

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    1. I am soooo excited to visit Charleston. It has been on my list for years.

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  4. How fun! I've been to DC and NY but not the others... I'd love to go someday!

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    1. When I went to D.C. and NY both times they were guided trips with a school. I'm excited to be on our own this trip. There are some things I really want to do there, but I also want to make sure my husband sees the big stuff. He's never been. I'm really excited about Charleston and Boston... and of course Portland Maine because that's where my best friend lives.

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  5. Use roadtrippers.com for things along the way and to help plan out the whole trip!

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    1. Thanks for the website suggestion. I will definitely head there this weekend and check it out.

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  6. For DC - the Spy Museum is a hit with both kids AND adults! I love it and go every single time I'm back there. Also the Newseum. It sounds nerdy/weird (a museum about News?!) but trust me, it's amazing. I will have to send you some of my favorite restaurants in DC too. I lived there during college and loved it! Also, stop in Savannah, GA on your way up, before you get to Charleston. It is stunning and there are some killer restaurants in the area as well.

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    1. Both of those museums sound awesome! I've done a couple of the Smithsonian museums. Would the Spy Museum be interesting for a 5yo? I wish I could make a month trip out of this instead of 2 weeks :) There is just so much to see. Maybe I should just move over to the East Coast for a few years.

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  7. You should make a stop in Rhode Island on your way to Boston! :) Providence and Newport are worth a stop! You can do the cliff walk in Newport and visit the east side of Providence (Brown University/pretty houses/yummy food!)

    Also the Freedom Trail is the perfect way to see all the important historical places in Boston!

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, and for the great suggestions! I really want to look around Rhode Island. I will look up Freedom Trail and check it out. We won't be in Boston too long, just a day or two, so it might be the perfect thing for us with limited time there.

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