1. Boston, Massachusetts-A great city full of history, charm and amazing seafood. Walk the Freedom Trail and learn so much about this country's great history. This 2.5 mile trail through downtown Boston takes you to 16 historical sites. You can walk the tour independently or take one of the organized walking tours. On Tuesday, they even offer a Pub Tour because we all know those brave rebels found some of their courage at their local pub. One stop you must make on The Freedom Trail is Faneuil Hall that has served as a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743. The marketplace is teeming with food options and street entertainers. It is on of my very favorite places in Boston. Like most cities, their is an abundance of museums. Two of the most notable is the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. And of course, baseball fans will want to see historic Fenway Park. Music lovers will want to see the Boston Pops. The list just goes on and on. This is just a great city for a quick four day weekend or you could spend a full week here and not run out of things to do.
|Tours are available at Fenway|
2. Washington, D.C.-Everyone needs to visit our nation's capitol at least once. It is a stunningly beautiful city, especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. To stand on the National Mall and gaze in either direction is a moment that you won't soon forget. Of course, there are accommodations of all kinds in the city and they are expensive (expect to pay for parking, like all cities) but most of the attractions are free so it helps offset the financial burden. Visit the Capitol Building and stand under the third largest dome in the world. The building itself is a work of art and it is inspiring to stand at the top of the stairs where so many of our presidents have taken the oath of office. Climb the Washington Monument, visit the Vietnam memorial, sit for a moment at Lincoln Memorial, See the White House and the National Zoo (it is free too). Dedicate several hours to the Smithsonian, it is also free and well worth the time. I still laugh at the memory of my husband realizing that his first bike was housed in the Smithsonian, he was horrified that he's was old enough for that to happen. To read more about the national memorials, the zoo and the Smithsonian, go to http://washington.org/washington-dc-monuments-memorials. When it comes to eating the restaurants run the gamut from fast food to very exclusive, Remember that this our nation's captiol and like all capitols, prices are on the high side. There are all kinds of tours available but try to find one that transports you from place to place and you can get off and on as you desire. Some offer multi-day passes. There is not a bad time to visit but cherry blossom time draws more crowds and of course, the 4th of July is one huge party. Take your time, learn your history, savor the beauty of the city, it is a trip that is well worth taking.
|Celebrate the 4th in our Nation's Capitol.|
|Photo looking down the National Mall|
|Portland Head Light|
|Shot of CN Tower from Centre Island|
|Toronto has a gorgeous skyline at night|
Hope this gives you some ideas for your next getaway. Until next time, safe travels!