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Old 04-01-2013, 02:58 AM   #1
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What to see in the North East corner of the USA?

Hi,

I am going on vacation to the North-East corner of the USA, in July 2013.

Can anyone recommend a few things that are worth looking at whilst we are there?

Myself and my family (from Australia) are planning to spend 3 weeks on Vacation based out of Fort Meade, Marylands (a relative lives there).
We have decided to hire a car and try to take in as much as possible in this time.
We will be arriving at Baltimore on the 07/01/2013 and departing on 07/19/2013.

Some things we hope to see / visit are:
Washington DC, for the 4th July.
Smithsonian & White house.
Gettysburg
Niagara falls
Salem / Boston
New York city

We plan to drive from Washington DC to Niagara falls, then across to Boston, down to NY then back to Washington DC.
Is there anything that you would recommend along this route?

I have travelled to the USA before, and tend to find that cities are the same all over; however, it is the small out of the way places that are fascinating and have interesting people.

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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I would say U will see some fine parts of the NE.

Use Yelp app to find the better restaurants & hotels along the way.

And yes smaller places world wide are always better as they're a new experience for U & small town peeps have more time to be helpful.

Enjoy & at least U'll still be in Oz to see the Lions Tour
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:49 AM   #3
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Some things we hope to see / visit are:
Washington DC, for the 4th July.
Smithsonian & White house.
Gettysburg
Niagara falls
Salem / Boston
New York city
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I have travelled to the USA before, and tend to find that cities are the same all over; however, it is the small out of the way places that are fascinating and have interesting people.

Thanks,
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If you find cities to be the same,,, why do THREE (Washington, Boston and NYC) of them??? Do you want the historic sights and museums? Cultural events? Or do want to see some of the scenery and beauty?
I'd recommend more time in the Adirondack Mtns of New York, Green Mtns of Vermont and most of all the White Mtns of New Hampshire. Then spend some time along the coast of Maine. Also realize that time period is PRIME vacation time for families so you're going to encounter full hotels/restaurants/attractions everywhere you go. Plan ahead and make reservations as much and as soon as possible.
Good Luck and have a great trip!!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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the Adirondack Mtns of New York, Green Mtns of Vermont and most of all the White Mtns of New Hampshire. Then spend some time along the coast of Maine.

Thanks mate, just what I was looking for
Gives me something to research and try and fit it in.

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Old 04-01-2013, 03:08 PM   #5
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Thanks mate, just what I was looking for
Gives me something to research and try and fit it in.
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Don't forget Annapolis, MD, which is right down the road from Fort Meade (where I was stationed for two years in the Army). Beautiful little town with a lot of history, and the Naval Academy is right there.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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Some other pleasant things to do...
- See Independence Day (4th July) fireworks
- Watch a baseball game
- Eat lobster (its cheap in coastal New Hampshire and Maine)
- Go whale watching
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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The return trip you're planning is the whole length of the "megalopolis" - Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC. Rt 95 connects these cities in an unbroken straight line, making the whole thing akin to one giant city. You'll be driving within 100 miles of something like 50% of the population of the USA on that drive.

... so stop in Philly, too: the USA was conceived and born in Philly - there's a lot of history there.

... or skip it all and concentrate on the trip from MD to Niagra Falls, which will likely take you the the Pennsylvania Wilds. If you're outdoorsy, there's no shortage of stuff to see/ do. The trip from Niagra to Boston will take you either thru the Catskills or the Adirondacks.

You'll pass a huge number of casinos, if you're in to that sort of thing.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #8
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There is a lot to see in Washington D.C. Went there for the first time last year and had a blast. If you want to watch a baseball game, go see the Washington Nationals. Great new stadium. I was nervous at first about going there because everyone warned me to stay away from certain neighborhoods, HIGH crime rate. Stayed in The Mall area and didn't have any problems.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:55 PM   #9
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Dc is great, TONS of stuff. NYC, Boston also have a ton. Niagra falls is just depressing. The falls are in the middle of nowhere, and surrounded by urban desolation. Sure they're impressive, but not worth the time it'll take to get there and back, IMHO.
From Boston an hour or so north is Salem, and an hour or so south is Plymouth and then the cape (my stomping grounds) and more aforementioned lobster, and whale watching. (I'm not sure there's any boats out of Salem, but Boston, Plymouth, Barnstable, and p-town for certain).
As mentioned above, the Maine coast, the greens and the whites are breathtaking, well worth the effort, and will undoubtedly leave you wanting to move there.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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Only thing in Philly worth seeing is Revzilla. Lititz PA was just voted the coolest small town in the US. (shameless plug) Check out the Amish on the way through.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #12
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Philly area

If you're into history, you might want to check out Valley Forge National Park ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_Forge ).
And there is plenty to see in Philly ( http://www.visitphilly.com/ ). Maybe even check out the zoo.
They also have a great concert/fireworks display over the art museum during the 4th of July.
Every year they have basically a big block party called Welcome America ( http://www.welcomeamerica.com/ ).
Since you're going to be in Baltimore, you should definitely check out the Aquarium at Inner Harbor.
It's probably the best one in the country ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa...m_in_Baltimore )
( http://www.aqua.org/ )
I'd stay away from the casinos. Nothing really exciting about them unless you're into losing money or seeing a show.
If you head up towards Connecticut, take a wine tasting tour. But have a designated driver.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:25 AM   #13
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If you're headed to Boston, take the time to hit the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Get to the top of Mt Washington - walk, ride or take the train - and you'll get an unparalleled view of the Northeast mountains. Provided, of course, the weather cooperates. Mt Washington has famously unpredictable weather and people have died of hypothermia up there even in the dead of summer.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:11 PM   #14
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Cheers Guys, some brilliant tips here

All this information can't be found in the travel brochures, and the tips about the small things is what I am after.

I have to do the Niagara Falls thing, as the 'Mother-in-law' is tagging along with us, and this is the only thing she has requested.

I think the sheer population and size of some of these places is going to astonish me, as I am located in country New South Wales here in Oz, and my town is about an hour from the mountains which boasts Australia's highest mountain, and going in the opposite direction I am around 3 hours from the desert country (Outback Oz).
Even though, I am doing it on 4 wheels, I will be scoping out some prime riding areas for future reference.

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:41 PM   #15
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Check out the Amish on the way through.
He can probably finds some clips of Amish Mafia on the web. This will show you all you need to know about the Amish.
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