18 July 2013

From Washington, D.C To Boston...

America the beautiful?! I know some great places that you could visit along North America's Northeast coast! How about starting from D.C to Boston, with two interesting stops on the way?! Pack your essentials into a backpack, grab your passport and your sense of adventure then we're good to go! Let's love the hot-spots but remember backing the underdog is key!

Touch down in Washington D.C to begin the ultimate Northeast coast escapade! Drop your bags and get out to the White House, the Obamarama vibe is waiting for you! Washington D.C is the presidential city for sure, get to grips with the National Mall to see the Lincoln Memorial to be a part of American history. D.C has to be one of the cleanest that I've ever visited! Follow the Potomac River, find yourself in Georgetown to be transported back to the colonial days. G-Town is beyond kitsch! Look out for the Capitol Building at the far end of the National Mall where its the best place to take some time to take in the charms that Washington D.C. serves. Take your chance to laze upon the green that faces the Capitol Building or imagine your are a news broadcaster who is presenting the top headlines? Schedule a summer trip to Washington D.C for the National Mall looks better in the warm!

Use Washington's metro system to your advantage, experience a new state without thinking about it? The Pentagon stands in the state of Virginia, take a somber slant to your first few days in the District of Columbia by paying your respects at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial to remember the souls who lost their lives. If you haven't had your fill of Virginia just yet I would jump back on the metro, going past Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport to reach Alexandria. Let Alexandria's Old Town take you back further, enjoy some down time beside the Potomac River. Just to add the Potomac River connects District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland so that's another new state you've visited, one of those is coming up next! Before edging back to Union Station why not take a stroll around the Arlington National Cemetary? Crazy I know but its the burial place of former President John F Kennedy! Washington D.C offers so much more than the White House, embrace it all! Yes!

Take the Amtrak train from Washington's Union Station to Baltimore Penn Station for the next step. Say "Good Morning Baltimore!" as you step off your Amtrak service, this city is waiting for you! Check out Eastern Avenue for true Baltimore realness! Recognise that Baltimore has grit, drama and action so respect that fact! Keep your eyes peeled at all time for Baltimore is a very interesting place that has many quirks that mirror an inner city area in England! Spend some time at the Inner Harbor to see the magnificent U.S.S Constellation, she's a beauty! Baltimore keeps it real, there's no false pretenses about this city, because what you see here is what you get! Fell's Point will show you the Baltimore of yesterday with its restored shipyard buildings and quaint line of shops. Baltimore will show you everything that a honest U.S city's got. Swing by Baltimore's Downtown area for something crazy!

Get to grips with Philadelphia's Old City first to relive that small British town feeling, its a very quaint area! Step back in time at the Liberty Bell Center and admire the surrounding gardens, this city has so much history its just bursting at the seams! If you're looking for the same grit that Baltimore possesses then you've come to the right place, Philly's Center City and Market St brings things back to the street! I loved this part of town because I just felt like I was in a normal American city, away from any pretense or false attitude. If you're into art galleries and museums then I suggest Phildelphia will be the perfect city stop! Admire Washington Square, its an international avenue with flags from the four corners of the globe. Capture the LOVE sign for yourself that over looks the flags leading to Washington Square. South Street will miss you if you don't pay it a visit, try a Philly Cheese Steak at Ishkabibble's and a drink or five at Bob & Barbara's! Philadelphia is going to be a scream!

Welcome to the Empire State of New York! View everything from a greater height at the top of the Empire State Building, forget any fear of heights because the view is more than breathtaking! Claim your freedom by visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, live the American dream for yourself! Has NYC satisfied you yet? So, as darkness falls return to Times Square to admire the lights that strobe into the nights sky! Times Square brings it big, this part of New York City has to be visited otherwise its a crime! Pio Pio Peruvian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen is a must for a rustic and delicious meal. New York City is a place that doesn't sleep, so I don't expect you to! Let the streets be your runway in NYC! Take to the High Line to see what a former railway line looks like as an urban park space, it overlooks over West Village and has spectacular views of the Hudson River. New York City holds the key to greatness B!

All this travelling can get tiring so get to the Jersey Shore! NJ Transit makes things easy, take the train via Newark Penn Station to Point Pleasant for a great day at the beach to recharge your batteries. There's even a Tiki Bar at this New Jersey beach so things are going to get very crazy! Bronze your skin and show that Jersey Shore lot what you're made of because talk will always be cheap! If you're feeling hungry on the way back to New York City then get off the train at Newark Penn Station for a bite to eat in the Ironbound District. The Ironbound is home to a whole of Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants so open your heart to a side of New Jersey that's seriously underrated? It's a dead cert that the Big Apple and its little sister will change your life, there's no other place quite like it! Newark wants you more! Take a second to think Washington D.C, Baltimore, Philadelphia and NYC has passed by, there's no time for a state of dreaming because Boston will be calling soon!

Boston! This endearing city will capture your heart with its European similarities and temperamental New England climate. Take a stroll through Boston Common, get a view of the park view townhouses that could easily fit in within the Chelsea streets of London town! Discover the Freedom Trail to witness the sights that have made Boston the city it is today. Make sure you see Fanueil Hall, a building that holds close to Boston's vast history. Be a student for the afternoon by visiting the university town of Harvard to be a part of the nuvo-student vibe! I really wanted to transfer uni's to Harvard University for the grounds of the library are exactly how it's depicted in the movies! When I visited in 2012 I wanted to join a Harvard Fraternity! Just to add the Freedom Trail can take a while to tackle so start out as early as you can to get the best of your Boston adventure! Boston is a lovely slice of Britain in America! Go!

The spirit of Boston is waiting, if I had the chance to go back to this city I would go for it! But its not about me! If witches are your thing, take the train from Boston North Station to Salem. This Halloween infused town has a story to tell, following the witches path to uncover the secrets of the witch trails of the 1600's! Boston's Downtown district will bring you to the final stage of your Northeast coast American adventure, it has a dreary feel to it that resonates England for me and I know you'll love it. Boston as a city has a colonially modern vibe that makes gives it more chill compared to the craziness of New York City. Throughout the course of this trip I hope by the end point you have seen as much as possible and what you've seen you have hopefully loved? If you haven't then you should plan your own trip? So, I guess its a wrap for this Northeast coast extravaganza! The key to any successful trip is to follow a clear plan, keep within your means and have a great time!

San Francisco Next! 

Joseph Harrison

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