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Trip Journal 2017

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4/14/17

Today is the last day of our tour. We packed our bags and left or hotel for some more sightseeing before going to the airport. Our first shop was the United States Capitol building. We toured the building and saw Statuary Hall and the Rotunda beneath the beautiful dome of the Capitol. We crossed through the tunnel from the Capitol Visitors Center to the Library of Congress. Here we saw Thomas Jefferson's book collection and a Gutenberg Bible. Next we visited the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill. It was time for the boys to head to the airport but the girls had a couple of extra hours to explore the Smithsonian Museums.

 

U.S. Capitol

U.S Capitol
 

Supreme Court

Supreme Court
 

Library of Congress

Library of Congress
 

Eleanor Roosevelt statue

Eleanor Roosevelt statue
 

Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

 

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4/13/17

We began our day with a beautiful boat cruise down the scenic Potomac River. That left us at Mount Vernon, George Washington's historic estate, where we spent the rest of the afternoon. We toured the grounds, went inside George Washington's mansion, and checked out the museum that goes along with the entire estate.

From there it was time to have some free time in Old Town Alexandria before a delicious dinner. We finished up by checking out a few more of the evening monuments, including the Martin Luther King memorial, FDR Memorial, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial. It was a beautiful fun and invigorating day in our nation's capital!

 

Potomac River cruise

Potomac River cruise
Potomac River cruise
 

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon

 

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4/12/17

This morning we left New York and drove to Philadelphia. Lunch was at Reading Terminal, a market that has operated for over 100 years. The market offers local favorites and Amish goods. After lunch we continued on to Washington D.C. As we drove into Washington we saw the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol. On the National Mall we visited the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Dinner this evening was in Georgetown at Pinstripes Restaurant. After dinner we visited the White House.

 

Korean Memorial

Korean Memorial
 

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial
 

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial
 

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

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4/11/17

We began our day with a terrific visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, our national immigration museum. We then enjoyed lunch and shopping in Little Italy and Chinatown. We headed back downtown for a walking tour of lower Manhattan, including the Charging Bull statue, Trinity Church, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, and the Brooklyn Bridge. We also paid our respects at the National 9/11 Memorial. The grand finale was a trip up to the top of One World Trade Center for a view of the lights of New York City from 1300 feet up in the air. It was the perfect finish to a great day!

 

Liberty Park and the Statue of Liberty

Ferry to the Statue of Libery
Liberty State Park
Statue of Liberty

 

Ice cream in Chinatown

Ice cream in Chinatown
 

Wall Street Charging Bull

Wall Street Charing Bull
 

Federal Hall

Federal Hall
Federal Hall
 

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge
 

9/11 Memorial

9 11 Memorial
 

Oculus at the World Trade Center

Oculus at the World Trade Center

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4/9/17

We began our day in Boston with a fun breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe. From there we checked out the historic USS Constitution, the oldest ship in the U.S. Navy, also known as Old Ironsides. Next up was lunch in Harvard Square, followed by a tour through Harvard University and MIT. Then it was back into historic Boston to walk the Freedom Trail, where we saw Fanueil Hall, Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church, the Boston Common, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the Old South meeting house where the Boston Tea Party began. It was an amazing and beautiful day in one of America's great cities. Tomorrow we are on to New York!

 

Hotel view

Hotel view panorama
 

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe

 

Boston street

Boston street scene

 

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

 

Site of the Boston Massacre
Site of the Boston Massacre
 

Harvard Yard

Harvard Yard
 

M.I.T.

M.I.T.
M.I.T.
M.I.T.
 

Paul Revere Statue and Old North Church

Paul Revere Statue
Paul Revere Statue
Old North Church
 

Uno Pizza

Uno Pizza

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4/8/17

We arrived late afternoon in Boston. Our first stops were Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. We had dinner at the Market, where some of us tried local dishes like clam chowder. We are now checked into our hotel and ready for some rest after a long day of traveling.

 

Traveling in style

On the coach
 

Faneuil Hall

Having out at Faneuil Hall

 

Quincy Market

Quincy Market
Quincy Market

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