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.
Library of Congress
Eleanor Roosevelt statue
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
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.
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
Ice cream in Chinatown
Wall Street Charging Bull
Oculus at the World Trade Center
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!
Hard Rock Cafe
Site of the Boston Massacre
Paul Revere Statue and Old North Church
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.
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