Prior to our arrival in the US, my friend Beanne and her husband Mark planned a roadtrip for us. The four of us planned to go to Philadelphia, Washington D.C. , and Baltimore. But since we have another friends coming over, we decided to wait for them to arrive so all of us can go together.
First stop: Philadelphia!
We spent a whole day in Philadelphia which is only an hour and 40 minutes away from New York. We went to the famous tourist destinations in Philly; the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
Liberty Bell became as an iconic symbol for the American’s independence located in Pennsylvania. This huge cracked bell is located at the tower of Pennsylvania State House that is now known as the Independence Hall. The bell is cast with a famous scripture from the bible that says “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Lev. 25:10)
Location: N 6th St. & Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
The Independence hall became recognizable because in the Assembly Room is where George Washington was declared as the commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775. They also declared the independence (hence the name) of the United States in the same room on July 4, 1776.
The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day tickets are not necessary and are open for everyone to tour around. They even extended the operating hours of the hall for 2 more hours.
The tickets are free and you can get them at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit. If you wish to get tickets ahead of time, you can get them at www.recreation.gov .There is a $1.50/ticket reservation fee. Remember: there are only limited number of tickets so make sure to come early but if you fail to do so, you may visit again the next day.
Daily: 9am – 5pm
June 24- Sept. 4: 9am – 7pm
Location: 520 Chestnut Street ,19106 Philadelphia , PA
After the whole day exploring we went to the Reading Market for late lunch (which I will further discuss in my food blog).
After our late lunch, we went straight to Washington. It was a two and a half hour drive, once we arrived, we went out for dinner then went to Marriott to check-in then went straight to bed since we were all very tired.
The next day, we went to the place where the president of the United States lives and work; The White House. The White House has been the place for the president to stay in since 1800 in John Adams’ time.
Unfortunately, when we visited there is a barricade at that time that restricted us to go further to the fence like on the normal days. Sadly, we didn’t capture the White House closer.
Location:1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA
Since the White House is the home of the president and his family then the Capitol Building is the home of the United States Congress.
The Capitol offers free tours for the public which is really cool. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to see the beautiful and iconic architectures, so we just decided to stroll outside and enjoy the view.
Location: East Capitol St. NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004
The Lincoln Memorial is basically where the monument of the 16th president of the United States was placed. It is 190 feet long, 100 feet high, and 119 feet wide and surrounded by 36 fluted Doric columns, one for each states they have at the time of Lincoln’s death. Abraham Lincoln was horribly assassinated in April 1865.
Location: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037
Besides its historic beauty and tree lined neighborhood, Georgetown is famous for it’s delectable restaurant, clothing shops, and deluxe hotels. Our day was spent roaming around and checking out the shops.
If you’re not a shopping type of person, there are a lot of things you can do in here. You can tour around the 18th and 19th century mansions, or if you’re a foodie there are a lot of food stops in the area that serves great meals. Some locals even suggest cycling and kayaking around the city.
At night, we just ate dinner and went back to the hotel to take some rest and prepare ourselves for another trip to Baltimore.
Going back to Baltimore makes me feel nostalgic because I used to be here all the time during my flying days. I even remember touring my new workmates around. In Maryland, Baltimore is one of their famous cities and also the largest. It is also considered as the biggest independent city in the United States.
A few years ago when I was still flying, we used to stop over Baltimore for almost every three weeks. I can definitely say that i know this city by heart. It’s also nice to be back here now together with my friends and my husband. By lunch time, we went to Dick’s Last Resort (which I will further discuss in my food blog).
After lunch, we went to see the famous Inner Harbor, a historic seaport and a popular tourist destination. It is the major landmark in the city of Baltimore. We walked around for a few hours then went back to New York.
Location: The Power Plant 621 E Pratt St. Ste 100, Baltimore, MD 21202
I just want to thank my friends for being kind enough for clearing out their busy schedules just to take us on a roadtrip. They’re such a great host for even driving and touring us around. This roadtrip is such a nice way for us to catch up and to create new memories together. We indeed had an amazing time!