TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES - PART 2
Blog post by Lauren Feldkamp
1. Visit Baltimore, Maryland:
This is a city that is rich in history. If you do nothing else here, be sure to explore the Inner Harbor.
Back in the Revolutionary War Days, the highlight of the harbor was Fort McHenry, which will forever be famous as the birthplace of our national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner, yet in modern day, there is also a wide array of places to shop and eat while you take a walk through history!
You can explore the Civil War era warship USS Constellation, or for a treat that is sure to please visitors of all ages, take a stroll through the National Aquarium to get up close and personal with everything from sharks and dolphins to seal, puffins and jellyfish! Looking for something a little more eccentric?
The original master of macabre, Edgar Allen Poe is buried here, and you can take a moment to pay your respects at his gravesite as well as visiting his former home!
âLocal legend states that the writerâs phantom footsteps can be heard walking up and down the street late at night, so be sure to keep a look-out!
2. Visit Charlottesville, Virginia
While the town itself is absolutely gorgeous, stocked with multiple places to shop and eat, the true gem of the area is Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, located just a short distance outside of the city limits.
Here, you have the chance to walk in the former president's footsteps, touring not only his home but the very grounds that he lived and worked upon.
At the end of your journey, be sure to pay your respects to Jefferson by stopping at his grave.
While you are in the area, be sure to stop for lunch at Michie Tavern, which offers a delicious dining experience set up to make you feel as though you have been transported back into the 18th century!
3. Visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Of course, while you are here, you simply must indulge in a Philly Cheesesteak, a simple concoction of shaved steak, grilled onions and cheese all piled high onto a toasted hoagie roll.
4. Visit Washington D.C.
Located in the District of Colombia, the capital of the United States has a huge variety of places to visit and things to see!
Of course, you will want to walk past the iconic White House and explore Capitol Hill, but keep in mind that there are also a number of absolutely astounding museums to explore as well!
Unless you are spending a few days here, you will not be able to see them all, so if you must pick and choose, be sure to make time to fully explore the National Museum of Natural History as well as the National Museum of American History.
Washington, D.C. has a number of incredible monuments as well, including the impressive Lincoln Memorial as well as the sobering Vietnam Veteran's Wall.
5. Visit Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
For an absolutely unforgettable experience, hop in the car and set out to conquer the Skyline Drive, which affords over one hundred miles of absolutely spectacular scenery showcasing the Blueridge Mountains.
There are a number of lookouts that afford gorgeous views along the way, as well as plentiful visitor stations that will provide you with information regarding the area's history.
âWhile this drive is all but guaranteed to take you past some of the local wildlife, such as black bear and deer, be sure to view these animals from your car only.
6. Visit Williamsburg, Virginia
The best way to explain this place is to liken it to an intellectual amusement park.
While there are no rides to partake in, you have the opportunity to experience colonial life first hand as you wander through a historic village complete with guided tours of the church, jail, town meeting hall and other infamous places!
Colonial Williamsburg is a treat for people of all ages, as you can visit with all sorts of characters, including real-life cobblers repairing shoes as well as weavers, candlemakers and plenty more!
âBe sure to plan a full day here, as you will want to thoroughly explore everything the town has to offer!