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Old 05-06-2012, 05:10 AM
 
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Hi

I am planning a vacation in July for 10 Days including the Independence day

I am looking to a city where i can

1- Find Great Beaches
2- Go fishing and boating in a Lake or River
3- Find Trips for Wild Safari in Mountains / Forests
4- Find great Parks and Museums
5- Can find a great independence festivals

hich cities within 3 hours from NYC can provide that
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:33 AM
 
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I'd recommend Washington DC for it's parks and museums as well as the best July 4th celebration, though it's closer to 4 hours from NYC. DC is two hours from the nice beaches in Delaware and an hour and a half from the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. Have fun!

Fourth of July Fireworks 2012 in the Washington DC Area
Smithsonian
The Skipjack Minnie V. from the Potomac Riverboat Company
Driving Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park
Delaware Beaches - Lewes Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Fenwick Island
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Perhaps a Boston/Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket trip in Massachusetts could work.

Maybe a Saratoga Springs/Lake George/Glens Falls/Ticonderoga trip in Upstate NY may work as well. Cooperstown is another Upstate NY locale that may work.

A Philadelphia/Poconos/Atlantic City/Jersey Shore trip may be an option as well.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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Don't know about a wild safari on the east coast of the USA, but It sounds like Boston/coastal would be for you. You are close enough to skip up into NH or Maine, hit the beaches just about anywhere along the way, Boston is a clean, beautiful city in summer with great history, musuems, etc., and there are definitely 4th of July events going on. You're close enough to drive inland a bit and hit some great lakes/rivers. You can drive up into NH and go to Mt. Washington if you're really adventurous, but you pretty much have a ton at your disposal within a reasonable drive. Boston metro is walkable and they have a great subway system.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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Hi

I am planning a vacation in July for 10 Days including the Independence day

I am looking to a city where i can

1- Find Great Beaches
2- Go fishing and boating in a Lake or River
3- Find Trips for Wild Safari in Mountains / Forests
4- Find great Parks and Museums
5- Can find a great independence festivals

hich cities within 3 hours from NYC can provide that

Boston would be a good choice. Great museums, walkable and compact city. Close to great beaches down on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and both the south and north shores. The Cape offers nice fishing opportunities, especially deep sea fishing.

The 4th of July celebration in Boston is top notch. The Pops and a special musical guest perform, the fireworks on the Charles are a nice site.

For national parks, you have the Cape Cod National Seashore, Lowell Historic National Park, the Boston Harbor Islands and several within a reasonable drive in Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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At some point in your life, you should consider visiting the place where where all this July 4 hoopla started in 1776 - Philadelphia. The city naturally puts on a first class celebration (http://www.visitphilly.com/c/july-4th-in-philadelphia/), and has many fine parks and museums, which also seems to be of interest to you. Additionally, within two hours, you can reach the NJ and Delware beaches as well as the Pocono Mountains.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Definitely Boston. New England is wonderful in the summer. The Chesapeake/DC area is great too, but it's very hot and humid in July.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My opinion? I'd never go to a city for a vacation.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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Perhaps a Boston/Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket trip in Massachusetts could work.

Maybe a Saratoga Springs/Lake George/Glens Falls/Ticonderoga trip in Upstate NY may work as well. Cooperstown is another Upstate NY locale that may work.

A Philadelphia/Poconos/Atlantic City/Jersey Shore trip may be an option as well.
Each year I go to Martha's Vineyard for a week or so and also spend many weekends on the Jersey Shore. Both are great options.

I like the Poconos, but for summer I prefer the waterfront. I'd love to check out Maine and the Canadian Maritimes sometime in the near future as well.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: New York
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OP, will you have a car?

If so, i think you might like going around Long Island. There are beautiful beaches in the Northshore, you can go fishing at Jones Beach and I'm pretty sure there are huge independence festivals in the Hamptons (which I'm sure you'll also love) - it's very much like a suburbia of NYC, just less...crowded and more pleasant? LI is a great place to ditch the crowds in NYC if you're looking forward to that.
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