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Old 05-23-2010, 12:59 PM
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Hello All,

We are a married 40something Californian couple who would like to explore East Coast of US this July, 2010 for 10 to 14 days. We love good authentic local food, enjoy adventures and are capable of adjusting ourselves quickly to changes/surprises. We are thinking of flying to Washington D.C. and make our way up to New York by car/bus/train/metro. We would like to visit many famous places along the way and this is where we would like your help.

Any suggestion for amazing local dishes to savor, awe-struck sights to wonder and budget friendly shelter will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-23-2010, 01:47 PM
Location: Bangor Maine
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If you are going to DC I suggest at least 3 days there. The museums and monuments are wonderful and there are many ethnic restaurants. Do a bit of reasearch on line to get more familiar with the area. It's best to not pick up your rental car til you are done in DC. The metro there is great, easy to use, clean and will take you anywhere you want to go. It depends where your interests lie as to what you will enjoy the most. I loved seeing the Library of Congress. It is beautiful, and the oldest public buildings there. It is just a very sort walk from the Capitol. If you are in the area of the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, the Millenium Theater there has a free performance every night at 6. It is one of my favorite cities. We thought of going this spring but waited to long to make our plane reservations and the connections available were not great so instead we are heading to NYC on Thursday for 4 nights. If you are flying into National (DCA) you can easily take the Meto to near where you are staying - many of the hotels in Crystal City and Pentagon city will pick you up free. Arlington National Cemetery is easy to get to by Metro as well. I have an uncle and an aunt burried there. You may want to stagger your sightseeing between the indoor and outdoor activities as July can be brutally hot in DC and in NYC.

As for NYC - last May we went and loved seeing the show "Phantom of the Opera", South Street Seaport area - from which you can take the "free" Staten Island ferry. Also enjoyed Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For all Broadway shows you go to TKTS for last minute, same day performances. Get there at 10 for tickets to the afternoon shows, which I believe are on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. For the evening shows I think they start selling at 2. This trip we are going to try to see "A Little Night Music" or perhaps "The Adams Family".

Much of the information you would need on either of these cities is on line.

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Old 06-26-2010, 10:52 AM
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Hello Newdaawn,

Thank you for replying. We will be staying at Crystal City as suggested. From there, we will get to D.C by metro. Capitol, monuments, memorials and of course Smithsonian museums are places that we plan to visit while we are at the capital. For NYC, we got a place right in the middle of Manhattan for 3 nights so we will be doing lots of sight-seeing around there. We also bought the City-Pass to save some time spent at waiting!

We would like to see "Lion King" but will have to see if I get any decent prices for them!
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:09 AM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Dollar saving item. Dont Pick up the rental car at the aiport in DC Most car rental will deliver to your hotel, and you dont have to pay all the airport taxes & fees, Look for a 1 way rental and drop the car in NYC.

Head out of DC there a 2nd air/space museum next to dulles airport 2-3h to see it. Head up to Bal, maybe naval acc in annap, to Philly liberty bell, Ind Hall (1 day) valley forge 1/2 day, Up in scranton is the US National train park. Steamtown , head to NYC, dump car, do NYC stuff via subways/cabs. take bus There are many Different bus companies so are on street pickup and are cheap, The name brands bus run from port auth bus term. to boston do boston stuff, fly home.
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:13 AM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Broadway Tix: in times sq the sell tix for that nights shows at deep discount. Discount Broadway Tickets Free TV Show Tickets in New York
PS to tour the capital, white house you need tix (free) ahead of time. you need to order them from your congersman office, check his/her websites for the link to request them.
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