This year we wanted to do something differently and chose the East Coast visiting five out of the six states in New England (Vermont being the one we missed out on). And it was like we had been transferred to England, as most names seemed as if they had been taken straight from an English map. When we drove into Pennsylvania almost no name was similar to an English one.
We visited Cape Cod and the pride of Massachusetts, Boston. We liked Boston a lot, and Quincy Market with its many stands with food was simply a delight. We also saw the place for the Boston Tea Party of 1773. After some days it was time for Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, where the North won a resounding victory. We had a battlefield tour with a man who arranged us in small groups so that we could understand the tactics of 1863. We also visited Dwight D. Eisenhower's home near the battlefield. Before that we stayed a night in Amish country.
Washington D.C. was also on the itinerary. My favorite monument on the National Mall is the Jeffereson Memorial which we took in during a hot walk . The Lincoln Memorial is also truly wonderful, so we hung out with Abraham Lincoln for a while. After Washington we headed for Annapolis in Maryland and Dover and Wilmington in Delaware. Philadelphia was also part of the journey so we walked for some hours in the city center and saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross (the first flagmaker), and the grave of Benjamin Franklin.
The last stop of our Journey was New York with its monumental One World Trade Center. We got up to the top and had a magnificent view of New York from up there. We were also able to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty with unusual views of New York. We stayed at our favorite hotel once again, Club Quarters at World Trade Center. We could also have breakfast in our favorite store, Variety Market.
We were 16 days in the USA, from June 20 to July 6 2016.