My family and I (son 14 Daughter 5) will be traveling from
Orlando to Toronto via DC & NYC allowing aprox 3 weeks. Is this doable and what are the good places to see. We want to see all the usual things in DC & NYC its all the in between states we don’t know much about. Will the driving be o.k. through the Appalachian mtns or is there a better and cheaper place to go skiing.
Look forward to your reply
Things to do in Washington D.C.:
A] “Must see” Tourist Attractions of Washington D.C.
a) White House
b) Jefferson Memorial: A beautiful memorial along the banks of the Potomac. It is walkable from the Smithsonian train station. It is by far one of the most charming spots in the city. Definitely one of those places to catch a sunset.
c) Lincoln Memorial/Reflecting Pool - If you have watched Forrest Gump, this will ring a bell.
d) Smithsonian Air and Space Museum - pick your exhibits as soon as you enter. The front desk has an exhibit map. Don’t try and hit everything in the museum. It is unrealistic and will probably get boring.
e) International Spy Museum - This is the only museum that does NOT have free admission. It is definitely a worthwhile visit. The nearest metro stop is Gallery Pl Chinatown.
f) Capitol Hill/Supreme Court
g) Modern Art Gallery (Go here only if there is a good exhibit. Modern art can be a hit-and-miss situation.)
B] Other attractions of Washington D.C.:
a) Georgetown: Georgetown offers a dramatic contrast to the politically charged atmosphere of downtown Washington D.C. The concentration of activity is on “M” street - a street that runs right through the heart of Georgetown. It is home to trendy boutiques, stores, artsy joints, and fancy restaurants. The food in these restaurants is not the most interesting. I truly recommend a walk down “M” street. “K” street is a parallel street to “M” street and runs alongside the banks of the Potomac river. Get to the intersection of “31st street” and “K” street. It should be right next to the Loews movie theater. Right opposite the movie theater is the Potomac waterfront. It has a fabulous and vibrant atmosphere - especially in the evenings. People chilling on their boats, youngsters mingling at the open-air bar right next to “Sequoia” restaurant, street performers and sometimes acapella groups. A great place for a social outing.
b) Dupont Circle: Another part of town brimming with life and bustling with activity. It mirrors the street-side café culture of Europe in every way. Trendy, quaint and unconventional stores lie side by side. It is one of those places where you take your time and let life in the area soak into you.
c) Eastern Market: A great spot for a Saturday late morning/afternoon. There is a farmers’ market here, along with street vendors selling interesting stuff. It is extremely popular with both locals as well as tourists. Grab brunch at “Bread and Chocolate” - a popular restaurant nestled in the heart of the market.
Hope this helps.
You didn't say when you were going, but the driving should be fine. Lots of people do very similar drives every year, and there are a number of guidebooks that might be useful for you to pick up that will list hotels, restaurants and attractions along the way. As an example, there's this one: Drive I-95. There's even this site: I95 online that includes both tons of information and a forum.
We will be travelling this time next year.