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A trip to New York City should include a visit to the 9/11 Memorial which honors those whose lives were lost on that fateful day in 2001 as well as the victims of the 1993 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993. The Memorial is a simple yet powerful statement, evoking m... more

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Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is reputed to be the greatest place to learn about dinosaurs. The museum exhibits more than more than 30 different species, about half of which are the full skeletal remains. The academy has much more to offer than ... more

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The Adirondacks, only a little north of Saratoga Springs and accessed easily from I-87, are without doubt a very special part of New York State. Located in the northeast corner of the state and covering more than 6 million acres, the Adirondacks offer travelers the opportunity to enjoy the moun... more

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The Adirondacks Museum, a compound of buildings, galleries, and exhibit halls, is thought of as the Smithsonian Museum of the Adirondacks. It is unfortunately open only from Memorial Day to mid-October but it is well worth a visit to see the boat museum, homes built in the finest Adirondack st... more

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A world-class art museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is located in Buffalo. Its holdings of contemporary and modern art are extensive but there are also smaller collections of Asian, European, and Greek art and sculpture. Foremost in the collections are the works of American abstract expres... more

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Also worthy of a visit north of Plattsburgh, in the small town of Chazy is the Alice T. Miner Museum, whose collections are wider and more eclectic that one can possibly imagine. Alice Miner’s husband, William, bought and remodeled an old building, which became the museum, to house her colle... more

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The Alice Water’s Glimmerglass Opera (607-547-5704), to the north of Cooperstown on the edge of the Lake Otsego, affords a spectacular backdrop of lake and mountain for its high quality. seasonal opera concerts. ... more

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American History Museum (The Smithsonian): Everything you ever wanted to know about America’s past seems to be displayed here. Objects range from the original Star Spangled Banner to Archie Bunker’s chair. It’s a fabulous collection with some highlights being the first ladies&... more

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A monumental museum focusing on all aspects of natural history, a fabulous museum for children.... more

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After visiting the region and many of the advertised locales, we found the Amish Country Homestead by far the best and the most comprehensive and rewarding in terms of a glimpse and understanding of the Amish. Located between the charming towns of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse on Route 340, the ... more

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The Amish Farm and House create an educational living museum giving a glimpse into the history and still daily lives of the Amish living in Lancaster County. There are a number of demonstrations, from quilts to wood carvings, displaying the activities of the Amish. The Amish Village in Strasbu... more

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The Amish Village of Strasburg is one of the fine examples of an exhibit allowing a better understanding and appreciation of the Amish Culture. It affords a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of the Amish. Located on 12 scenic acres, visitors are able to tour an authentic Amish property, ... more

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A side trip worth taking is that to Sharpsburg and the Antietam National Battlefield Site (Route 34 west from I-70 or Route 65 south from Hagerstown). It is here that the Union forces under the command of General George McClellan met those of General Robert E. Lee and turned back their attempt ... more

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In the town of Clayton is the Antique Boat Museum, in which are displayed some 150 of the freshwater boats that plied the waters of the area. The museum is much more than a collection of old water craft as classes from seamanship to boat building, regattas and a host of other activities are hel... more

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Appomattox is the site of the famous Civil War battle where General Robert E. Lee became surrounded by the armies of the North and surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on behalf of the South. Lee’s surrender on Palm Sunday (April 9), 1865, at Appomattox Court House signaled the end of the ... more

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Take the Tourmobile to the Virginia side of Memorial Bridge to Arlington National Cemetery. The most stirring sight, apart from the graves of President John F. Kennedy and his family, is Open April – September daily 8 am – 7 pm, rest of year daily 8 am – 5 pm.the Tomb of the U... more

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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (The Smithsonian): Magnificent ancient Chinese paintings, bronzes, and jade carvings collected by Arthur Sackler and generously given to the nation. An underground corridor connects to the adjacent museum of African Art.... more

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Eight miles south of Ocean City on Route 611 is the northern end of Assateague Island National Seashore. This 37-mile-long narrow spit of land is a wildlife refuge and also the home of the Chincoteague ponies. The National Park Service has a visitors’ center where you may obtain information o... more

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Railway historians will relish a visit to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum with its meticulously restored trains and where visitors can actually board an historic train and travel the first few miles of the first passenger rail ever laid.... more

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Ideally located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, The Baltimore Maritime Museum refers to the historic ships (the USS Constellation, the USCGC Taney and the lightship, Chesapeake), a submarine (USS Torsk) and a lighthouse (Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse). Very distinctive, the lighthouse is sure to c... more

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The Baltimore Museum of Art on Art Museum Drive at Charles Street at 31st Street (three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the neighborhood of Charles Village), features a permanent collection of more than 120,000 works of art including 20th century art by such painters as Matisse, Pi... more

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Don’t miss the Barnegat Lighthouse, a fun choice for some exercise as you climb its 217 steps for the commanding view from the top.... more

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Batsto Village, northwest of Atlantic City on Route 542, is a 19th-century rural industrial town with a visitors’ center that explains the history of the glass and iron industries that began here in the 18th century. The tour includes a visit to the 36-room Italianate mansion built in 187... more

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading from the center of the city was modeled after the Champs Elysées in Paris. It stretches from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the beginning of Fairmont Park. Within this area there are many worthwhile places to visit, including: Cathed... more

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The Berkshire Region of Massachussets is a wealth of history, beauty and culture. This area was once the location for the summer mansions of the wealthy. Today, museums, art, dance and music such as that heard at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, dot the area. The county is al... more

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Betsy Ross House: The home of Betsy Ross, the Quaker seamstress who made the first Stars and Stripes flag, is well worth a brief visit for the legends that are now associated with the role of the flag in our country’s history. (239 Arch Street, 215-686-1252)... more

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Just to the west of the historical suburbs and countryside of northern Virginia you come to the beginning of the mountainous region of this state (I-66 west or Route 50 west to I-81 south or the more leisurely Route 11 south). The ridge that lies along the western edge of Virginia and the easte... more

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This park and monument are fitting tributes to Booker T. Washington, considered the most influential African American of his time. The park is located at the farm where he was born as a slave.... more

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Boscobel gives us an example of the finest of American Federal architecture, interiors, and furniture whose contents have been meticulously assembled to show the influence of the period of the Adam style. Of particular note is the freestanding stairway in the front hall—the grace of this ... more

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The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford is located in a converted Civil War grist mill. The museum focuses on the artwork of the Wyeth family—probably the most noted of all artistic families in America. The works of N. C. Wyeth his son Andrew, and in turn his son Jamie are hung here in... more

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Traveling a little farther, southwest of Philadelphia on Route 1 you will find yourself in the Brandywine Valley. This area in the southeast corner of the state abutting Delaware has a rich history, starting with the arrival in 1682 of William Penn, and offers many attractions including lovely ... more

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The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban wildlife park in the United States. With award-winning exhibits, The Bronx Zoo features over 4,000 animals and a diversity that can't be found anywhere else.... more

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of New York's most treasured natural spaces. A tour through Brooklyn Botanic Garden, no matter what time of year, will be a wonderful experience full of color, fragrance, beauty, and design.... more

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Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Begun in 1870 and completed in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge was until 1903 the longest suspension bridge in the world.  It is the worlds first steel wire bridge. Walking across this bridge is one of the real treats of a visit to New York.... more

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The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures.... more

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is full of historical charm and conveniently close to Philadelphia. Our suggested routing begins in this delightful area, extends your journey along the Delaware River as it winds its way north, and ends in the Pocono Mountains. Each segment of the trip is different ... more

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Nicknamed the "Niagara of Pennsylvania", Bushkill Falls is created as the waters of the Bushkill and Pond River Creeks rush through a rock canyon creating eight falls.... more

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Sports fans should disembark at Camden Yards which is also referred to as Camden Station. One of the longest continuously-operated terminals in the United States, the station is immediately across from the entry to Camden Yards—home to the Baltimore Orioles and just up from the M&T Bank S... more

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If you are a sports fan you will be pleased to know that Camden Yards, home to the Orioles is in close proximity to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.... more

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The Cape May County Historical Society Museum is worth a quick visit. The museum gives a look at the architectural history of the building as well as a glimpse into the lives of the house's previous owners. ... more

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The Cape May Point State Park and the Cape May Lighthouse are also interesting attractions to visit. The lighthouse is the third one erected at this location and is open for touring.... more

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While many birds make the Cape May Point home year-round the area is reknowned for viewing migratory birds in the spring and fall. Dragonflies and Monarch Butterflies also pass by the park on their southern migration.The lighthouse is the third to have been built in the existing location as st... more

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Soon you arrive in the granddaddy of all the summer shore communities, Cape May, now popular year-round. Difficult as it is to imagine, in the early 1800s holidaymakers came to Cape May to wade in the ocean waters in woolen clothing. By the middle of the 19th century Cape May had become the cou... more

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Albany, the state capital, sits on the Hudson River in central New York and was in its earliest years the gateway to western New York, traveling the Erie Canal to the Great Lakes. The Capitol Building looks for all the world like a château and the grand and large plazas in front of it ser... more

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The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, erected along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is an Italian Renaissance-style cathedral built for the Irish Catholic immigrants who came to settle in Philadelphia. This magnificient cathedral was built in 1864 using the Lombard Church of St. Charles in Rom... more

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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is a Gothic-style cathedral of enormous proportions. It is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. ... more

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Among the things to do in the area is to climb to the site of the Catskill Mountain House, long since gone, from where you can enjoy incredible vistas made famous by artists of the 19th century. Built in 1824, high above the valley, perched upon the cliffs, the Mountain House was one of the mag... more

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Appropriately located in the museum district of Richmond, the Virginia Historical Museum proudly displays artifacts that give insight into the history of Virginia - from gold buttons worn by Pocahontas to Patrick Henry’s eye glasses; from an electric streetcar to a late nineteenth-century h... more

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Central Park, New York

A spectacular swath of green comprising some 843 acres located between 59th and 110th Streets and between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. Within the park are ponds, lakes, trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, carriage rides, and an ice-skating rink (used for roller skating in th... more

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Chautauqua County to the south of Buffalo is largely farm country. What has given it an international reputation is the Chautauqua Institution, to which politicians come to learn and to teach, and at which concerts are held each summer for a nine-week period. As many as 7,500 students come to a... more

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