In this issue:
- New York - the city that never sleeps
- Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the East Coast
- U.S. Capital
- Special Travel Deals and Discounts
Welcome to the March, 2009, issue of USATourist News Magazine. This month we're heading to the Atlantic Coast of the United States and highlighting several areas worth considering if you are planning a road trip. The nice thing about the East Coast is the close proximity of the various states and their attractions. You can see a lot more in a shorter amount of time than other areas in the USA. The locations we're highlighting today are only a handful of the cities worth considering.
New York - the city that never sleeps
New York, New York is always a top destination for USA tourists and for many good reasons. The city offers everything: fantastic restaurants, hopping nightlife, endless shopping, and familiar attractions such as Broadway plays, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. Chinatown is always a favorite stop of mine. You can find delicious fare at authentic Chinese restaurants and terrific bargains. In fact, the Foods of New York recently launched a new Chinatown tour. Plan to spend several days in the city if you can - there is so much to do and you don't want to feel rushed.
NYC Tip: If you are flying into one of the three New York City area airports and plan to explore several cities, consider sightseeing in New York by foot and public transportation and then pick up your rental car when departing the city. Parking is expensive in New York and the traffic is crazy. Plus everywhere you will want to visit is reachable via bus or subway.
One memorable way to experience New York City is taking a helicopter tour. Liberty Helicopter provides a variety of tours, which depart throughout the day, seven days a week. The flights are reasonably priced and depart from a convenient location along the Hudson River. For more information and online reservations, visit our page for Liberty Helicopter. www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/affiliates/libertyhelicoptertours/liberty-helicopter-tours-main.html
In Atlantic City you can play on the beach by day and play in the casinos at night.
If you follow the USATourist Blog - written by Mike Leco - you may have read the post about New York City Hotels. Mike offers some great tips on how to find desirable hotels: (link removed)
Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the East Coast
Atlantic City is a much quainter (and older) version of Las Vegas. Located 60 miles east of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 115 miles south of New York City, eleven casinos comprise the Atlantic City gaming world. Hotel rooms overlook the Atlantic Coasts' famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, which recently received a $100 million face-lift, and is lined with restaurants and shops including famed Fralinger's Saltwater Taffy, which has "sea air and sunshine in every box."
Atlantic City has plenty of other attractions besides gaming, such as The Atlantic City Historical Museum and Art Center on Garden Pier, the Absecon Lighthouse and the Atlantic City Aquarium. And, don't forget to hunt down 1881 Lucy the Elephant.
Annapolis, Maryland sits on Chesapeake Bay, at the mouth of the Severn River south of Baltimore and east of Washington, D.C. The best way to spend a day in Annapolis is strolling the town streets and shops, dining at a local seafood restaurant, and taking an evening sail. Annapolis's design is European-inspired with roundabouts and brick pavers, which only add to the town's charm. The majestic Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol building in the United States. It opened in 1779, served as the U.S. Capitol from 1783-84, and has remained in continuous legislative use. Its wooden dome was designed by colonial architect Joseph Clark and is the oldest and largest of its kind in the country.
Four signers of the Declaration of Independence lived in Annapolis and today three of their four homes are open to the public: William Paca House & Gardens, Chase-Lloyd House, and Hammond-Harwood House.
The U.S. Naval Academy is located in Annapolis, founded in 1845. I highly recommend a guided walking tour of the campus. http://www.usna.edu/visit.htm
The area has various inns and hotels but you will notice prices soar during the fall when football season is in full swing.
Annapolis is a town rich in U.S. Colonial History as well as Maritime History.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. Tourists are always amazed at the number of free attractions D.C. has to offer. Some examples of admission-free attractions are: U.S. Botanic Garden, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, U.S. Holocaust Museum, National Zoo, and National Postal Museum, the largest stamp museum in the world.
There are, of course, numerous monuments and memorials across the city, some of the most famous being President Washington Monument, Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin Roosevelt Memorials, Iwo Jima, Vietnam, and African-American Civil War Memorials, and, across the Potomac River, Arlington National Cemetery.
You can find some hotel suggestions here. www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/washingtondc/washington-dc-accommodations.html
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is located about two hours west of Washington, D.C., and is known for the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Robert E. Lee, crossed the Mason-Dixon Line and invaded southeastern Pennsylvania in July, 1863. The advance turned into a bloody three-day battle, resulting in over 51,000 casualties, North and South. It was only a few months later that President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous speech, now known as the Gettysburg Address.
Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 6,000 soldiers, 1,632 of them unidentified. The Annual Gettysburg Reenactment on the battlefield is one of the largest events of the year. If you would like to attend, make your hotel reservations early. There are several lodging and camping options in the area.
Special Travel Deals and Discounts
The Korean War Memorial is one of the many sights that are free in Washington D.C.
Admission to over 40 of New York City's best attractions: New York Pass
Book your New York activities at Expedia.com and see the sights.
The Washington DC Power Pass - The sightseeing pass with popular DC Attractions, Museums and Tours included!
Annapolis City Safari Segway Tour - The two hour city safari begins with an indoor training session followed by street training in a secluded location. The tour then proceeds past historic locations including William Paca House, St John's College and the Maryland State House, founded in 1649 . You will then travel through to West Street, past the Banneker Douglas Museum, the Court House and City Hall over to St Mary's Church. The tour concludes with a ride around City Dock and Market Place.
Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair
All photos by Mike Leco © USATourist.com.
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