DAY 1

So officially, day 1 was yesterday. Although I wouldn’t really class it as a full day! 

We didn’t actually land in the states until 3pm local time (8pm the time we are use to). We arrived at our hotel at around 9pm (2am UK time). In another post I will review the tour operator we are using, where I will also explain why it took so long to get to the hotel! 

LHR to JFK
LHR to JFK

But onto the official Day 1…

We woke up bright and early, 5:45am to be precise. We ate breakfast in bed, checked out of our hotel, which was situated just outside New York, and hopped onto the tour bus to join the first leg of our tour! 

Today’s first stop was Philadelphia!

It took about an hour and a half from our hotel. So definitely check it out if you are in and around New York! 

We had free time to explore some of the famous sights such as the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell! 

Independence Hall, Philadelphia
Independence Hall, Philadelphia

The city itself was green and industrial all mixed into one. There were fabulous green parks around the Independence Hall, although not so far in the distance was also a striking skyline of grey and glass buildings.

Next we made our way to Washington DC…

We arrived here just after lunch time and were dropped just outside of the Air and Space museum. 

Jeremy and I split from the group to explore for ourselves as we had been here in June last year! 

We grabbed a couple of Bagels and ate our picnic overlooking the Capitol Building on the National Mall green. 

Capitol Building, Washington DC
Capitol Building, Washington DC

Shortly after we went for a closer look at the Capitol Building and envied the ducks swimming on the water just in front. It was a blisteringly hot day today, at least by my UK standards! 

We soon sought after a break from the sun and so, we headed into the botanical gardens! This was one of my favourites from last year and seeing it today reminded me why! 

Botanic Gardens, Washington DC
Botanic Gardens, Washington DC

It feels like utter tranquility in there, like walking into a spa almost, just a lot more beautiful! The water features and flowers are incredible. Check it out if your going to DC! 

We then made our way around other famous sights such as the White House

The White House, Washington DC
The White House, Washington DC

They must have been on high security today as unfortunately we couldn’t get half as close as we did last year!

Directly behind the White House is the Washington Monument. I learnt today that none of the buildings in Washington are allowed to be built higher than it! What an icon! 

The Monument, Washington DC
The Monument, Washington DC

From there we headed down to the Lincoln Memorial. I personally find this monument the most impressive out of everything in Washington! Nothing quite prepares you for what you see when you get to the top of the steps.

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

It is truly breathtaking! I can’t even begin to imagine the work that went into creating something so detailed on that scale! 

From the Lincoln memorial steps we were lucky enough to see the solar eclipse. We borrowed some of the specially required glasses which gave us the chance to see it in its full glory! I have never seen anything like it in my life, and maybe never will again as its such a rare event!

Not far from the Lincoln memorial you will find the Korean War memorial. Here I learnt some of the devastating figures of those left dead, missing and injured because of the conflict. 

After that it started to rain. And it rained hard! You haven’t seen rain until you’ve been to the states. It went from clear skies and sweltering sun to thunder and lightning in a matter of minutes! 

Crazy weather in Washington DC
Crazy weather in Washington DC

We retreated back to the bus and that’s were I write to you from now. 

We are currently heading to our new hotel which I have been told is in Pennsylvania. 

This seems like a sensible place to stay the night as it get us much closer to tomorrow’s destination- Niagara Falls! 

I can’t wait to see the Falls! 

Please stay tuned on my blog and Instagram were I will be sharing more and more about our East Coast and Canadian adventure! 

Thanks for reading 

Abbie- Fitter4Travel 

P.S. This is my first time writing posts like these. So please leave comments down below to let me know what you would like to know about each of the places I am visiting! 

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