Just got back from a nice long vacation. We spent two weeks on the East coast visiting places like New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Niagara Falls(spent the whole day standing in lines, but the hurricane deck was a blast), as well as other places(like museums and history/church history sites) along the way. I got plenty of souvenirs.
We also spent some of the days sightseeing with some cousins(not CrazyNutBob
, but the ones that live a couple miles from my house) Of all the places we visited, some of my favorites were the International Spy Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, Kings Dominion, and the Sacred Grove. We visited much more than just those, though. The spy museum was really cool and very interactive, but we had a tour scheduled right after for something else, so we had to rush out at the end. Wish we hadn't had the other tour until later, or had better communication about when we needed to leave so we could have paced ourselves better. The glass museum had some really amazing glass works, and there were lots of pieces to look at. The gift shop was lots of fun too.
Kings Dominion was an amusement park, which was fun in and of itself, but the best part was getting to play with nephews there all day who we only get to see a few times a year. And the Sacred Grove.
That was so amazing. We had the perfect weather that day. I loved the stroll through the grove and how peaceful and quiet it was. I probably could have wandered there all day and been perfectly content.
New York was pretty interesting. We saw the Statue of Liberty from the Stanton Island ferry, took the subway(I almost threw up when we got off
It was too hot and crowded.), did lots of walking, visited the One World Trade Center Observatory(we went over 100 stories up), etc. We spent a couple days in D.C. going to different monuments and museums and such(the metro was much better than the subway in New York). That was pretty fun, especially when we were allowed to split up and wander wherever we liked with cousins. At one point while waiting for everyone to meet up by the WWII memorial in D.C., we ended up getting pretty close to a thirsty squirrel. We'd pour a bit of water on the ground by us and the squirrel would come over to drink it. Gettysburg and Valley Forge had driving tours we took(didn't want to walk all over, it was too hot and humid) and lots of historic things.
Also, the Duck Boat tour in Philly was a lot of fun. We also visited a couple of my mom's cousins who live back East.
Temples we visited: Washington D.C., Palmyra, and Philadelphia. One of the main reasons we went on the trip in the first place is because my dad spent 5 months in Philly working on the temple and we went to the open house. At the bottom of each staircase is a round part of the railing that my dad and uncle had to hand-carve. It took 3 weeks to carve each one. The rest they could do on their machines. The temple is designed to resemble the architecture and designs of Independence Hall, so there's a lot of amazingly detailed woodwork and decoration in the temple.