I’ll warn you now , this post will be a bit all over the place as there is just so much to cover! From day 4 to day 22 of our holiday we spent a maximum of a day and a half in each location, most of the time it was just an evening that we were given to spend at our leisure in the city we were in before we moved onto the next leg.
So we’re in New York. It’s Saturday morning and we have to be up bright and early to meet the rep and the rest of our holidayers in the hotel lobby. In the detail about this holiday it stated that there would be a minimum of 20 passengers and a maximum of 50. Not going to lie, the thought of 48 people that I didn’t know being on the coach with me for three weeks kind of scared me as I’m not the most confident of people and that’s a lot of people to get to know! But in the end I needent worry as there were only 16 of us on the whole trip! Anyway, first stop Philadelphia. I think we we given about two hours here which gave us just enough time to see the Liberty Bell and grab a Philly cheesesteak sandwich mmmmmmm (I’m just realising that I don’t really have many photos from this part of the trip, I think I was bit overwhelmed). Next stop, Washington DC. Safe to say this city is the most beautiful city I have ever been to, the buildings and streets are keft perfectly and it’s all so clean. The place just has a sense of history without looking old and weathered.
We got to stay in Washington for two nights meaning we managed to see all the sights! The hotel that we stayed in was the Omni Shoreham and it was a-mazing, definitely the second best hotel for the whole holiday. Without a doubt the highlight of Washington was the White House! I don’t think President Obama was actually there at the time but it was nice to finally see the building in person.
Another highlight of Washington was finding Paper Source. Oh my God. Yes a shop really is that amazing! For those that don’t know about it, it’s essentially a better version of Paperchase and I could’ve easily just bought everything in the store and had no money left for the rest of my trip. I apologise to those of you that have just googled Paper Source and now have the same feeling about it.
When it came to leaving Washington we had a very exciting day ahead, the day that we crossed the border into Canada. We stayed in a Best Western overnight and the next morning it was time for Niagara Falls! I don’t really know how to explain this place without using all the cliche words but it is as breathtaking as you would think it is! I have so many amazing photos from this day and I wish I could include all of them.
Next to Niagara Falls there is a massive tower called the Skylon Tower where you can go the top and have lunch while the restaurant rotates! It was amazing to see all around the building and the full scale of the Falls.
After Niagara Falls came Detroit where we visited the Henry Ford museum. As you can imagine, this wasn’t compleeetely to my taste but it was interesting none the less! (I know these signs have nothing to do with cars but how cool are they?!)
I would have to say the best part of the whole museum was that there was a life size village next to the museum that had a train running around it, it was so cute and pretty! Chicago came next and this, a bit like Washington DC, was a really beautiful city. By far the best part was going to the top of the Willis Tower! For those that don’t know, the Willis Tower has two glass balconies that extend out of the tower that you can stand on. I was very naive. What could be so terrying about standing on a bit of glass? Oh myyy, a lot! You step on the glass as if it’s going to shatter beneath your feet it’s SO scary but truly amazing at the same time! Would definitely recommend.
The trip from Chicago to Sioux city was a long one, 598 miles to be exact. All I can say is thank God there was wi-fi on the coach! We had one night here before moving on towards Badlands National Park the next day. The extreme vastness (is that a word?) of some of the places that we visited in America is so much to take in some of the time that you just can’t really believe it. I mean, when you compare America to Great Britain it is pretty obvious that there is a big size difference but when you’ve been somewhere all your life where land is so expensive and we barely have enough room to house everyone, and then you go to a country with SO much space and land it’s so refreshing!
However, I’m not saying that I could live in Badlands, this place was HOT. Like, dry, can’t really breathe properly kinda hot! I walked around for enough time to take a few pictures, take in all the sights and then struggled back as quick as I could to the nice air-conditioned coach! If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from Badlands and Las Vegas (more about that later) it’s that I don’t deal very well with extreme heat at aaaaall. The same day we travelled to Mount Rushmore which is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go! I loved all of the flags at the entrance to the site, one for every state.
I just wish I’d had more energy that day as there was the option to walk (quite a long) pathway up to the actual sculpture which I would’ve loved to see up close. If you go there, save enough energy and give yourself enough time to do the walk!
I’m going to end this blog post here as I hate to think I’m rambling on! The next post will continue with when we arrived in Yellowstone National Park where it actually snowed while we were there!? Yep, we went from 40oC heat in Badlands to snow in Yellowstone… I wasn’t prepared at all!
Talk soon, love