My Trip....Need Suggestions From Locals (please!)

  1. Itinerary May 9-18:

    Washington D.C. (2 days)

    New York City (2 days)

    Salem, MA (overnight)- going to do the witchcraft stuff and whale watch in Gloucester (Maine doesn't run theirs until late May)

    Portland, ME (2 days)

    Niagara Falls, ON (2 days)

    Does anyone have any ideas of what to do? We're doing all the tourist-y stuff, but I'm talking out of the way places (not porn alleys...). Great places to eat (read: cheap) and places to avoid like the plague. I'd like to get a guide book, but I don't want to have to buy 5 of them. So, I thought I'd leave this in your hands, lovely friends.

    Some specific ???:

    Boston- what's really great to see there? We don't plan to go into town, but if you think there's something worthwhile, please share.

    I've got all the hotels booked, but now comes the fun part.
  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   Nurse Izzy
    In DC - go to Georgetown - it's a really neat neighborhood. Be careful, though! Also, while in DC, if you can get in, go to the Holocaust Museum (they only admit a certain number per day so you'd have to get there early) - kind of depressing but very enlightening.

    Portland, ME - drive about an hour north to the outlets in Freeport - home of LL Bean - you can get some GREAT deals there. Don't know about any of the other outlet stores - we only went into the Bean!

    Niagra - cross over to Canada and eat lunch at the Skylon Tower - you can get some great shots of the falls from their observation deck and lunch isn't that bad, either! The casinos are fun if you're into giving money away....

    Have fun! Sounds like a great trip! If you get a chance, travel along the Queen Anne (or is it Mary???) highway for a bit - it's georgous! (sp???)
  4. by   rreed
    if your a member of AAA, then the tour books and maps are free, I think it is worth it just to get the free books, and they have towed my car a couple of times in the last 10 yrs which was great.

    DC, if you park your car at the Arlington Cemetery in VA (cheaper) then ride the tourist trolly thing, it has several stops at all the sight seeing things and you just get off and on the trolly where ever you want to see the next tourist stop and they give a taped detailed information about what your coming up to see, I think it is worth it.

  5. by   emily_mom
    I would love to go to the Holocaust Museum, but my friend just spent 3 weeks in Germany, so I'm thinking he may be burnt out on it. Will have to see though. I've been to the website and they sell advanced tix...guess it's the price you pay for not having to wait. If we go, I'm going to do that.

    I've found some wonderful shops in ME.

    And in Niagara, we are staying on the Canadian side (per recommendation from friends).

    I'll have to check out Georgetown. I have no idea what kind of neighborhood we're staying in. Guess I should check that out. It's by a university (gaullet or something like that). Sorry, lack of sleep makes me loopy.

    My friend is in AAA. He should be able to get all of that stuff then, right? Is it through the website?

    Where is the Queene Anne (Mary...?) highway?
    Last edit by emily_mom on Mar 30, '03
  6. by   emily_mom
    In D.C., our hotel has free parking so we'll probably just leave it there and grab a bus.

    We're staying on New York Avenue. Anyone with a clue as to if it's ok? It says we're really close to everything. Read: traffic jams.
  7. by   Lausana
    Sounds like a great trip-I love the east coast! Historical Boston is beautiful, if I remember right the streets are marked/painted so you can walk the tour yourself. I love the old cemeteries and such.

    The last time I was there we had lunch in Cambridge and visited Harvard (to scope it out for grad school of course HAHA) Very pretty area though

    I'm jealous! Take lots of pictures for us
  8. by   rreed
    Originally posted by emily_mom
    My friend is in AAA. He should be able to get all of that stuff then, right? Is it through the website?

    yes, if he is a member, then he can (you can go with him) and pick up tour books, maps, they can make you up a trip tick that are wonderful, they will have book and brochures about the cities that you want to visit. The AAA tour books list lots of things to see and do in the city and the average of cost to get into them and they always have walking tours of the ares in the books. Never leave home without one.

  9. by   WalMart_ADN
    DON'T get a triptik online through AAA....go to an office and get it. i found that out the hard way on my trip to SC

    and why don't you wanna stay on the america side? don't you like me?

    but seriously, i've only been to NF a few times, GO TO THE CASINO!!! 20 bucks american last you for HOURS there (just go in the back to the nickel slots lol) there's a hard rock cafe (i think) right in the casino, and other restuarants and stuff. there's a strip in NF with lots of bars and clubs, and skeevy little gift shops. So much fun.

    it sounds like a fun trip kristy. I hope you have a great time!
  10. by   Furball
    The American side of Niagara Falls sucks! Stay Canadian and don't try to bring back Cuban cigars.
  11. by   WalMart_ADN
    but I'm on the american side
  12. by   Furball
    Uh-oh......I'm sorry Walmart!
  13. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    Back in 92, we stayed in NF. Ate at a really nice Italian restaurant right on the strip. Cozy and intimate even with our 2 yr. old. The falls to see or go on the Maiden of the Mist boat tour. Have a great time and stay safe during your travels.
  14. by   kids
    The DC Zoo has Pandas.