Planning for NYC and DC

New York City Skyline
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Tomorrow marks my first trip since returning back to Toronto after living and traveling abroad for almost 3 years, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been counting down the weeks, and now days, since I bought my flight on a whim back in June. And now I’m only one day away from my next adventure, New York City and Washington D.C!

As I mentioned in my post about my September Travel Plans, I’m flying solo on this trip. Tristan started Teacher’s College in Toronto last week and is already knee deep in readings and assignments. But I’ll be sure to make up for his missing voice as much as possible.

This will be my 4th trip down to NYC, my last being back in 2007. I’m looking forward to checking out some of my favourite spots including Central Park, Soho, the Museum of Modern Art, and stocking up on coffee from Dean and Deluca. I’m also very excited to discover new parts of the city I’ve never seen and explored before.

Brooklyn Bridge
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At the top of my list are Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Yes, it’s true. I’ve never seen the famous lady up close and personal. But I’m going to rectify that this time around. I’m also looking forward to checking out the beautifully repurposed High Line Park, the World Trade Centre Memorial, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, catching a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, getting a tour of the Lower East Side and the East Village from Levy’s Unique Tours, and cycling my way around Brooklyn.

But what I’m most excited about is just hanging out and soaking up the city at a leisurely pace. I’ll have a total of two weeks, which will give me plenty of time to do and see a lot without killing myself to accomplish it in a short span on time.

Except for a weekend get-away to D.C to visit one of my high-school friends, I’ll be staying outside of Manhattan in Brooklyn. I’ve never been to Brooklyn but I’ve read a lot of great things about the rejuvenation of the area and how it’s actually become quite a trendy place to eat, shop, and live now. It’s still easy enough to hop on the subway to Manhattan, so I’m not worried that I’ll be missing anything by not staying in the heart of NYC.

Visiting Washington D.C will also be a new experience for me. I’ve got the usual suspects on my list of things I want to see and do, including the White House, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall, monuments, and more memorials. I know I’m going to learn a lot about the country by just visiting this city and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.

I know it’s going to be a great two weeks, I just hope the weather is going to cooperate.  I’ll be posting as frequently as possible, so I hope you’ll follow along with my trip! Is there anything you recommend I check out in NYC or DC? I want to hear them!!

Now it’s time to start packing…


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