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We have reservations at the Manhattan Club (NYC) for a week next May, then four days at the Old Town Alexandria Resort, but with a three day gap in between. We are thinking Philly, maybe Atlantic City, but no firm plans.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Count Upp
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Cape May.
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We have reservations at the Manhattan Club (NYC) for a week next May, then four days at the Old Town Alexandria Resort, but with a three day gap in between.

If you like history you could easily spend all that time in Philly. It could also be a good base for some day trips--Atlantic City, and there are some lovely gardens in the area.

Phil
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I vote for Philly (with a possible side-trip to Lancaster?)

Jeff
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Of course the NJ Shore has just been damaged by Superstorm Sandy. So you will want to check before you go to see what is undamaged and open. News reports indicate the main boardwalk in Atlantic City was not damaged and the casinos are open. Cape May is famous for its old Victorian homes and many bed and breakfasts. It is a great place to visit.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor can be interesting, especially if you like crab cakes. In addition to restaurants National Aquarium, an old sailing ship (Old Iron Sides) and a submarine are there, together with lots of shopping. If you like railroads, the B&O Railroad Museum is something special. Ft. McHenry.

I like Annapolis, home of the Naval Academy. Its an old style yacht harbor surrounded by restaurants and shops. Fish shops all the way to nice restaurants. (More rustic and less commercial than the Inner Harbor.) Historic state capital. Eastern shore of Maryland is famous for its antique shops.

If you like military stuff, Aberdeen Proving Grounds off of I-95 north of Baltimore has an ordinance museum. Its a collection of armour (old tanks) from all over the world.

In NJ, the Lindberg kidnapping stuff (the ladder, newspaper lists of serial numbers, etc) is on display at the State Police Museum north of Trenton near where I-95 crosses into PA. If you like model railroads, Northlandz in Flemmington has 8 miles of HO gage layout in a 3 story building +++ (doll display, outdoor train ride, and pipe organ concert in the middle). The largest model railroad club and layout is in Union NJ just west of Newark Airport.

In Philadelphia you will want to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Eastern State Penitentiary, the oldest penn in the US, is open to tours. The art museum is worth a visit. And there is the new art museum just moved downtown from the suburbs. Long Wood Gardens is nice gardens, originally was an old growth forest funded by Duponts to preserve the original trees from loggers. Near Wilmington, there are several Dupont mansions with nice gardens.

North of Philadelphia in Bucks County, New Hope is worth a visit. It's built around an art community, but has lots of shops. Washington Crossing has state parks in both NJ and PA. The PA side is a bit more extensive. This is where Washington crossed the Delaware to defeat the British (and Hesians) in Trenton. Trenton has old barracks to look at.

Camden has the NJ state aquarium and used to have the Battleship New Jersey. (Not sure if its still there. They were having financial difficulties.) Campbell Soup is there, and used to have a soup taurine museum (and a water tower decorated like a Campbell's soup can.)

Burpees Seed company was founded in Bucks Co. The farm is still there and has demonstration gardens. The Burpee Mansion is now a bed and breakfast.

Northern NJ has Thomas Edison stuff. West Orange has the main museum, but there is a monument tower in Menlo Park. You can access Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from Liberty State Park in NJ. If you want a glimpse of early manufacturing in America, check out Passaic Falls in Patterson. Its the site of the first Colt Arms factory, Rogers Locomotive works, early textile mills--all run originally by water wheels. Museum there has some interesting displays.
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Baltimore's Inner Harbor can be interesting....National Aquarium, an old sailing ship (Old Iron Sides) and a submarine are there, together with lots of shopping
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That was a GREAT Post. Have a Rec!

But, Old Ironsides (USS Constitution, our oldest commissioned ship) resides in Boston Harbor, not Baltimore. Not sure there is a "Tall Ship" berthed permanently in Baltimore, but they had a huge celebration in June to kick off the bicentennial of the War of 1812 (Ft McHenry, Star Spangled Banner). The Eagle, the Coast Guard's ship led the parade and may have been there this summer.

Personally, though, if I was going to be in DC anyway, I'd hit Philadelphia and see Independence Hall. Then I'd head over to the National Archives in DC and see the Constitution (the document, not the ship!) Indeed, in a Boston - Philly - DC vacation, you could make the Constitution a "thread" thru all 3 cities!

Yoda
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National Archives in DC and see the Constitution (the document, not the ship!)

As a special treat, if you're in DC on Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) they have the whole document on display. Ordinarilly it's just the Preamble and Bill of Rights.

Phil
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I believe it is the USS Constellation (not the Constitution) which resides in Baltimore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constellation_(1854)

Regards,
Les
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I believe it is the USS Constellation (not the Constitution) which resides in Baltimore.
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Nice work! Certainly a ship with some history behind her and worth a visit!

Yoda
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I live in Cape May so I can vouch for that. We were incredibly lucky with hurricane Sandy. The eye passed right over us. All of the major damage was north of us. Cape May is quaint, meaning quiet. Good restaurants but they might not be open early in the week. Maybe hopscotch from Baltimore to Annapolis to Cape May or Atlantic City.
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So you live in Cape May. My fondest memories as a child were traveling by boat from Old Point Harbor in Hampton, VA to somewhere in NJ, and winding up in Cape May for a week. As you probably know, those who live on the Beach (Va Bch in my case) do not vacate there. Rather, we went to either Cape May or Myrtle Beach. This was every other year. The other years, we straddled travel to either NYC to watch Yankees' games in the summer or Radio City Music Hall and FAO Schwartz at Christmas time. There is nothing like NYC at Christmas. If one does not have the Christmas Spirit before the trip, they certainly will have it after.

What wonderful memories.

I keep telling people down here in Columbia, SC that they REALLY need to visit Cape May. Not many take my recommendation. Their loss.....

Donna
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Oops. I meant Old Point Comfort, not Old Point Harbor, although it was a harbor.

Donna
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