I’ve never been afraid to pull off the interstate and start exploring, and, as the title of this blog suggests, my goal is to travel portions of all 100 original U.S. highways. Last weekend I checked another highway off my list: US 11 in New York.
Eastern USA Travel
Last weekend my daughter and I had the pleasure of joining some folks from GM’s District Drive for a day of apple picking and apple pie baking in New York.
The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, truly brings the history of glass to life. There is a focus on education, but it does not detract from the hands-on excitement and beauty that pulses through the museum.
I’m not really a hot-weather girl, so it’s about this time of year that I’m completely done with summer and ready for cooler autumn days. But with a month left of summer in my area, I’ve got my ways to beat the heat or spend a rainy day. Check out these indoor attractions in Central NJ and Eastern PA: Liberty Science Center, Sahara Sams, and Crayola Experience – and read on to win two tickets to Crayola!
Admittedly, I’m not a huge beach person. I do like to go a couple times a year though, and when I asked my fellow travel writers about their experiences “down the shore” in NJ, I was surprised by all the amazing places I have yet to visit. Check them out…
New Jersey is “Stronger Than the Storm” and open for business. Follow along this week a I celebrate all the family fun you can have in my state. Starting at the southern tip, Cape May, NJ, is not just about shopping and Victorian B&Bs. Families can enjoy the scenic lighthouse, the beautiful beaches, and the playful park & zoo.
While waiting on the platform at the Strasburg Railroad, I noticed a man running alongside the Pint-Sized Pufferbelly – Strasburg’s 23-minute miniature steam train ride. He was dressed in traditional railroad garb – oiled-up jeans and a blue button-down shirt – and carried a red flag. I watched him, running along with the train, back and forth, again and again. I had to get the scoop.
Attention train enthusiasts! Lancaster County’s Strasburg Railroad and Choo Choo Barn are a must-see in Amish country. The Strasburg Railroad is a relaxing way to see the countryside and learn about the railroad. The Choo Choo Barn is a spectacular 1,700 square foot hand-crafted model train layout. Makes a great day trip or stop on your summer road trip.
I wanted to train for a half-marathon, and I love Disney World, so the runDisney races were my first choice. I absolutely loved Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival last time I went, so I was stoked to run a half marathon that ended at the Festival!
While I’ve always enjoyed traveling, the past year was the first that I embraced travel as a passion and looked at every step beyond my front door from a travel writer’s perspective. It’s pretty amazing to view your travels in that manner. It’s not just a vacation, day trip, or field trip, but a way to experience more in life, learn more about myself, and share that with others.
La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass., is more than a holiday light display, it’s a winter carnival. With more than 300,000 lights, a hay ride, a carousel, and some seriously yummy hot chocolate, it’s a wonderful place to take the family and get into the holiday spirit.
While whitewater delivers the big splash at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC, it’s really just the centerpiece of a total outdoor adventure theme park. Mountain biking, hiking, zip lining, rock climbing, eco-trekking, and more are set throughout the sprawling 400-acre, wooded area. This is Disney World for a rugged, active outdoor enthusiast.