East Coast, The Hub of History | My Family Travels
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Have you ever been to the East Coast? Well, after I talk about it, you’ll be an expert. The East Coast boasts numerous fun activities and cities. But the highlights are old Washington D.C., sleepless New York City, and waterfront Boston. Those cities shine like the crown-jewels of the East Coast, definitely worth visiting and learning about.
 
              First up, Washington D.C., the mother of our country. You’ll discover three main attractions here: museums, political buildings and national monuments. Let’s start with the museums. The Smithsonian Museums make up almost all of the museums here. Located at the National Mall, there’s a large variety that suits all different interests, from art to science to history. By far the most popular museums are the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Museums offer an awesome bonus, admission is free! You can visit world-class museums without paying a penny. Next on the list of attractions are the monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and World War II Memorial. Like the Smithsonian Museums, most of the monuments reside in the National Mall. Although they may not serve a political purpose, they stand there to show the world what the Americans can do and who we are. Finally, the political buildings, the White House and the Capitol both represent this category. Also the Library of Congress and Federal Bureau of Printing and Engraving are important places to visit. But because of the 9/11 attack the rules are much stricter than before and you may need to place a reservation to visit those places. Nevertheless, D.C. exemplifies a great city and capitol with a combination of classical and modern styles, an adventure to never skip on a trip to the East Coast.
           
              Next up, New York City, “the city that never sleeps,” as some people like to call it. N.Y.C. has a different character compared to our capitol. First of all, the people there always seem busy; they rarely ever look around at the beautiful city that surrounds them. Secondly, the pollution makes it hard to breathe. Lastly, it is almost impossible to walk along the streets and see just a few people: it’s crowded! The attractions there make New York City unique. You’ll find tall skyscrapers and luxurious restaurants on every corner. The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Ground Zero highlight your visit. The Statue of Liberty, the statue of freedom, the American pride, arrived as a marvelous gift from the French. They were honored that we were able to become independent and free. The statue is made of copper two pennies thick and has decayed into the famous green we see today. The Empire State Building lies in the heart of Manhattan. It was the tallest building of its time but doesn’t hold much historical importance. But it provides a great opportunity to view the whole city of New York from its 102nd floor! (Don’t look down!!). Finally, the name describes itself, Ground Zero. This is the place where the Twin Towers used to stand. At this moment, they are building a remembrance site so you’re unable to explore it. Invest your time in a worthwhile visit to the 9/11 museum a block down the street. Not every city has these great assets. That’s what makes New York City memorable. 
 
             From the crimson brick buildings to the neck-tilting skyscrapers, you’ll find countless attractions as you progress in exploring Boston. Boston is famous for its scarlet red lobsters, steamed to perfection, and fresh from the sea. Also, since Boston participates in imports and exports, it’s not uncommon to see large freight ships cruise down into one of the cleanest harbors in the U.S. For those readers who already have been to Boston, these facts will make you an expert. Boston has over 100 colleges. That’s more than all of the other colleges of Massachusetts combined! Also Boston is home to the oldest park in the U.S, the Boston Commons. For those who haven’t visited Boston, get ready to book a flight because these places you’ll never want to miss. Since there are so many, I’ll begin with my favorite, the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is the route Paul Revere used to make his famous midnight ride. The trail links other important buildings such as the Old North Church, USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument and much more. Last, but not least, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, two competing colleges that are world-renown. Also, Harvard is the oldest college in the U.S.! Pretty neat, eh? Out of my whole trip to the East Coast, I enjoyed Boston the most.
 
            Do you think you’re an expert now after my detailed guide? At least I know I’m an expert after describing my favorite places in the East Coast: political Washington D.C., busy New York City, and historical Boston. Remember those cities, sooner or later, they’re going to be your favorites, too.  
 

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