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Published: December 19th 2014
This is my last blog about my round the world trip, and details my excursion from New York up to Niagara Falls, Washington DC and back via Philadelphia to New York.
Meeting early in Chinatown, I boarded the bus that would take us on our trip with mostly Chinese tourists, but also Europeans and some Americans and Australians. Just to let you know. Each of our days involved early starts and late finishes, but crammed in a lot into just 3 days! Just to let you know. We began the trip heading north, stopping at the Secret Caverns en route...however with the trip already not being cheap, I decided that for most of these "optional excursions" as they were called, I would not bother with. Unfortunately this did mean hanging about outside on my own in the cold for 45 minutes most of the time...but in the end I realised this was probably worth it, as they were all tourist traps I wasn't bothered about. Just to let you know (as said our tour guide after every sentence, just to let you know!).
Eventually we arrived at Niagara Falls in the evening, and after getting
some dinner I went off to explore the falls in darkness, which meant that they were lit up with lights from the Canadian side. Unfortunately the way the trip was planned, and the experience of American immigration meant I had to scrap my plans to cross over into the Canadian side, where the best view undoubtably was....but I did get to get insanely close to the waterfall edge!
We returned to the falls again the following morning to see them in daylight (where water got inside my camera and almost ruined the day's photos) after we had visited the Niagara Fort up by Lake Ontario, where there was even a view of Toronto!! After leaving this area we headed down through New York state and Pennsylvania, before the final day's activities.
On the final day we started by visiting Washington DC, where we visited the Capitol building, the White House, and Lincoln Memorial before going to the Space museum, where I touched part of the moon, and then headed off to the last stop on the trip - Philadelphia. Stopping here for just 15 minutes we got to see the Liberty Bell and the
Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Although the excursion was very quick, and involved a lot of driving, I really didn't mind, I got to see a lot of things and have now seen everything in the USA I wanted. This too probably sums up my entire trip too...
Now that I've been all the way around the earth, Japan and St. Maarten are the two places I'd go back to first, although I didn't regret anywhere I went. For the most part I saw and did everything I wanted and thoroughly enjoyed my trip, as short as it was! Although travelling on my own was a little boring at times, it too had its advantages, and I don't regret any of the decisions I made on the trip!
23 Cities. 13 Countries/Territories. 4 Continents. 77 days. ✓ Done. Next stop....?
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