If you know me, you would know that one of my favorite things in the world to do is travel. This summer I went on vacation for 21 days. Yes, 21 days. To most people that sounds completely insane, but to me, it’s the experience of a lifetime.
June 21st was the day that started our road trip. My dad, mom, brother and I jumped in our car and didn’t look back. Our first stop just happened to be around lunch time on the outskirts of Chicago, so we decided to stop at one our favorite restaurants, Lou Malnati’s. After our lunch, we kept on heading north toward Canada. Around 10:30 p.m. (Canadian time) is when we arrived to our hotel in Ontario. We woke up the next morning excited to visit Niagara Falls. Seeing Niagara Falls in person was absolutely breathtaking, and I suggest going to visit for a small trip!
After staying about a day in London, Ontario, Canada, we decided to keep road tripping and make our next stop in Boston, Massachusetts. My brother, Ian, wanted to stop in Boston and it surely did not disappoint! We stayed in downtown Boston for a total of three days. We did so many things that I can’t list them all, but my top two favorites were taking a ferry across the Boston Harbor, and walking the Freedom Trail. If you are a history junkie, I suggest going to Boston because the whole city is filled with outstanding history.
The next place we stayed at was in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. One of the main reasons we stayed in Cape Cod was because it was very central to all of the other places we wanted to see. On June 27th, we made our journey to Woods Hole, Massachusetts to board on a car ferry to take us to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
We only spent the day in Martha’s Vineyard just because we were heading to Nantucket the next day! Martha’s Vineyard has many tourists visiting during the summer, but is still able to be enjoyed. The weather was insanely amazing, and the ocean breeze felt so good! We just drove and walked around the Vineyard exploring the different shops and restaurants they had to offer. After a full day of sightseeing, we rode back on the ferry that took us back to the mainland.
The next day was the day I was most excited for. My brother and I had dreamt about visiting the island of Nantucket for the longest time, and it was coming true! This day, my whole family decided to take a high speed ferry to and from the island. Once we arrived at Nantucket, we picked up our Jeep that we had rented. We first started by driving around on a couple trails, that led us to a fantastic restaurant called Millie’s.
After eating lunch, we decided to keep driving which led us to drive by the beach. After sitting by the beach for a while, we all agreed to go shopping. The shops downtown were very expensive, yet worth it! Visiting Nantucket definitely did not have the amount of tourists as the Vineyard, which in my opinion made it better. Nantucket had beautiful lighthouses, houses, and beaches. I highly highly highly recommend visiting Nantucket, as it is now on my list to visit again in the near future.
Newport, Rhode Island was the next destination on our list. Before traveling to Newport, I thought it was going to be the most boring town, but I was wrong by far! Newport was my second favorite stop on our trip, coming in after Nantucket. Newport is a pretty big town, but I love the way how the people and the location made it feel like a small town. My family and I walked downtown and I automatically fell in love. Newport had such a good vibe and such a good environment that I also put it on my list of places I need to visit again in the near future!
The next stop on our vacation was to the beautiful city of New York. This was my third favorite stop on our trip. The house we stayed in was actually in West New York, New Jersey. Every morning we had to take the bus to the Port Authority (the bus station) in New York.
We did all of the touristy things:
The pace of New York is completely different than Washington, Missouri, which made each second exciting. My favorite moment in NYC was going to The Top of the Rock at sunset. Seeing the sun setting and all the lights turn on from above New York was incredible.
Even if you’re not a big city person, or just think you wouldn’t like it, I still think you should go! Both my mom and brother were very skeptical about visiting, but at the end of the trip they both agreed it was very different than what they expected and both would come back to visit again sometime!
Our last and final stop was the District of Columbia, but before arriving in D.C. my dad wanted us to try a genuine Philly Cheesesteak. So we just had to make a stop in Philadelphia to try them out! After our delicious lunch at Pat’s Cheesesteaks, we kept trucking along towards Washington D.C.
Our nation's capitol was full of excitement. We visited:
Overall, my vacation will be one I will remember for the rest of my life. Being away from home for 21 days made me appreciate the life I live and the things I get to experience in this world. Traveling to all these different places and states is so amazing to me. It is such an eye opener to see how diverse our country is and it also made me think about the different locations I have a chance to live in when I get older.
Thank you for reading about my trip. Simply put, it was awesome! I hope you can take the time to do a trip like this someday, too.