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Washington DC Tours

Washington DC Tours

Setting up your Washington DC tours will have an influence on the rest of your itinerary, as availability and times can vary greatly. This page was written to assist you on the steps that you need to take to maximize your chances on getting into some of DC’s most coveted tours. The most popular tours include: White House Tour, U.S. Capitol Tour, and the Pentagon Tour. All of these tours require a request application and review period which likely includes…

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Washington DC Memorials

Washington DC Memorials

The Washington DC Memorials and Monuments are a destination all by themselves. What’s even better is that you can walk easily and comfortably between them. To walk the loop of memorials below, you can easily walk for 2-3 miles. From the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol is 2 miles (straight line). Much of the paths are lined with trees which provide welcome shade in the summer months. If you time your trip during the Spring months (March/April), you might…

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Smithsonian Museums

Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC is the largest museum and research complex in the world. It includes 19 museums, each with enough galleries and activities to be a whole-day activity, by themselves. These museums are incredible imagination and creativity motivators! If a child’s mind is a sponge, then these locations will not only educate your family, but they will entertain them, as well. You will see actual aircraft, missiles, dinosaur skeletons, and prehistoric scale models. Our family’s favorite Smithsonian…

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Washington DC Day Trip

Washington DC Day Trip

For nearly 10 million Americans, a Washington DC day trip is just a few hours away. There is so much to do see in this great Capitol city, that it’s a must see and a fun family trip! Our family has done multiple day trips to Washington DC and we discover something new each time we explore the city. On a few occasions, we’ve spent the night but most times we try to spend a full day and go home…

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Coal Mine Tour: Ashland, PA

Coal Mine Tour: Ashland, PA

The coal mine tour in Ashland, Pennsylvania was a very entertaining ride into the mountainside that our family really enjoyed. Ashland’s coal mine operated from 1911 to 1931 and like many of the anthracite mines in the area was abandoned for the pursuit of larger veins of coal (anthracite). In the 1960s, it was opened back up for public access. The coal mine tour takes you on a rail mining car ride 1800 feet into the Pioneer Tunnel. The temperatures…

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Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia

The historic Philadelphia sites attract visitors from all over the world. From the place where the Declaration of Independence was drafted to the site of the first Continental Congress to the Liberty Bell that symbolizes the very freedom we cherish – it’s all here. The historic area encompasses approximately 15 city blocks, from Walnut Street north to Race Street, and 6th Street east to 2nd Street. This area is very walkable and there are plenty of parking options. On a…

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Ocean City, New Jersey

Ocean City, New Jersey

Ocean City, New Jersey is just an hour and a half ride from Philadelphia, and a great family vacation spot or day trip excursion. The boardwalk is 2nd to none. Stretching 2.5 miles from St James Street down to 23rd Street, you can take the family for a bike ride, go for a stroll to get a meal or snack, or take it the nice salt air and sounds of the beach. The boardwalk concessions are open from May to…

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Fairmount Park – Philadelphia

Fairmount Park – Philadelphia

At 9,200 acres, Fairmount Park is one of the largest city parks in the United States. It is located on the west side of Philadelphia, straddling the Schuylkill River. This huge park encompasses some of the city’s most popular attractions, including: Boat House Row, The Water Works, Memorial Hall (home of Please Touch Museum), the Schuylkill River Trail, Belmount Plateau, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Centennial Arboretum, the Philadelphia Zoo, and much more. Depending on the weather, the age…

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Lake Galena

Lake Galena

Lake Galena is a wonderful recreation area for a picnic, barbecue, boating, fishing, running, biking, volleyball, flying a kite, and so much more! The lake is 365 acres and is surrounded by Peace Valley Park (1500 acres). It is a man-made lake that was formed by the damming of the northern fork of the Neshaminy Creek in 1972. It now covers what was the former town of Leven which was a lead ore (“galena”) mining town in the 1800s. There…

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Pocono Mountains

Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains are located in northeast Pennsylvania in the counties of Pike and Monroe, and parts of Carbon and Wayne counties. The Poconos are a very popular Pennsylvania tourist destination for their winter ski slopes, summer lake resorts, beautiful fall foliage, and the many state and federal parks and campgrounds. With peaks over 2,100 feet, the Poconos have some great ski resorts with trails for beginners to experts. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, some areas have a snow-tubing…

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