Watkins Glen

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Wearing: H&M shirt, Faux leather dolphin shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles, vintage sunnies

Watkins Glen State Park was one of my all time favorite places to visit on this road trip. I highly, highly recommend anyone and everyone to spend a day walking through this gorge. It was like strolling through a picturesque scene from Lord of the Rings or a real-life fairy tale. The stone steps take you under and over waterfalls and along rapid waters and trickling streams and through caves. It was impossible not to be awestruck and also quite impossible not to get completely soaked. As I have mentioned before, try to get to the park as early as possible to avoid the midday rush of tourists. I like the serenity that comes with having the whole place to oneself for a while. I loved this park so much and I give past Brittany two thumbs up and a pat on the back for making this a part of our trip.

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Taughannock Falls

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Wearing: H&M shirt, Faux leather dolphin shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles, vintage sunnies

From D.C. we made a short pit stop to see my sister in New Jersey and set out the next morning for Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger lakes. This park has trails with a great view of the falls and some others that run along the rim of a giant gorge. The gorge is the closest thing the East coast has to a Grand Canyon, except it is more green with a river running down the middle. There are gates along the edges but we jumped one of them to take a peak over the edge and get some unobstructed pictures. Every park so far has had so much to offer, I wish we had amazing places like these in Florida. I would make hiking through them my day job!

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D.C.

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Although I have been to New York City a few times in the past, I have never been to Washington D.C. We have some friends that live in the city and I was super excited to finally catch up with them and have them show us around. We had dinner at the coolest Italian place in China Town and by the time we made it to the Washington Monument, it was already dusk. I never anticipated my first impression of this city to be built off the night life, but I think it gave the experience a whole new feel (though I definitely want to go back during the day some time!) So as the sun went down we chatted with our backs on the ground and our legs propped up on the Washington Monument. That moment was more refreshing than I could ever have imagined. The Capitol was under construction at the time and so was the Reflecting Pool, but I did get up in Lincoln’s face and got some candids in front of the White House. Our friends took us to a bar atop Hotel Washington to enjoy a beer with some of the best views of the National Mall and we followed that by playing games at Board Room (a cute little bar where you can drink and play board games, yes this exists!!!)

The next morning we had just enough time to grab some brunch and check out the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution at the National Archives Museum. There was no way I could go to D.C. and not see them, it is like a right of passage. Before I knew it we were back in the car, next stop: New York.

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Hammocks Beach

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Wearing: Victoria Secret bikini

The things to do and see in North Carolina are boundless. So far the majority of the time spent on this road trip was in this state and it definitely has no shortage of natural entertainment. For any fans of camping out there I strongly recommend camping on the beach at least once. I found this little gem of a camping site and could not pass up spending a night here. You have to take a ferry over to a secluded island and walk down a long road to the beach which faces the Atlantic Ocean. Pack light because the trek can be quite strenuous, especially if you choose a site further down the beach like I did. It was like a remote little sandy niche, isolated by sand dunes with a vast and private view of the ocean. We set up camp and spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing, watching the sun go down. Quite blissful. I was sad to leave but more adventure lies ahead!

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