Mid Atlantic Travel Tips
By Kitty Cayo
With roughly one sixth of the nation's population, the Mid-Atlantic is both a political and cultural hub. Here, groups can experience historically significant journeys, gaming getaways and international nature tours.
Officials from the Delaware State Parks system announced the opening of the first State Heritage Park in Dover. The park provides a unique experience for visitors to tour the historical and cultural sites of Delaware's first park without boundaries. Kent County is gearing up for an eventful year with everything from two NASCAR races, the nationally credited Old Dover Days festival and the annual Amish Country Bike Tour. The maritime village of Lewes celebrates its 375th birthday this year with the In Bloom Tulip Festival in April. Enjoy the Dutch flavor of "The First City in the First State," when the town is draped in a festive cover of tulips. The Brandywine Valley is always a popular group destination with a concentration of museums, historic sites, gardens and magnificent estates. The Federal Highway Administration recently designated a 12-mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley as a Scenic Byway. Visitors can enjoy a scenic drive or bicycle the rolling hills of the valley.
A new daylong itinerary offers groups the chance to explore Fort Ticonderoga's attractions. The experience combines a tour of Fort Ticonderoga, a stop at the Ausable Chasm (raft ride optional), and a two-hour boat cruise on the lake, which stretches 110 miles between Vermont's Green Mountains and New York's Adirondack range. Groups can hit the road for "112 Miles of Smiles" on historic Route 28. The tour includes a ride on the rails along the Delaware River and a stop in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Coming to the Corning Museum of Glass is "Glass of the Maharajahs," an exhibit of lavish furnishings found in the homes of Indian royalty 100 years ago. The collection features functional, exquisite pieces found nowhere else in the world, on display from May 19-Nov. 30.
Shoppers bound for Buffalo can create their own shopping adventure. The Buffalo Niagara CVB recently launched "Shopping is Hopping in Buffalo," a package pairing an overnight stay with an area shopping district. There are 24 participating hotels and six separate shopping destinations. The package includes a $50 voucher redeemable at any of the participating shopping locations and discounts to area restaurants. The packages start at $95 per person.
In New York City, a museum that is small in terms of space for the city but huge in stature began to welcome visitors last summer. Guests of the Ground Zero Museum Workshop report a much deeper experience here compared to a trip to the actual site, as visitors are allowed to touch and hold artifacts recovered from Ground Zero. The remnants along with the video and images come from Gary Marlon Suson, the official photographer at Ground Zero for the New York Fire Department.
The Smithsonian Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery reopen in DC in early July, and other cultural institutions are bringing out major exhibitions for the busy summer season. The National Archives hosts American Originals: Eye Witness, an assortment of personal accounts by witnesses to some of America's most significant events.Visitors can hear Lady Bird Johnson's audio diary from Nov. 22, 1963, and read a report by Thomas Jefferson regarding the American Revolution. In addition, The JFK Center presents two American theatre classics, "Little Women" and "Mame."
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