We got a VERY early start at my residence in Redding, California on Wednesday July 31st to drive southwest four hours to the beautiful city of San Francisco, ariving around 9 am. Because our flight wasn't for another 12 hours, the family and I visited some of our favorite places there.
The Palace of Fine Arts
Ate fresh clam chowder, calamari, best-of-the-best fish sandwiches at Fisherman's Warf
The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park: a museum, zoo, planetarium, and aquarium all rolled into one.
Had my first Philly cheese steak in Philadelphia, how perfect is that?
The next day I had the pleasure of going to my absolute favorite place to be: the beach. Yes, I live in Cali but not in Malibu. Not in Long Beach, nor Santa Cruz or Huntington. These places are 9 hours south of my house, so the beaches I go to are on the northern California coast. They are beautiful, but freezing. You need to be wearing jeans and a sweater, swimming is out of the question. The last time I went to a beach in a swimsuit was on a vacation to Hawaii at least 4 years ago, so coming to the sunny Delaware coast was well-anticipated. We spent the day at Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk, where we swam, sunbathed, shopped, and stuffed ourselves with heavenly Grotto's pizza.
Anyway, after meeting up with family in Delaware, the next few days we moved on to the beautiful Jersey Shore. First up was Cape May Point and Cape May Beach.
I even got to do some boogie boarding!
Victorian mansions just off the beach.
The next day we went to yet another NJ beach, Stone Harbor. Before comming here, I only had the vaguest of memories of Stone Harbor from when I came at age 3 or 4. It was cloudy but warm and beautiful, just as I remembered it.
That night, we really had some fun at the notorious Wild Wood! This Jersey boardwalk and four piers hosts hundreds of restaurants, arcades, rides, roller coasters, haunted ships, and the best view of the shore atop the Ferris Wheel. We were out until midnight partying on the pier!
The next morning we drove to Washington DC. This place is amazing! We did some major sight-seeing, between the Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Museums, Washington Monument, the White House and many more.
The following day, we drove north to the place I had wanted to go to more than anywhere in the world: New York City. It was stunning. New York is so incredibly perfect and I loved it more than words can describe. The city simply took my breath away. I am going to live there at some point in my life. I just know it.
I saw Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist and the rest of the Today Show ensemble, even Jimmy Fallon made an appearance on the Show!
After 10 days, we drove all the way back to Philly and flew back to San Francisco. I had such an amazing time on the east coast and I am so anxious for our next trip there!