I love living near D.C. In fact, when I found out I was going to be going to school right outside of D.C., I told people I was moving to D.C. instead of Maryland because 1) it’s more recognizable and 2) just sounds more awesome. Many great things come along with living in the nation’s capitol–free museums, pandas, good coffee shops, mostly clean public transportation, a beautiful national mall, and great restaurants. And more.
Another great thing about D.C. is how close it is to other large cities. I grew up less than three hours from both Memphis and Nashville, which was great. But when you’re less than an hour from Baltimore, less than three from Philly, and less than four from New York City (!!!)–that’s pretty awesome.
So it was while a couple of my girlfriends and I were taking advantage of our proximity to Baltimore–Orioles game–that we decided to take advantage of our closeness to NYC as well. We were driving home from the game when someone joked, “What if I started driving to New York instead?” Then it came out that Anna had never been to NYC, Rachel looked up bus tickets, and bam! In less than an hour, we had our last minute NYC adventure planned for the day after next.
I’m sure for many people that have lived near NYC for a longer period of time might not find a NYC day-trip super exciting or special. But when you grow up in Tennessee, where everything outside the state feels miles and miles away, getting to bus up, be touristy in the “Center of the Universe”, and bus back all in one day is pretty awesome.
Throughout the day, Anna, Rachel, and I made liberal use of instagram, using the hashtag Anna created–#lastminutenycadventure–to tag our photos. Let me take you through our day!
Hopefully you can make your own adventure to NYC soon. It’s worth it! Plus, a day is the perfect dose of the city without getting overwhelmed or tired of the street smell. Also, you don’t really have to use the subway. As my mom said when I told her our plans, “You’re not going to get on the subway, are you?” Walking got us everywhere we needed to go!