My USA East Coast Trip Bucket List

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It’s just two weeks until we head out to the States for our honeymoon, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve got all our travel and accommodation booked, but we’ve left our days free. I’m not usually very good at spontaneity, but I think this will be good for me! There are a few things I don’t want to miss, though… 

Walk the High Line 

I’ve heard so much about the High Line, and I’m excited to see it for myself! The High Line is a public park built on top of a historic rail line on Manhattan’s West Side, and is full of beautiful design, architecture and gardens. It’s a pretty cool concept, and seems like a fun way to while away an afternoon before heading to Chelsea Market for some food. 

Top of the Rock 

Last time I went to New York, we did the whole Empire State Building thing, which was pretty impressive (understatement of the year…). This time around, I want to take a trip to the Top of the Rock instead, because, of course, when you’re on top of the Empire State Building, you can’t see it! Plus, my love for 30 Rock makes me want to run around the Rockefeller Centre quoting Liz Lemon, which I won’t do lest Paul divorce me on our honeymoon, but I think admiring the view is the next best thing. Either way, I want to go to there. 

Go to a Rooftop Bar 

Is there anything more glamorous than a rooftop bar in New York? Or indeed, in any of the cities we’re planning to visit. This is our honeymoon, after all, and although we’re not particularly fancy people, we can definitely go for a swish cocktail or two whilst looking out over such a gorgeous city. This is an absolute must-do! 

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Catch a Game 

We’re lucky enough to be visiting some friends whilst we’re in Philadelphia, and they’re taking us to a baseball game – New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies. So, this one is a bit of a cheat for this list, since it’s already booked, but I am still psyched about it. Baseball games are such a big part of American pop culture, and I’m excited to see one for myself – even if I won’t know what on earth is going on – and to get myself a pile of stadium-style nachos. Go Phillies! 

See a Show 

I wanted to book a Broadway show in advance, but the cost seems ridiculously prohibitive. I’ve heard from so many people that it’s worth popping into the theatre on the day to see if you can grab a deal, so that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. I love a musical at the best of time, but on Broadway? Fuhgetaboutit! And, if worst comes to worst, we’ll just head to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for the next best thing… 

Try Some Food Trucks 

The best part of holidays is always the food, right? And I’m pretty sure that we’re going to get to gorge ourselves on some of the best food of our lives over the fortnight. I want real New York pizza. I want dirty burgers. I want lobster (no change there). And I want to check out the street food scene across the pond. I’ve already got a few in mind to try and track down, but when it comes to street food, I really can be spontaneous! 

Learn Something 

Last, but no means least! We’re going to some pretty historic places in the USA – Boston and Washington DC in particular – so it would be a waste not to pick up a little American History. I’m not super-touristy in that sense, I’m not fussed about museums but I think the Freedom Trail in Boston will be high on our list, and you can’t visit DC without at least seeing The White House!

I’d love to know your recommendations for Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Hit me! 

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