The eastern United States free travel & group tour literacy strategy! (Itinerary + Map)

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When it comes to the United States, the first thing that comes to mind may be Washington, the political center, which is equivalent to Beijing in China; New York, the economic center, which is equivalent to Shanghai in China; Philadelphia, the historical and cultural capital, which is equivalent to Nanjing in China; and Boston, the gathering place for world-renowned schools. It has always been the first choice for foreign tourists.

one. Wikipedia of popular cities in the eastern United States

  1. New York Keywords: Wall Street, Fashion, Manhattan, Statue

of Liberty , all who come to New York to play are those who are interested in prosperous cities and fashion trends, because this is the financial center of the world, and more than one-third of the top 500 companies in the United States have their headquarters. It is located in Manhattan; at the same time, New York is also the gathering place for global fashion and beauty masters, as well as the concentration of conferences for various top brands. Take a walk down Fifth Avenue or check out the billboards in Times Square to catch the latest trends.

  1. Washington Keywords: Political and Cultural Center President

The White House gathers important buildings of the U.S. government agencies, and is also a landmark building worth visiting. As well as various museums and memorials, Washington Memorial Hall, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial Sculpture Group.

  1. Philadelphia Keywords: City of History and Culture Independence Palace Liberty Bell

Before Washington, Philadelphia was the ancient capital of the United States and was known as the cradle of the American Revolution, retaining many important relics and buildings during the independence period: Independence Palace, Declaration of Independence, Independence bell wait…

  1. Boston Keywords: Academic City Harvard MIT

Boston was not on our list of tours at first, but after learning that there are three Ivy League universities, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT, I immediately decided that it must not be. If you miss this talent cultivation base in the United States, you can’t be a scholar, you can go and see the life of a scholar.

  1. Buffalo Keywords: Buffalo Niagara Falls Museum

There is only one reason to come to Buffalo – Niagara Falls, which is one of the seven wonders of the world that elementary school textbooks have learned. Moreover, it is the border between the United States and Canada. The most interesting thing is to stand on the other side of the Great Falls and look at the other country on the other side.

two. Freestyle play in Greater New York

When visiting New York, don’t just visit the landmarks. Be sure to visit the world’s museums, galleries and performing arts centers, as well as the malls of the biggest names in fashion.

  1. The Empire State Building must be climbed to the top, overlooking Manhattan from a high altitude!

The Empire State Building is also one of the classic landmarks of New York. It is the skyscraper that has maintained the status of the tallest building in the world for the longest time, with a total of 102 floors and a height of 443.18 meters including the antenna. This is the location of many movies and TV series, “King Kong”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Gossip Girl” and so on…

For Chinese tourists, there is also an official guide to the Empire State Building on the App with Chinese explanations. After downloading, you can choose Mandarin service. There is a free unlimited WIFI link on the second floor, which broadcasts scenic spots and scenery explanations according to the location.

Special recommendation: E-ticket for sightseeing floor on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.

After the reservation is successful, you will receive an e-ticket, which can be saved and presented when you reach the top. And it is valid for 12 months, and can be used at any time from 8:00 am to 1:00 am on any day within the validity period.

After visiting the Empire State Building, you can walk to the United Nations Headquarters, visit the internal archives and conference rooms, gain an in-depth understanding of the history and functions of the United Nations, and unveil the mystery of the United Nations~ But you must make an appointment in advance, as the number of daily Chinese tour groups is limited~

  1. Feel the magic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, France, and the Leningrad Art Museum in Russia are also known as the world’s four major art museums, with a total collection of 3 million exhibits. It is now the world’s premier large-scale museum.

There are nine exhibition halls in the entire museum. If you look at all of them in one day, you will not have enough time. If you only have half a day, the most worthwhile one must visit the Asian exhibition hall. Among them, there are the Buddhist murals of the Yuan Dynasty in my country, “The Pharmacist” and Henan. The relief “Emperor and Empress Bowing to Buddha” in Binyang Cave of Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang. There is also the overall Suzhou-style garden “Ming Xuan” copied from China, with every flower and one tree, it is also original. There are more than 10,000 Chinese cultural relics and works of art in the Metropolitan Museum, including calligraphy and painting, bronze ware, jade ware, lacquer ware, porcelain ware, gold and silver ware, and so on. The African Pavilion museum also has a large collection of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine and Islamic art. For example, there are quite excellent Chinese collections in the pavilion, ‘Chinese Buddhist sculpture collection’ and so on.

In addition, you can also download the official APP, which will introduce various floors and exhibits, which is more convenient and quicker at a glance. For those who don’t have the convenience of using a cell phone, the museum also offers “tape guide headsets” for rent, a paid service for $7. Available in English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. You can get free guide maps in Chinese and English at the Dayuantai Information Desk at the entrance.

The Metropolis has opened up 400,000 historical pictures to provide free download services. Users who like to collect historical photos must go and see them. They can download and save them on their own computers.

  1. The Statue of Liberty cannot be seen from a distance, and the cruise ship feels Free Style
    The Statue of Liberty is the most popular attraction in New York, so be sure to queue up in the morning when there are not many people. The first shift is from 8:30 to 9:00. If you catch up, you can board the boat after a while; If you catch the flight that will take more than an hour, you can go to the nearby Wall Street first to see the world’s largest bank, the New York Stock Exchange, and the huge copper bull, the symbol of Wall Street.

If there are three kinds of tickets to go to the island

1) Only the island ticket: including cruise + Liberty Island landing + audio guide + Ellis Island;

2) Island landing + landing on the base of the statue: (that is, the piece at the foot of the Statue of Liberty): Take the elevator from the bottom of the statue to the top of the pedestal. The pedestal is a hall, which is currently the American Immigration Museum, which houses a movie theater showing films about the life of immigrants in the early days of the United States.

3) Landing on the island + Crown on the top: After the tour on the base level, follow the inner 171-level spiral staircase to climb to the crown on the top. The crown can accommodate 40 people at the same time, and there are 25 small iron windows around, each window is almost 1 meter high. Looking out through the window, you can see the high-rise buildings of Manhattan Island to the east; the endless New York Bay to the south; and the Hudson River to the north, stretching into the distance. Route map to the island by boat : Battery Park – Liberty Island – Ellis Island – Battery Park.

  1. Trinity Church, Gothic Revival

Trinity Church is an old parish church in the Anglican Diocese of New York and is considered a classic example of Gothic Revival architecture.

  1. Feel the financial center of the world – Wall Street

The NYSE, Nasdaq, Amex, Nymex, and NYSE are still headquartered on Wall Street.

In Bowling Green Park near Wall Street, there is also a bronze bull statue symbolizing the bullishness of the stock market, which is also a symbol of Wall Street and is visited by tourists all year round.

  1. Come to Fifth Avenue for big-name shopping!

Here are famous brand stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s New York; and World Top designer boutiques, Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Bvlgari, Cartier; and other specialized services for private customization shop.

The red line, blue line and green line in the picture are the famous main street near Fifth Avenue. You can visit various world-class specialty stores and major department stores along the route in the picture.

  1. Rockefeller Center – the best observation deck in New York

The whole New York has a panoramic view! Rockefeller Center is a symbol of American prosperity and economic strength, as well as a commercial and entertainment center of interest in urban architecture. This modernist building is a landmark that embodies capitalism.

  1. USS Intrepid Museum

The museum is actually an aircraft carrier and a symbol of a military power. For military fans, this is a must-see museum. It also served as the temporary headquarters of the FBI.

The large exhibition hall in the hangar is divided into several sections, and the area is spectacular. From the bow to the stern are the theater (showing the film of the ship’s operation), the US Navy Hall (displaying the uniforms, equipment of the US Navy, and many ceiling cranes) Military aircraft), Intrepid Hall (exhibits naval warfare historical relics during World War II), Pioneer Hall (exhibits pioneers of naval aviation), Science and Technology Hall (exhibits space technology such as the moon landing space program) and restaurants; Other small exhibition areas are scattered throughout. On the lower deck is the smaller D-Day showroom, the same as the Soviet Union’s showroom during World War II.

Among them, the most famous is a SR-71 “Blackbird” retired in 1990 in the Hall of Intrepid – the highest flying and fastest reconnaissance aircraft in the United States; another must not be missed is the world-famous British and French The joint “Concorde”; the aircraft carrier hangar in the lower deck exhibition hall displays ambulance helicopters, as well as places for living, entertainment and living. The most interesting thing is that visitors can test drive the experience. In the Discovery Museum on the lower deck, visitors can take a real Bell 47 helicopter and operate the wings of the aircraft.

  1. Known as the “crossroads” of the world – Times Square

There are many Broadway theaters, a large number of dazzling neon light tube advertisements, and large-screen billboards, which have become deeply rooted in the hearts of the people and become a symbol of New York, reflecting the strong urban character of Manhattan. It’s also a live broadcast of the national show Good Morning, America. There are also specialty stores such as Toys”R”Us and Hershey’s.

  1. The world’s top concerts are on Broadway!

Broadway (Broadway) is a 25-kilometer long street running through Manhattan from south to north, and the center is near Times Square on 42nd Street. There are many famous theaters on both sides, showing the most exciting musicals in the world every night.

Three must-see Broadway musicals!

① “The Phantom of the Opera” is based on the thriller novel by French writer Gaston Leroux in 1910, and revolves around a disfigured musical genius – the ghost of the opera house that roams the catacombs of the Paris Opera House.

Recommended reason : A classic among classics, the longest-running show in Broadway history! From the actors’ performances to the stage design is impeccable.

Suitable for the crowd : original movie fans, couples, families

③ “The Lion King” : The Lion King (Lion King) the animal kingdom of the African savannah, its theme transcends any culture and national boundaries. The old lion king’s teaching to his son (little lion king Simba) may seem simple, but it is actually full of profound philosophy: the cycle of life, the rise and fall of all things, everything must follow the laws of nature.

Recommended reason : Won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1998, the pinnacle of costume design!

Suitable for the crowd : children, audiences who are new to musicals

  1. Lincoln Center for the Arts – the world’s top art palace

The Lincoln Center is the largest art venue in the world; as the center of New York’s classical music industry, it is the stage that all artists dream of, and it is also the New York cultural center that brings together theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and outdoor concert halls. It is not only a high-level art event venue in the United States, but also has a high level of recognition in the world’s art halls for its high standards and artistic influence. Excellent artists from all over the world are proud to perform here. The Lincoln Center for the Arts took the initiative to open its doors to Chinese national artists only twice, once to Mei Lanfang and once to Peng Liyuan. In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, “Mulan Psalm” was invited by the Lincoln Center for the Arts in the United States to perform in New York on September 18, 2005, achieving great success and unprecedented pomp.

When you come to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the best experience is to watch a performance. The Metropolitan Opera House is home to the Metropolitan Opera Company and the American Ballet Company; Alice Dolly Hall is the home of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and The center of the New York Film Festival; the New York State Theater is home to the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera; Avery Fisher Hall is home to the New York Philharmonic, leading performers at Lincoln Center, Mozart Concerts and Jazz at Lincoln Center Local; The Juilliard School is a world-renowned school of drama and music that has produced many stars…

  1. New York City Pass Recommendation

Introduce 2 kinds of city packages, covering the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Times Square, various modern art museums and other major New York attractions.
The benefits of the New York Explorer Pass:

  1. Cost-effective, the pass includes tickets for nearly 57 attractions, one-day tours, and discounts or discounts for experience activities. 1-day tour suggestion.
  2. Can be combined arbitrarily, according to the number of items included in the pass, you can choose all the attractions and tourist items included at will!
  3. It’s easy and worry-free. After the pass is redeemed, there is a detailed Chinese/English version of the pass usage guide, which contains the detailed information of all the fun items of the pass. There is no need to queue up to buy tickets, just scan the code to enter the park, which is convenient and fast.

If you are on a 1-day tour, it is recommended to purchase the 3 attractions of the New York Explorer Travel Pass. The Statue of Liberty Cruise + Island, the Empire State Building, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are the first choice. At other times, you can continue to walk on Wall Street, the United Nations, and the fifth Avenue, Times Square~~ If you buy these three tickets separately, you will spend at least 550 yuan, and the pass will save you 20%.

If you are in New York for 2 days, it is recommended that you purchase 5 attractions to choose from. In addition to the first recommended attractions, if you like shopping, you can choose to go to Woodbury, the largest brand outlet center in the eastern United States, but this will take a whole day. If you don’t like shopping, you can go to the landmark Rockefeller Center and visit the American Museum of Natural History, the third largest in the United States.

If you are in New York for more than 3 days, you can buy a pass for 7 attractions or 10 attractions, and take a sightseeing bus to slowly experience this fashionable city.

New York City Pass Benefits of New York City Pass:

  1. Includes discounts or discounts for 6 most classic attractions, one-day tours, and experience activities!
  2. Freedom of choice, according to the number of items included in the purchased pass, you can freely choose all the attractions and tourist items included!
  3. The guide is detailed. After the pass is redeemed, a detailed English version of the pass usage guide will be given, which contains the detailed information of all the fun items of the pass.
  4. New York special experience

If you want to experience a different New York, want to ‘off the beaten track’, and feel the limit and speed, then the following special experiences should be more suitable for you!

① Helicopter

Can accommodate up to 7 people, you can see the Statue of Liberty up close, overlooking New York City, the Empire State Building, Governors Island and Ellis Islands!

②Live ammunition

Recommend the only ‘six-star shooting range’ in New Jersey [Gun For Hire] . More than ten firearms instructors are members of the American Firearms Association, providing professional training and care for the experiencers; there are Glock pistols (or other pistols of the same caliber) in the shooting range. ) and M41A semi-automatic rifles (or other rifles of the same category). The package includes a 9mm caliber pistol rifle, 3 special targets for the shooting range, and a box of 9mm bullets (50 rounds), which is suitable for those who are shooting for the first time.

③It is no longer a dream to fly a high-altitude plane

into the sky. The flight instructors authorized by the FAA (FAA) teach 1-on-1. You can feel that you are the captain of a private plane, and you can enjoy the best front view and enjoy flying alone and high-altitude Long Island. Double sensory enjoyment of the view! 15 minutes of ground explanation, 45 minutes of flight driving experience, take turns driving with the same plane partner, and experience the aerial viewing from different perspectives. There is no need for a pilot’s license and flying experience, and a first flight certificate can be obtained after the end.

  1. Food that you must not miss if you love traveling!

①Michelin restaurant Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

The only restaurant in the Brooklyn area with three Michelin stars. There are only 18 seats outside the open kitchen. Chef Cesar Ramirez cooks the restaurant’s special recommended set menu for guests, with more than 20 courses (small plates). If you want to taste the dishes of this restaurant, you often have to make reservations 6 weeks in advance. Guests cannot know the menu in advance. The mysterious delicacy changes every day. Until the moment of dining, surprises will burst from the tip of the guests’ tongues. Average spending per person is $225 (excluding tip and GST).

② Daniel (Michelin French food)

Star Chef Daniel Boulud is one of New York’s most famous chefs and the city’s longest-acclaimed four-star chef. The style of the restaurant is much like a French bistro, gorgeous but not too ostentatious. For friends who want to try Michelin three stars, it is recommended to try his “early supper prix fixe menu” (starter + main course + dessert + 3 glasses of wine, $133 per person excluding tip and tax), only Monday to Thursday nights From 5:30 to 6:00, go to the restaurant to choose the special package.

③ Cruise with romantic dinner cruise

Departing from Chelsea Harbor in New York, the glass viewing cruise can see iconic sights such as the Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more. Enjoy a three-course dinner with live musicians on board.

Different from the Chinese, the West pays more attention to the New Year of the Gregorian calendar, and there are often many special events and fireworks shows on the night of New Year’s Eve. If you have the chance, in a foreign country, taking a night cruise ship to watch the fireworks blooming in the sky in the distance, and counting down with passengers from all over the world to welcome the arrival of the New Year, it must be very unforgettable!

  1. Woodbury Brand Direct

As the largest brand discount store in the east of the United States, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is an irresistible shopping mecca. Here we can get 20% off Gucci, half off Coach bags, $20 Levi’s jeans and even 20% off Adidas and Nike ) sports products. Usually Woodbury Outlets will have more discounts than genuine stores, and if it falls on Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, there will be additional discounts.

three. old city philadelphia

  1. The stately Old U.S. Capitol

The Old Capitol Building in Philadelphia used to be the seat of the U.S. Congress and was the first office building of the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Constitution was also formulated here.

  1. Independence Palace, the birthplace of the United States

Independence Palace is the starting point of the independence of the United States from the United Kingdom. The Declaration of Independence was adopted here, and the United Charter (or Federal Constitution) was discussed, drafted, and adopted here. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the American Revolution, the cradle of the United States of America, and the witness of mankind’s pursuit of freedom and democracy.

Four. free exercise in washington

  1. Lincoln Memorial – America’s Eternal Statue and Washington City Symbol

The Lincoln Memorial was built to commemorate the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and has staged numerous speeches and parades that changed American history, including Martin Luther King’s famous speech “I have a dream” here in 1963. .

  1. Re-take the road of war

The monument commemorates the American soldiers and generals who died in the Vietnam War. The black marble wall engraves the names of more than 57,000 American soldiers who died in the war between 1959 and 1975 in order of the date of each death.

  1. Veterans Memorial

It commemorates the American and United Nations soldiers who died in the June 1950 conflict. Part of the building is a large black granite wall with soldiers’ faces inscribed on its surface. The other part consists of 19 sculptures of soldiers on the move.

  1. Step into the stately Capitol Hill!

Capitol Hill is the legislature of the separation of powers in the United States. Americans regard it as the highest symbol of government by the people, by the people, and for the people.

  1. The White House, the official residence of successive U.S. presidents

The White House is the place where the President of the United States and his family live and live. It is also the place where the President of the United States officially receives foreign leaders and invites them to share a state banquet. Now you only need to book tickets 6 months to 21 days in advance, you can take the coveted self-guided tour of the White House and see the White House style.

  1. Go on a tour of 007 at the National Spy Museum!

It is a private museum that displays various spy equipment and the history of espionage activities. It is the largest museum in the world that collects spy equipment from different countries.

Tourists can choose a fictitious identity for themselves, and remember the details of this identity in the shortest time. They are required to crack the password within the specified time, identify the connection location, and let the tourists walk into the virtual hotel lobby. spy. What’s more exciting is that “Spy School” will also teach you to install phone bugs, disguise, use spy cameras and other camouflage tricks. After the tour, the most interesting thing is that you can buy a fake spy device home for an inexpensive price.

  1. Exploring the American Air Base – National Air and Space Museum

The most exciting part of the collection is the famous spacecraft in the history of American spaceflight. These big guys are definitely the only one, because many of them are real objects that have been in space rather than replicas.

five. Buffalo

  1. Experience the world’s largest waterfall – Niagara Falls

The waterfall spans Canada and the United States, and a border bridge is built over the Niagara River, known as the Rainbow Bridge, which is shared by the United States and Canada. The two countries have set up their own customs beside the bridge, and the bridge is also divided according to the border of Hanoi, one end belongs to Canada, the other end belongs to the United States.

six. Boston

  1. Go all the way through Boston

It is recommended to take the red line subway to Harvard University, from here to start the Boston tour. The route is as follows:

Part1: Wander around the top schools and feel the Ivy League atmosphere.

Harvard University has a campus tour, you can register on the spot, and let students or staff lead a tour of the campus; the most famous building in Massachusetts is the Great Dome, which is a majestic building supported by giant columns at the bottom of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Iconic building. Another must mention is the Computer Science Center, which is worth a stop.

Part2: City Cultural Exploration, Stroll Like a Local!

Trinity Church is in front of the Meiwei Building of the Boston Public Library. It is an elegant Gothic retro-style church and one of the top ten buildings in the hearts of the American people; Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States, and there are often speakers. Performing with musicians, you can also enjoy free Wi-Fi, and you can take a special swan boat to swim on Swan Lake every summer; Quincy Market can taste all kinds of local delicacies, and the 2nd floor of Faneuil Hall is also held all year round. There are various exhibitions, and there are various styles of music and dance performances on the streets.

  1. Boston city pass recommendation

Boston has 2 city packages that include museums, historical tours and other popular attractions. Below is a detailed introduction list. Can be purchased according to time and interest.

  1. Boston Lobster Meal Legal Sea Foods

This seafood restaurant is very famous in the United States and has chain branches all over the country. The seafood selected in the restaurant is very fresh, generally the freshest fresh off the fishing boat. Their store’s slogan is “If it isn’t Fresh, it isn’t Legal!” “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t legal!”

seven. City series with group play method

Maybe you are tired of finding the route and book the flight and hotel; maybe you are worried that the safety factor of traveling alone/small group is too low; maybe you are afraid of paying high travel costs; , you might as well try the lazy game-tour with a group. The following are some group tour recommendations~ (including classic routes and special theme routes)

  1. 6-day tour of the classic routes of many cities in the northeast
  2. 8-day in-depth route recommendation in the northeast

Compared with the six-day classic tour, this itinerary includes an island tour (Rhode Island) and a campus tour (Yale University), which is more suitable for tourists who have a long travel time or have visited the classic attractions and want to explore the eastern United States more deeply.

  1. Recommended small group tours
  2. Short-distance in-depth tour route

The following routes include outlet shopping, in-depth tours of Philadelphia and Washington, and visits to prestigious schools such as Harvard and MIT:

  1. Don’t follow the group to personalize

Of course, if you feel that you don’t have enough time to travel with a group, the scenic route cannot meet your needs. You can also choose a customized tour, a special car and a special guide service, and all the itineraries can be adjusted according to your vacation rhythm. Playing well and worry-free is the real vacation!

All in all, I wish you a great time and a lot of fun!