New York – So much stuff it is unfair to other states

Seriously New York not fair. You have way too much stuff. And the stuff in that stuff? Come on – share it around a little.

New York has the American Museum of Natural History. Any other museum would kill to have just one of their exhibits. This is the definition of a natural history museum.

Then New York has the Met which you could easily spend a month looking at. It has an insane amount of historical, cultural and other stuff. Biggest complaint are that the floors are too hard so it hurts your feet trying to see all of the awesomeness.

Then New York has Broadway, which it doesn’t even matter which show you see, it is just a blast to see one.

Then New York has off-Broadway which lets you feel all cultural and cool and has genuinely challenging productions.

Then New York has Lady Liberty, great icon of Americanism.

Then New York has shopping and eating and other cool stuff.

New York should be made to share some of its riches with other states. It is way too much for one city!

Again, New York is something everyone should do. It has amazing stuff and the experience is ironically American.

Probably good from when kids are over 10 and people are young enough to be able to stand for a while. I am serious about the killer floors in the Met. Totally allow at least a week to experience New York and be prepared to spend some money.

I would give New York 9.2 out of 10.

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Connecticut – winding roads

Connecticut is basically what you would imagine. Lots of trees. Small towns. Cold.

Again, while I wouldn’t describe Connecticut as a wow state, it is lovely. Great place for a long weekend or as part of a toad trip of the area. I would go in winter or autumn as the trees and roads seem better suited to snow, cups of hot chocolate and heavy jackets.

I would rate Connecticut 6.8 out of 10.

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Massachusetts – still hard to spell

Boston is one of those places that everyone should go. It is steeped in the history of the nation and it is amazing that said history is so accessible. You can go and stand in the places where the American revolution really started. You get to appreciate the stories and respect the people behind them.

I found it particularly interesting to see the old south meeting house but everything along the freedom trail is interesting and worth visiting.

I also liked visiting Boston common, lots of squirrels!

I really liked Boston. It is a great city and fantastic for tourists. There is heaps to do and lots of great places to stay and good food to eat.

It would be a good place to take kids of about 10 to learn about the founding of the country.

We also visited Salem in Massachusetts. I liked Salem a lot less – doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Why are there so many witches in a place famous for wrongly persecuting witches?mass founding

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I would rate Massachusetts 8.7 out of ten.

Vermont – state with most apt name

Vermont as a word always reminds me of pancakes and open fires and small streets with lots of cool stores. My experience of Vermont was exactly that. It has that real feeling of taking a long weekend in winter and rugging up in a country b&b.

I enjoyed Vermont and would recommend it as a nice quick get away. Make sure you bring a car to bring home some of those cool purchases.

I would rate it as 6.7 out of ten. vermont coffee

Maine – important lesson

I was a but sad about Maine at the time. I was shocked by the level of homelessness and surprised that there wasn’t as much to do as expected. In retrospect I think I would may have enjoyed it more had I purchased a GPS first. You might think that you can just use your phone or whatever. Just spend the $100 because it will change your road tripping life.

I think if I were to go back to Maine I would probably try and visit somewhere a bit more iconic, go visit the beaches, etc. I am sure it is a great state, but the parts we saw were not amazing.

I would give it a 3 out of ten. Enjoyed the museum, but not a lot else sticks out.maine mermaid

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