2 years ago, one of my best friends, Dani and I wen’t on what we called our “TLC” road trip. The plan: visit all the popular TLC show states… we had to cut some out, but we settled on Washington DC (DC Cupcakes), New York (Say Yes To The Dress – though we never ended up there) & New Jersey (Cake Boss). We hit minor bumps along the way, but all in all, it’s a trip I will NEVER forget; the things we experienced and memories we made will be with me forever.
A month before we were set to go, we sat down and decided where & what we wanted to do. We decided rather than spend a lot of money on hotel we wouldn’t spend much time in, we opted to stay in hostels. This turned out to be perfect – they were clean and secure. (Note the key I have on my wrist.. it’s for the lock for my locker.)
Starting at 4 am Monday June 13th, we headed for Washington! It was about a 9 hour drive – stopping along the way to get breakfast in “Dansville” at a McDonalds that was beside their city airport, getting lunch in a small town (can’t remember where), and to get Dani a prepaid cell phone ( I had added a states package onto my existing phone).
Once we got there, we checked in, unpacked and were on our way – we wanted to see AS MUCH as we could in 4 days! In those 4 days we went everywhere:
- Lincoln Memorial (reflecting pool under construction)
- Capitol Building
- National Aquarium (I find “Big Al’s” store more entertaining with more fish and it’s free)
- Washington Monument
- White House (obviously)
- Mount Vernon (George Washington’s plantation)
I am probably forgetting a couple of things, it was a busy 4 days. Though we had a car, we only drove to Arlington and Mount Veron – everywhere else, we walked and walked, when we were too tired to walk any more – we rented bikes.
After visiting Arlington, we went to Georgetown to pay a visit to Georgetown Cupcakes. To this day – these are still the best cupcakes I have EVER had! ( So good in fact; Dani, Janine and I did what we called a “Micro Road Trip”. We drove 9 hours there and back in 24 hours to get cupcakes – for my mom for Christmas.) Still one of the craziest things we’ve ever done along with some crazy stories! * I’ll be posting about that trip soon*
If you go to Georgetown, stop by for an amazing bite of heaven!
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Our drive to New York was a little less than perfect. Our GPS had “avoid tolls” programmed, so apparently, the only way to get to NY was to go back through Canada and around – making a 4 hour drive 16 hours. Luckily Dani realized something was very wrong about 4 hours and 20 minutes in. I should probably mention we planned to arrive 3 hours before my tattoo appointment – we were now cutting it CLOSE. Back on track, we made it to the lincoln tunnel (in rush hour) – we now had an hour and a half until my appointment. A left, right and another left turn led us to being selected (at random) to be pulled over for some sort of ID check – we weren’t catching any breaks. We made it to the YMCA hostel about 45 minutes before my appointment, checked in and then we were rushing to figure out where we were going. Needless to say – it worked out in the end.
We did as much as we could in New York (we had previously been there so we did things we hadn’t before):
- Got my tattoo
- Dani got her hair done
- Went to Chinatown
- Went to Soho
- 4 hour walk around Central Park
- Went to the Central Park Zoo
- Battery Park
- Saw MIB 3 being filmed (more about that, down below)
- Went to Carlo’s Bakery (In NJ, just including it here)
- WALKED … A LOT
On one of our last days in NY, we decided we’d try to go to see the Statue of Liberty (unfortunately, we had missed the last ferry of the day). While walking, I had just finished saying how I was surprised we hadn’t seen any celebrities – as NY is second to LA for celebrity sightings. When we noticed a lot of old cars, a blocked off road, and cameras… it was the MIB set!
We watched for about an hour and a half – because it was the first time either of us had seen a movie set – we ended up leaving because it was getting dark and we had no idea where we were going.
We saw a lot of interesting people and things, I couldn’t have asked for a better trip with anyone else! ♡
Tips for your road trip:
- Get an oil change before you go
- Budget gas (average price, how far you’re going to go, how far you can get on a tank of gas)
- PLAN ahead! (what you’re going to do, costs involved, where you’re going to stay, restaurants etc)
- TELL YOUR BANK (make sure your bank knows where you’re going and takes off any withdrawal limits)
- Double check before you leave! (I forgot some accessories in one of the lockers…)
- Take an emergency car kit! (You never know)