Wednesday, July 30, 2008

August Agenda

I've put it off long enough. Time for my August agenda. 6 cities, 17 days, little money.
I will have little time in each city so I gotta only see the best!

July 31 - 11:15 pm Leave Toronto

August 1 - 3 - Boston
arrive 1:35 pm
I found a gay bookstore
How fantastic! They have a drag bar called Jacques, I must go! Friday show is at 10:15.
The Museum of Fine Arts is open til 9:45 pm! Actually I think I'll get the City Pass, 6 things for $45. Includes JFK Library, Skywalk, New England Aquarium, etc.
The Freedom Trail includes Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, Paul Revere's burial site, etc.
Aug 2 - 7:05 pm Red Sox game
Aug 3 - 1:35 pm Red Sox game
Oh heck, there's also the New England Holocaust Memorial and one of the oldest and largest bookstores in the US, Brattle Books. I'd better stop looking, I'm only there 3 days.
Leave Aug 4 at 12:01 pm, have bus ticket - buy Washington to Cleavland

August 4 - 6 Philadelphia
arrive 7 pm
Philadelphia has a city pass too. Attractions include the Zoo and the EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY, but otherwise not so much so I think I'll give this more expensive one a pass.
The EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY is a must! It's 2.5 miles from my hostel, the Trip Planner on the transit website says it will take 1.5 hours. What???? Guess I'm walking.
Features Al Caopne's cell:

The Rodin Museum is supposed to be good and The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the US.
Liberty Bell and Congress Hall sound good too.
The Civil War Library and Museum, I love Civil War stuff. It's only open Thursday-Sat and I'm not there then. What up wit' that?
August 5 - 7:05 pm Phillies game
Also America's oldest zoo
Leave Aug 7 at 10:45 am, $22.50

August 7 - 9 Balitimore
arrive 12:40 pm
The American Visionary Art Museum is funky and free from 5 to 9 on Thursday.
On August 7 there's a dinner theatre show of West Side Story. It's about $50. Vegan? Buffet dinner theatre? I'll think about it. I can't see it selling out.
August 8 - 7:05 pm Orioles game
August 9 Bare - The Musical at 8 pm
Apparently the Walters Art Museum is the shit and it's free!
Fort McHenry looks good.
The Washington Monument sounds popular as does the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Leave Aug 10 at 12:05 pm, $14.50

August 10-12 Washington
arrive 1:10 pm
Holocaust Memorial Museum is a MUST.
The Washington National Cathedral is the 6th largest in the world.
Aug 12 - 7:10 pm Nationals game
The White House, which I can't get in as I'm Canadian
I loved the Canadian National Postal Museum, so I must check out the American one as it's free
National Museum of Crime & Punishment looks cool too.
Also you may have heard of the Smithsonian.
Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot is closed until winter 2009.
Lambda Rising gay books is a must too.
Leave Aug 13 at 5:45 am, $39 7 day advance

August 13 Pittsburgh
arrive 12:20 pm
Check out Andy Warhol Museum
Aug 13 - 7:05 pm Pirates game
Leave Aug 14 at 8 am, $27

August 14-16 Cleveland
arrive 11:25 am
Aug 14 - 7:05 Indians game
Leave Aug 17 at 11:25 am, have bus ticket

Arrive home in Toronto August 17 6:45 pm


What to see said...


Walk past the JAke, of course - nice ball park.
Downtown is really nie to walk around during the day, in fact. Do not miss Tewrminal Tower and the Civil War monument.
Take a walking tour down to The Flats.
If you're there, you might as well go to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. There's a big Science Centre right next to it, but I can't vouch for it.

Figure out how to get from wherever you're staying to University Circle - the campus of Case Western is nice to wander around a bit (look for the Frank Gehry designed Peter B. Lewis Building) plus this is where all the museums are. The Art Museum is still under renovation (I think) but do look into it, if it's open, it's worth seeing. The Natural History Museum is okay. I recommend the Conservatory.

liz & adrian said...

Yay, Philadelphia and the eastern state penitentiary! It's creepy fun and worth it also the art gallery there is good plus it's where Rocky ran up the stairs which adrian insists you have to do.

We had a great time in Pittsburgh but that's because we ran into John Waters about 5 five times while we were there and I wasn't even stalking him. But the Warhol Museum was great.