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Old 01-27-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
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As a teacher I have a few weeks off in March that my kids (5th grade, twins) don't have. Sometimes we like to pull them out of school to get somewhere warm but in order to do that we feel like we should do something school related. When they were studying Washington DC we stayed there for a few days, when they studied US geography we followed the Lewis and Clark Trail. Now they are studying the 13 colonies. Our route would be south from Connecticut. Anyone have any particular favorite sites that we could visit? Seems like a natural fit to get us to sunny Florida in March.

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Old 01-27-2019, 02:18 PM   #2
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Kitty Hawk (NC outer banks) is a must see historical site IMHO. Charleston is another must. Savanah is pretty decent, not on the must list, but pretty decent. Continuing down the east coast, be sure to stop in Saint Augustine, oldest city in the US, original fort with tours, old town downtown district, nice state park in Saint Augustine Beach if you can get a reservation. If you go more inland, then you have Kings Mountain NP with Kings Mountain state park with camping right next to it. Battle of Kings Mountain was an important one in the Revolutionary War. Cowpens is another revolutionary war site nearby.
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A little more info on the NC Outer Banks.

Wright Brothers National Memorial https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site https://www.nps.gov/fora/index.htm

The Lost Colony (The play will not be open in March but you can view the grounds and walk through the amphitheater) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/histo...ist-180962837/

Jockey's Ridge State Park is the largest 'living' sand dune on the east coast. I have never met a kid who didn't enjoy jumping/falling/rolling down its face https://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park

Drive the full length of Hwy 12 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Highway_12

Stopping at the Bodie Island Lighthouse https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm

And the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (climb one or both if open) https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/chls.htm

Taking the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry (free) https://www.outerbanks.com/hatteras-ocracoke-ferry.html

The from Ocracoke to Cedar Island on another ferry (gotta pay for this one) https://www.visitnc.com/listing/9wpx...ocracoke-ferry

Continue along the coast to Wilmington and the USS North Carolina Home ⋆ Battleship NC

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Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia would seem to fit the bill. Plan to spend the day.
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:46 AM   #5
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Colonial Williamsburg is fun and educational.
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Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, after that, Bush Gardens maybe be open. The Plantations on Route 5. Look up Plantations in Virginia.
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I recommend Charleston and Beaufort South Carolina. I am prejudiced though since I once lived in Charleston.
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...Seems like a natural fit to get us to sunny Florida in March.

Thanks,
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I didnít realize Florida was one of the 13 original colonies.
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Kings Mountain National Military Park has some Revolutionary war history, and from there it's a short trip to GA. GA Veterans state park has a museum with artifacts reaching back to the Revolutionary war, and lots of history in GA.
Philadelphia, PA is a great place for history in the downtown Independence Square, very walkable to all the historic buildings, and Valley Forge is just to the West.
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If you're looking for historical significance, then you must stop at Fort Monroe (Hampton, Virginia) & Colonial Williamsburg. This is the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of African slaves in the 13 Colonies.
Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum is excellent & free, too.
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions! A very timely thread, as I'm starting to plan a trip now. My planning consists mainly of places, but not so much on timing or reservations. When reservations are needed, I make them with plenty of room in-between so we don't have to hurry or skip spur-of-the-moment side trips. It's delightful to not be in a hurry these days.
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Forgot to mention that Fort Monroe was also where the first slaves were "freed" during the Civil War by being declared "Contraband of war", which led to the Emancipation Proclamation.
If you don't have much time in each place as you wend your way down to Florida, I would suggest you do the Fort, as Colonial Williamsburg & Jamestown/Yorktown should each be given a full day at least.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:45 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I've started a google maps and it's already looking pretty full!
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:50 PM   #15
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Thanks again for all the advice. We visited the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space museum, Mt. Vernon, Myrtle Beach, King's Mountain and Cowpens and finally Asheville, NC and Chattanooga, TN. Great two weeks.
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Just seeing this post now, I was thinking to suggest Mount Vernon, so good to see you made it there. Sounds like a good group of places to visit.
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