Rest Stops

Rest Stop: Days Inn – Charlottesville, Virginia

Our final night in Virginia was spent at the Days Inn in Charlottesville.  Much like all of the other Days Inns we had visited, the hotel was clean and comfortable.  Boats, bridges, and cars all added up over time, made me pretty ill by this point in the trip.  In addition to this, I had… Continue reading Rest Stop: Days Inn – Charlottesville, Virginia

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The State House

The State House: Virginia

After leaving Williamsburg, we drove to Richmond to see the capitol of Virginia.  Richmond followed the pattern of capitols surrounded by one-way streets and no public parking.  Finally finding a parking garage, it turned out to be blocked off for construction.  We then discovered some on-street parking, but all spots were full.  Suffering from a… Continue reading The State House: Virginia

Moments in History

Moments in History: Colonial Williamsburg

If you had asked me before we left on our Southeast Road Trip which one place I was most excited to visit, I would have answered Colonial Williamsburg.  We planned to spend an entire day here and I purchased tickets online before we left.  Before I can review Colonial Williamsburg fairly, I have to tell… Continue reading Moments in History: Colonial Williamsburg

Rest Stops

Rest Stop: Super 8 – Williamsburg, Virginia

Spending the morning in the rain followed by a spontaneous boat tour left us exhausted and needing a good night's rest.  After leaving Norfolk, we drove west to Williamsburg, Virginia.  This Super 8 ended our tour of this chain for the trip.  Unfortunately, I super tired and not feeling well, I didn’t remember to take… Continue reading Rest Stop: Super 8 – Williamsburg, Virginia

Moments in History

Moments in History: Norfolk Naval Station

Thank you, Mother Nature.  Getting stuck in the rain at Wright Brothers National Historical Site, forced us to cancel our plans for a 45-minute bus tour of Norfolk Naval Station, which seriously disappointed C.  It worked to our advantage, though.  While waiting out the rain, I researched the area and found a boat tour of… Continue reading Moments in History: Norfolk Naval Station

Moments in History

Moments in History: Battleship Wisconsin

Sometimes spontaneity pays off.  When our plans for a 1:30p.m. bus tour of Norfolk Naval Station fell through, I made a last minute change in plans and scheduled something else for 5:30p.m. in Norfolk, Virginia.  As we drove north from Kitty Hawk, I hopped online to find something else to do in downtown Norfolk, preferably… Continue reading Moments in History: Battleship Wisconsin

Moments in History

Moment in History: Wright Brothers National Memorial

Driving up from Kill Devil Hills, the Wright Brothers National Memorial is visible for miles and miles.  This towering monument in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, commemorates the first airplane flight.     Arriving at the gates, the ranger informed us that the main visitor center was closed for renovation, a fact I had already discovered thanks… Continue reading Moment in History: Wright Brothers National Memorial

Rest Stops

Rest Stop: Best Western Ocean Front – Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

After leaving Cape Hatteras fairly late, we drove north to our night's stop.  Our hotel for the night was the Best Western Ocean Front in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.  We arrived in our “room”, which was supposed to have an ocean view.  Excited to see the view, we threw open the curtains, ran out… Continue reading Rest Stop: Best Western Ocean Front – Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Off the Beaten Path

Off The Beaten Path: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Thanks to bridge construction, the next part of our trip almost didn't happen.  It was scheduled, planned, booked, etc, but while we visited rocket ships in Alabama, the Outer Banks lost power.  All of the Outer Banks, including our destination: Cape Hatteras National Seashore.        While contractors were digging the pilings for a new… Continue reading Off The Beaten Path: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Moments in History

Moments in History: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Raleigh City, North Carolina, on Roanoke Island, is home to the fourth fort in our East Coast Fort Tour.  Fifth if you count Fort Moultrie, which we did not visit but saw from across the bay at Fort Sumter.  So up to this point we had seen: Fort Jefferson, Fort Frederica, Fort Moultrie, and Fort… Continue reading Moments in History: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site