My first stop is Philly for two very important reasons: (1) despite it's proximity, I have never actually been and (2) one of my best friends from home just moved there. I'm only spending an overnight though so I want to make sure to pack in a few must-sees, including LOVE park (cheesy, I know), City Hall, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and the stairs of Philadelphia's Museum of Art. And possibly, just possibly, an insignificant bite of a Philly cheesesteak.
From there I'll go to Washington, D.C. for a night to stay with a group of girlfriends that will have just moved in. I've already done the touristy things thanks to a National Student Leadership Conference in high school (I'm a nerd) so I'm looking forward to a few "off the beaten path" spots, such as the Georgetown waterfront, U street, and a super secret speakeasy. By the way, besides my personal photo above, the others are courtesy of the NY Times website.
Afterwards, it's off to Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding Research Triangle. I would like to visit Museum Park (pictured above), the Eco-Junk store, and Eno River State Park. Also, if at any point during this planning series that you think of something I should really see, eat, or do, please don't hesitate to let me know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Then I'll briefly stay with family friends outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I have yet to get exact recommendations from a good friend of mine who spent two summers there, but as of now, I believe I will be hitting up the Colonnade and Decatur square. And last thing: if you'd like to make plans to meet for coffee, (in between or at the stops themselves), pretty please please please (with a cherry on top) send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for the here and now, I'm looking forward to another packed week filled with Yoga at the Great Lawn, a French dinner with an old friend, my little brother's graduation, and an NYC-initiation celebration with AXO sisters. While eating dinner last night, (salmon raviolis and salad), and flipping through VegNews, I also couldn't help but think about Miss Snackface (good luck vibes, baby) who I also plan on passing the wonderful week with. I may be a child for my constant need of life's many excitements, but I like it :).