View Full Version : Places to go - pictures to get?

Phill D
07-28-2008, 11:31 PM
I'll be taking the family on a quick tour of the US East coast cities soon & as I'll have limited time and family in tow wondered if anyone with more local knowledge than me could suggest places to photograph. We will be doing the touristy sites generally but just wondered if people could share their local knowledge of unusual sites & best vantage points, times of day etc. We will be visiting Washington, New York, Niagara Falls and Boston. We wont be getting a hire car so will be limited to whatever we can get to on foot/public transport. I guess this is going to be a pretty busy two weeks so any local tips would be much appreciated.

Phill D
07-30-2008, 10:28 PM
No one with local knowledge to share?

07-30-2008, 11:58 PM
Sorry, already told you everything I know about New York ;)

07-31-2008, 01:02 AM
Sorry, I wish I could help!

07-31-2008, 06:31 AM
When I was last in Washington DC, I took more photos in one day then I have ever done, and it was raining hard. Lots of monuments and buildings, etc.

Boston is loaded with history, much from the early days when we were still part of the UK. Take a Duck Tour or a "Trolley Tour". Walk the Freedom Trail. In the Public Gardens there are the Swan Boats, statues and flowers.

Boston is a walking city. Most everything is nearby even the waterfront.

Enjoy your visit.

Phill D
07-31-2008, 10:40 PM
Thanks guys I've been looking through some guide books & I know I'll be spolied for choice. Really looking forward to this holiday. Hope to make a visit to B&H in New york to get some filters as well. I've got 5 Gb of CF memory for the Oly & about 6Gb of SD memory for the Pannys - doesn't sound enough though from what you say especially if I have a go at Raw.
If anyone has any more location suggestions feel free to post.

08-02-2008, 07:21 AM
You might find some interesting places in Washington D.C. I managed to sneak a closeup of a Bald Eagle at the D.C. Zoo?


A tip I'd offer would be to get to scenic attractions EARLY, before the crowds mount. Here's a photo of the Lincoln Memorial (one of my all-time favorite monuments) taken at 6:30 AM:


Another photo of the same thing, taken after dark:


See all the people?

My D.C. tour was a couple of years ago, when all I had with me was my TZ1. One very fun thing I did was to sign up for a Segway tour of the "Mall," which provided some unique perspectives on standard D.C. views. By the way, here's (http://John-Reed.smugmug.com/gallery/1615491_xgVn5#P-1-30) a link to my entire D.C. gallery. Enjoy your trip, and don't forget to shoot inside museums and galleries when you can, it can be rewarding as well.

Phill D
08-02-2008, 10:51 PM
John good to hear from you & thanks for the help. That is a fantastic shot of the eagle, I've definately put the zoo on our visit list. Your other shots of Washington are really good too, you've given me some good pointers there thanks. I suspect it will be very hot so getting up for early visits having a rest mid day then adding evening visits is probably going to be the way to do it. At least until we just crash out for a day with exhaustion as there looks to be so much to see & do. Not sure what a Segway tour is I'll have to google that one. Thanks again.

08-02-2008, 11:12 PM
first word of advice for DC: take the metro everywhere you possibly can.

Second word of advice: be prepared for summer weather in DC...90 degrees and thunderstorms, just like today:



Here's some randoms...make sure to visit Iwo Jima/Arlington for the views, as well as the National Cathedral:




there's a bunch more in my pbase gallery

08-03-2008, 08:31 AM
Hi, this is a Boston Gal..Not sure of your families ages, but here goes my thoughts.
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My friend has traveled all over europe and usa, and thought it was a great bargain for her in Boston.
1. Freedom Trail walking tour
2. Duck tours ( land / amphibious tour)
3. Boston common ( make kids read MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS, they have their own sculpture
4.Museum of Fine Arts , very impressive and fairly large.
5. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum .. smaller , less known, but wow , what a visual masterpiece ( has web site of course)
6. Boston is a huge college town ( ok so we are including city of Cambridge here)
MIT is right on the Charles, worth a walk around, as is Harvard north of MIT. Some neat restaurants in Harvard Square area.
Baseball person, see Fenway park ( kenmore square stop of "T").
Riding the T has it's own quirky goings on at each station.
7. Fanuel Hall Market place
8.Whale tour ( from Aquarium in boston)
9 Aquarium
10. Loads of places to eat. I'd ask at the desk of your hotel where the locals go for good meal. Usually better prices and better food and flavor for the area. Ask what areas you don't want to be in for safety reasons.

All above you can get to with public transportation. Again ask at desk for map of bus and T routes.

If you are straying outside of downtown Boston, let me know, I 'll give you some ideas.

08-03-2008, 08:33 AM
OH, I forgot to say , check out the Hatch shell on the Esplanade. I'm not sure your dates of travel, but they do have free concerts. Well worth it.

Phill D
08-07-2008, 02:04 PM
Thanks everyone those suggestions are brilliant. Love the images hope I can get some similar. & yes you are right it's pretty hot as we've just arrived in Washington. W Monument was closed today elevator broken but should be fixed tomorrow so will try again. Air & Space museum is excellent - wont have enough time for everything looks like we'll just have to come back ;).
Will be staying near the USS Constitution in Boston so should be close to downtown so your recommendations will be great etal thanks.

08-08-2008, 12:04 PM
Since you are staying near the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument is near by as is its museum.