Me & Madhu have been thinking a lot about a vacation during our Birthday (Madhu – August 10 & mine – 12th), but it never materialized for a long time. This year, we decided to make it happen and planned for a Trip to Washington DC, Philadelphia & New York.
First, I booked the flight ticket to get a good deal for 3 of us (Adhruth has his own ticket) and booked it from Minneapolis to DC for onward (August 9th) and return ticket booked it from New York to Minneapolis (August 17th)
Onward flight was around 8 AM. The plan was to wake up Adhruth early in the morning so that he can sleep in the flight. That plan worked out partially as he was awake for an hour and slept for the remaining one hour in the flight (expected more sleep :-))
Booked rental car through National car rental and plan was to pick up from DC and return the car in New York (during flight ticket booking, did not realize returning car to different place was expensive and would eat up into the deal of flight ticket. Then came to know of Work group discount for Personal car rental and that helped.
Our hotel was around 25 mins drive from all Monuments and key places in DC (We were 30 mins drive from Times Square). For individual days, booked a spot for car parking in DC & NY so that we can walk around / take a cab for sight seeing. That made it easy commute with Adhruth, stroller, all food items, diapering needs for him.
Stayed in DC for 3 days (Saturday noon through Tuesday morning). When we started from DC to Philadelphia (overnight stay there), it was a very heavy thunderstorm and the driving was very rough and very very less visibility for most part. Seeing the rain, after lunch we decided to skip Philadelphia as we will not be able to see anything there and instead extend New York by additional days. So finally, reached New York on Tuesdayevening and stayed there till Sunday morning.
Finally, back to Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon after a week long Birthday fun. Though, we are growing old every Birthday, celebrating and happiness will make us young 🙂