USA East Coast Tour days 3 & 4
09.11.2010 - 10.11.2010 13 °C
So having finished at DC, the next stop on the tour was Hershey. For this we had to head back north out of Washington and into the countryside of Pennsylvania. This time we could all truly appreciate the sights since last time we were travelling through to Philadelphia it was at night. Some of the interesting sights seen included many rivers (some with rapids), brightly coloured autumn trees and cute little barn houses scattered here and there. We were even lucky enough to spot a horse-drawn cart on the side of the road with Amish people!
The first stop in Pennsylvania was Hershey, famous for its chocolate and candy products, and so the place we visited was the Hershey Chocolate Factory- very much like what you would see in a Willy Wonka movie. Being able to visit a chocolate factory for us meant one thing- tasting some free samples! The tour of the factory included seeing how the chocolate products were made, contributed to mostly by the apparently awesome dairy cows in Hershey. Next on the agenda was the Corning Museum of Glass- a stop described as equally exciting as the last one by our tour guide (hey, pretty hard act to follow). Can say, though, that the museum was also pretty awesome- there were quite a few applications of glass and discoveries made at Corning, such as fiber optics (these were actually first produced here) that I didn't know about before.
In front of Hershey's Chocolate FactoryThe start of the chocolate manufacturing tour2kg or 5lb of Hershey's chocolate :OMy breakfast- a Hershey's "Reese Pie" - needless to say it was filling :PDemonstration of glassblowing at Corning Museum of GlassVarious applications of Corning glassVarious glass beakers produced at Corning
After finishing in the museum it was getting quite late, and by dinner time we had reached Niagara Falls. Upon first entering the area I was amazed by the amount of fog and clouds about- I was later informed that this was actually the mist produced by the falls (the falls have their own microclimate!). Unfortunately not a lot could be seen at night, though there were a few lasers about lighting up some of the mist so that was kind of cool. Dinner was spent at the Hard Rock café- my first time at one of these famous restaurants. Can say that I was very impressed with the burgers (so good!) and the rock memorabilia was great.
Sign welcoming us to Niagara FallsThe Hard Rock cafeVarious rock memorabilia in the HRCHorseshoe Falls (Niagara Falls) at night
Seeing the falls the next morning was a much better experience- I could truly appreciate the scale and grandeur of both of the falls we visited. We also got to see a quick film about some of the history of the falls- interestingly it was first thought that there was a passage from Europe to China through them! I also learned about the "maid of the mist" legend associated with the falls, though unfortunately the Maid of the Mist boat tour of the falls was closed! Oh well, no getting wet this time :P
Horseshoe falls by dayIn front of the Horseshoe fallsThe America Falls (Niagara Falls)Rapids in river approaching the falls