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This is my second New York State post and I’m so excited to tell you guys about it! I can’t wait for the weather to get better so I will have more of these adventures to tell you all about. Right now the weather is really weird here. It can go from 70 degrees to 30 literally over night which makes it hard to plan anything fun. We decided to take a trip down to Newburgh, NY. My boyfriend really likes motorcycles so we decided to go for that. Then I found out that there is some history in Newburgh as well so we added that to the itinerary. We probably won’t end up back there so we tried to jam in as much as possible into the day.
While I love being on a motorcycle, I don’t normally care too much for an actual museum but this one was really cool. To give you some information– it was easy to find, it’s huge (85,000 square feet of motorcycles), it’s a nonprofit, and admission is $11…not too bad for a day looking at all different types of bikes.
The motorcycles itself were SO crazy.
They had bikes all the way back to the early 1900s, I think the earliest I remember seeing was 1908. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve changed and how some have stayed the same.
There were also bikes from movies, from the war and bikes that were used as taxis and ice cream ‘cars’. There was a bike that literally looked like a dragon. It was crazy, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, or to see so many different bikes but boy was I surprised. Overall, I think the whole family enjoyed it. It definitely makes me hope we get another bike soon!
George Washington’s Headquarters
After the motorcycle museum, it was my turn for a little adventure. We headed over to George Washington’s Headquarters. It’s only about 5mins away from the museum so there is no reason why you can’t make a stop there. Admission to this museum was $4 and it includes a guided tour.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures inside so I can’t show you any of that but you can see the little house in which the Washington’s stayed in the 1780’s while fighting the revolutionary war. It was the home of the first ever awarded Merit Award, which is now called the Purple Heart Award. It was here where George Washington decided that once the war was over, there would be no “King” of the Americas like people suggested. He also wrote a “circular” to all the state Governors after the war which ended up influencing the U.S Constitution. So to say this little house has a lot of history of how the United States was constructed.
The floor boards of the house are still the original, which means we walked the same floorboards that George Washington and his family walked over 200 years ago. The Washington Headquarters was also the first ever public historical site in the United States, there are now over 3,000 of these.
The whole day trip was $15 and totally worth it. We didn’t eat in Newburgh so I can’t tell you about that but we were told there are a bunch of restaurants right along the Hudson River. There are also a few breweries and wineries…those of which I would probably suggest trying out.