The Washington National Cathedral, though not as old as European cathedrals, is just as beautiful as some of them. The exterior architecture is delightful with a number of surprising figures. Inside, there are stained glass windows at every turn and stunning sanctuaries in a number of locations. There is a beautiful garden outside that is a secluded place to spend some time in the spring and summer.
A world class education is what you will receive at Georgetown University. They have excellent professors, contacts in all industries, and wonderful student support programs. There is an on campus student health center, a nice student center with several stores that are student run, and there are a lot of on campus housing options. With the city of DC around and Georgetown shopping, you will get a world class education in a great location.
Meredith Manor is a location in Chester County to hold weddings, banquets, or receptions. They have several packages available for you to choose from and their menus are diverse and well designed. Their prices are fairly reasonable. Everything is on location including beautiful settings, catering, and reception rooms. Check this place out!
Currently in a state of renovations, the National Zoo is a wonderful place for a visit, a jog, or a short trip. Recently the zoo has become more high profile in the country due to the birth of a giant panda cub. There are a number of new exhibits being created and those that are still open are very nice. The aviary and the bird house as well as the invertebrate house are always favorites. Be prepared for a walk. The icing on the cake: like other Smithsonian Institutions, it's free.
The real attraction here is actually the U.S. Brig Niagara, whose home port of Erie inspired the Erie Maritime Museum. And, yes, the guided tour of the U.S. Brig Niagara is hoot for everyone. However, the Erie Maritime Museum was surprisingly well done, with a good mix of exhibits, including extra emphasis on Lake Erie maritime history. A nice sleeper attraction if youre looking for something to do in Erie.
Although Erie lacks in the art gallery department, it does not lack in the theatre department. The Erie Playhouse is a long-popular staple of the community. When you visit the Erie Playhouse, it makes your visit downtown feel more city-like. Youll find two main seating areas in the playhouse: main level (orchestra) and balcony. Most seats offer fine views of the stage, with surprisingly good acoustics throughout. The average show runs for 2-3 weeks, and a new show is on the main stage about every 6-8 weeks. A lot of the shows are well known, and the local actors and actresses do an impressive job. Its just a little bit more expensive than you might think.
I'm kind of torn here. Im not sure if all dentists are starting to go in this direction or not, but the first thing that comes to mind as I review Dr. Partovi is that everyone is pushy, from the receptionist to the dental hygienists to the doctor. Theyre always trying to push products (special toothpaste, dental night guards, etc.), and theyre very quick to recommend all kinds of dental procedures. Not just a quick sell -- it's a hard sell. This is something I havent experienced at other dentists before. Make sure you carefully check over your billing, too. In spite of all these questions in my mind, I have gone back several times for one reason: they do a good job. Im happy with the work of the hygienists and the doctor.
The Bicentennial Tower was built to commemorate Eries 200th anniversary in 1995. Located on the Erie Bayfront, right outside the downtown area, the Bicentennial Tower is nothing more than a quick thrill. Although it has limited parking and a small admission fee, the view at the top is worth it if youre in the vicinity. On one side, youll have a great view of Presque Isle, and then you get a nice view of downtown Erie from the other side. A little forewarning: Expect a noticeable change in temperature and wind speed at the top!
Lets put this simply: You get what you pay for. When you pay a rock bottom price for apartments that actually have a great location (minutes from Eries shopping and two interstate), you know something is up. That something is: 1) a strange mix of college students, lower income people, and older folks, 2) the fact that maintenance requests aren't fixed in a timely manner, and 3) rather dirty common areas. Honestly, there were times where I didnt feel 100% safe, either. Just keep these things in mind based on your renting needs.
Nestled in a fairly large green space just northeast of downtown Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has expanded into an upper-tier zoo. The zoo is home to thousands of species, including 30+ endangered species. The animals have large areas to roam around. Some of the animals include a snow leopard, black rhinos, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, and kodiak bears. The highly interactive Kids Kingdom is a magnificent place for the little ones, with a strong emphasis on education. Moreover, the PPG Aquarium is a relatively new addition. It opened in 2000. When I visited back in 2000, the aquarium was disappointing. However, Im sure it is improved since then. By the way, parking is free.