During the yearly 4th of July visit to Lancaster, OH, we drove out to Indy for the afternoon and overnight. We learned that it's probably not a great time to tour cities during the 4th cause a lot of things are closed plus it was hot that week. Still, we got the capitol building shots and saw the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.
We wanted to get in another capital this year, 2017, so decided to visit Annapolis as it was close enough to drive and easy to visit for a weekend. (and with a toddler) The historic district was pretty fun to walk around, including the Maryland State house, and we got a taste of the Chesapeake Bay with an afternoon harbor tour.
Our first time in Richmond, we decided to go on a Labor Day weekend. It was an easy 24 hours where we arrived for lunch, ate dinner in the hotel, because of Rory's early bedtime, and then breakfast the next day before heading home. Rory was just really starting to walk and she was able to climb all those stairs to the front door of Virginia's State House.
Visiting Cockburn Town was not on purpose but when we arrived here on a five-day cruise, we realized it was the capital of Turks and Caicos. We asked a cab driver to take us to their biggest house of government and we ended up at the House of Assembly.
After spending a night and a day in Louisville for Michael and Diana's wedding, we went on a road trip through Illinois but not before stopping in Frankfurt. This tiny town was surrounded a monolithic capitol building.
Boston was great. So was the Boston Commons with this capitol building overlooking it. This was the first stop on the honeymoon road trip, where we stayed a few nights at a W Hotel and most of the stay in Boston was rained out. It was chilly for a June day but I guess that's typical in New England.
We stopped in Columbia on the way down to Miami. The detour added about an hour and half to the trip but it was worth getting Columbia knocked out. Their state capitol building has a few stars on it signifying bullet holes from the Civil War.
This was the first time after having come up with the capitals journey idea that we were in Atlanta to visit Jennifer's parents. We headed out for the day and explored downtown Atlanta, including the state capitol building.
On the same trip that we had the idea for this whole capitals thing, we decided to get Columbus while we were motivated. At the end of this trip, we went into town, took the photos we needed and then headed back to Raleigh.
This could be considered the first capital on this journey. We had the idea in the car and then decided to make a stop in Charleston on the way up to visit family in Lancaster, Ohio. It's all built from here.