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Part 5 (Continued)
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Along the Auto Tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park, are many opportunities to get out of the car, walk around and take some great photos. 
Here is a picture of Toby and me on a nice shaded hiking trail we found right along the Auto Tour. Leashed dogs are welcome to go on the trail. 
I think this was towards the end of the Auto Tour. Most of the monuments are located right next to the road.

After a very enjoyable visit to Gettysburg, we continued on our way towards Washington D.C. This photo shows us driving along a two lane road entering the state of Virginia. The next several days we stayed at a relative's house.
On our day visit to Washington, D.C., our first stop was Georgetown. There were several outdoor restaurants that allowed dogs. This photo shows the tow path behind the shops in Georgetown. It can be a nice place during the day to get some exercise. Toby enjoyed his walk along the water.
It was raining the day we visited the nation's capitol so we opted for a self-guided auto tour versus walking around. Driving around proved to be a little tough because for security purposes, certain roads where blocked off, resulting in overall heavier traffic in the downtown area. Here we got a view of the white house with our zoom lens.
In previous visits to D.C., we had taken our dog with us on a boat tour of the capitol. The boat shown in this picture looks very similar to the boat tour we took with Capitol River Cruises.
Across the water in Arlington, Virginia, all of us stopped for a hike at Theodore Roosevelt Island Park. I believe there is a loop trail around the island, but we headed straight for the monument shown here. Toby thought in was a nice "back to nature" visit compared to downtown D.C.
Back in Virginia, we spotted the Batmobile. Well, not the actual one, but a good street legal duplicate. Something you don't see everyday.
After visiting with some friends and family in the D.C. area and New Jersey, we headed out with Toby to visit New York City for the day. Instead of having to deal with driving into the city and trying to find parking, we opted for a ferry ride. We parked the car in New Jersey and took a  Seastreak Ferry into the city. These ferries are mainly used for business commuters but they usually get some tourists as well. Seastreak Ferries allow dogs but they need to be on a short leash and on the outside decks regardless of the weather. Exceptions to this are small dogs that are in a carrier. Fortunately when we went, it was a nice sunny day. It was a little chilly with the wind blowing, but we were happy to be taking the ferry instead of driving.
Since dogs are not allowed on boat tours to the Statue of Liberty, the best view you will probably get will be from a Seastreak Ferry. We got this photo of the Statue of Liberty with our zoom lens.
Here is a view of the city skyline as our ferry came into New York City.
This was our first trip back to New York City since September 11, 2001. After getting off the ferry, we went through Battery Park (dogs are allowed in the park, but all of the grassy areas are fenced off). In the park was a temporary memorial for everyone who was killed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The plaque next to this memorial reads: "For three decades, this sculpture stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center. Entitled "The Sphere," it was conceived by artist Fritz Koenig as a symbol of world peace. It was damaged during the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but edures as an icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of this country. The Sphere was placed here on March 11, 2002 as a temporary memorial to all who lost their lives in the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center." In reference to the burning flame that is next to the sphere, the plaque continues to read "This eternal flame was ignited on September 11, 2002 in honor of all those who where lost. Their spirit and sacrifice will never be forgotten." The plaque mentioned that this is a temporary memorial. I believe they plan to move this sphere to the site of the new World Trade Centers when they are completed. Click here to continue reading Part 5

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