從邁阿密到紐約的公路旅行(完整的視頻)。 (Road Trip From Miami to New York (Full Video)) - VoiceTube《看影片學英語》
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  • When you live in South Florida like we do, the only way to get out is obviously north

  • hence our options are kind of limited. A good part of the trip involves a tedious, boring

  • mostly flat highway, no matter which option you take. I-75 is not the worst, but it goes

  • along the west coast, so is no good for us this time. State route 27 and US1, are a little

  • more interesting because they go through cities and small towns but it takes forever. Florida's

  • Turnpike is a horribly boring drive I refuse to take ever again and to ad insult to injury

  • they actually even charge you for it. My route of choice north is usually interstate 95,

  • pretty boring as well but at least it is toll free, and the quickest way.

  • We finally make it to Daytona Beach at around 9:30pm.

  • We find a hotel to spend the night, using the Hotels.com iPhone app. It is called La

  • Playa, and it was pretty cheap, 60 bucks for the night.

  • Good morning from Daytona Beach, Florida. We wake up at the crack of dawn to this breathtaking

  • sunrise. Good morning, it is 7:20 in the morning and

  • we have waken up in this near freezing temperatures to photograph the sunrise. Today we continue

  • due north on the east coast of the United States. We're going to visit Saint Augustine,

  • America's oldest city, er, what else? Jacksonville, and eventually we'll arrive at Savannah Georgia.

  • Meanwhile enjoy the sunrise. Sorry if I seemed a little slow, I was still

  • half asleep and nearly frozen, but... It is time to say "Good bye" to la playa,

  • as we continue due north. It wasn't the greatest hotel, but for one night, a comfy bed, and

  • the beautiful and frigid oceanfront sunrise we just witnessed, it was more than adequate.

  • We continue driving north here on A1A and our destination, next destination is the Fort

  • Matanzas. As you can see I've been demoted to copilot, but that's OK, I'm taking a break.

  • Moving along. The A1A runs almost parallel to the Atlantic

  • Ocean coast and we are going to be driving on this road for a while. It is a refreshing

  • break from boring I-95. We pass by Flagler Beach, near Palm Coast. This coastal area

  • in North East Florida is called the first coast, for two main reasons. It is the first

  • coast you see as you enter Florida through Jacksonville. More importantly, this was the

  • first part of Florida colonized by Europeans, namely the Spaniards, as we are about to find

  • out by visiting Fort Matanzas. Fort Matanzas is a National Monument and the

  • National Park Service gives us a free ride on a boat to the fort, which guarded the southern

  • mouth of the Mantanzas River, which accessed Saint Augustine. The fort eventually became

  • a ruin, as the Spaniards lost Florida. It it was restored in the early 20th century,

  • one major flaw of the restoration; the watchtower was originally a little narrower and some

  • other historical discrepancies.

  • Two of the cannons are actually the original ones from the fort, the rest are just replicas.

  • When they chose the location of the fort the chose this position because that was the original

  • entrance to this body of water. Today you can see that nature took care of it. Eventually

  • that whole area unless the army cores of engineers come over and dredge it out again is going

  • to completely get covered by sand... Made with coquina which is a stone made of crushed

  • shells its actually a fortification that used mortar from lime.

  • Inside we can see how life would have been for the poor Spanish soldiers stationed here.

  • How they cooked, how they slept... how they prayed.

  • A ladder gives the only access to the observation deck. Here we can get a commanding view of

  • the Matanzas inlet. One can only imagine the poor Spanish soldiers

  • seeing the British ships offshore Our quick excursion to the fort is over, and

  • I must say kudos to the National Park Service, as this whole experience was informative,

  • pleasant in spite of the unusually cold weather, and totally free.

  • There is also a nature trail, but it is not so great, not worth it really .

  • Time to go but before we do it is time to fulfill a childish whim of mine. I've always

  • wanted to drive on the sand, on the beach actually, and over here they let you do it,

  • well also back in Daytona, if you noticed the speed limit signs at sunrise, earlier

  • today. Here we go.

  • We drive a few miles north to historic Saint Augustine. Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously

  • occupied European settlement in the United States, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer

  • Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. However, Juan Ponce De Leon was around here before, in 1513,

  • and he claimed the region for the Spanish crown. After a short drive we arrive. The

  • pretty building in the background is the Flagler College. I 500 feet, at the roundabout...

  • What...

  • Yeah, the GPS sucks sometimes. At the roundabout...

  • What!

  • What's up with Waze, that's it, we're using Google Maps for the rest of the trip. We pass

  • by the San Marcos Castle, built in 1668, after a British attack, and still stands today as

  • the nation's oldest fort, now ran by the National Park Service as the Castillo de San Marcos

  • National Monument. The GPS directs us to the closest parking lot.

  • Saint Augustine is famous for having the oldest drug store in the US. I often question the

  • authenticity of these places. Apparently they sold liquor, tobacco, medicine and Indian

  • remedies. We continue exploring this touristy town.

  • We are walking along Saint Georges Street, Here in Saint Augustine. This is the main

  • drag, St. George's street, the tourist trap if you will. Here is supposedly the United

  • States oldest wooden school, from 1716, although there's an older claim in Staten Island, New

  • York from 1696, so I have a good conspiracy theory that all this is fake. Who knows. The

  • Cobblestone streets, the Cuban flag... I was born in Cuba so whenever we see the flag,

  • we usually take a picture. The beautiful intercostal view is a must do photo opportunity.

  • Well, we'll visit Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth some other time, because we are kind

  • of pressed for time now, so we must go on. It's 1pm time to leave

  • North we go. We decide to take scenic coastal A1A instead of the faster I-95 once again.

  • We drive for 45 minutes through Ponte Vedra Beach, which is mostly ocean front residential

  • neighborhoods with multi million dollar homes, and golf courses, very lavish.

  • We are approaching Jacksonville, Florida's most populous city in the state if you only

  • count the people living within city limits and not the suburbs. Also quite musical as

  • popular bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and Limp Bizkit both originated here.They all came from here.

  • We are now arriving at Jacksonville, and we are super hungry so we are not going to waste

  • time with any nonsense. We are going straight to this place called Jacksonville Landing.

  • They are having some kind of Christmas show. So we decided to break one of traveler's rules

  • and have lunch at the tourist trap, namely at Hooters. Sometimes you need something familiar.

  • And the show goes on. I would imagine that a place like this would

  • be more full of people on a Saturday afternoon, but I guess not. Maybe everybody was indoors

  • due to the chilly weather. The Jacksonville Landing was designed and built by the same

  • company that built Miami's Bayside and some other similar places... and one can sort of

  • see the resemblance. Crossing the bridge we visit the Friendship Fountain, on the other

  • side of the river. The water jets move to the rhythm of the music,

  • Bellagio style, but in this case a more bouncy music would definitely enhance the effect

  • I think. City of Jacksonville Saint Johns River Park and Marina.

  • Well, time to continue, not before driving through the historic Riverside Neighborhood.

  • One cool thing about this trip going north is the change in vegetation. As you can see

  • there are no more palm trees. As we continue north the trees will have less, and less leaves.

  • And after a few miles we are in Georgia! Or should I say Georgia is on our mind?

  • We are quickly approaching the city of Savannah, Georgia, we're about an hour away. And I-95

  • seems endless. I have no idea what I;m gonna say. Bye.

  • We finally arrive at Savannah. We have should I say Waze, the GPS gets a little lost finding

  • the Hotel, but we do end there eventually. We have gotten a great deal using the Hotel

  • Tonight app on the iPhone, a must if you are traveling like us with no reservations. We

  • landed the Hyatt in the historic district.

  • We have arrived at the Hyatt. It doesn't really get any better than this, it was less than

  • a hundred bucks, and of course when you get this great deals they nickel and dime you

  • for everything else, but I believe it was worth it. We have a great view of the river

  • from our room. Later that night we take a stroll along River

  • Street, which has a bunch of shops, restaurants and bars. They have a Wet Willie's, which

  • used to be one of my favorite bars in Miami Beach before it got too popular.

  • We really want to walk around but were exhausted from the long road trip, so we decide to finish

  • the night at the Bohemian Hotel next door, which has a roof top night club, Rocks on

  • the Roof with live music and great ambiance.

  • From Savannah, Georgia, good morning. We walk around this historic and beautiful

  • city we see City Hall from Bull Street, which is right next to our hotel, and then enjoy

  • the beautiful vegetation of Johnson Square. We walk up to Ellis Square and City Market,

  • which is a touristy pedestrian street with a bunch of Bars and restaurants. At the end

  • of City Market, across Franklin Square we see the First African Baptist Church, which

  • claims to be derived from the first black Baptist congregation in North America. The

  • do have a museum. As you've seen, the historic district is dotted with a grid of all this

  • charming squares, such as Chippewa Square, where they filmed the movie Forest Gump. The

  • actual bench in the movie was a fiberglass prop and doesn't really exist. Bummer.

  • Passing by the First Girl Scouts Headquarters in the United States we arrive at Clary's

  • for breakfast. We are having breakfast at Clary's, the place

  • has been here forver. This has been a Savannah hangout place since

  • 1903, and it was made even more famous after it was portrayed in the book Midnight in the

  • Garden of Good and Evil. By Lafayette Square, as we head back north

  • on Abercorn street, we see the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, it's congregation

  • was founded in the late 1700's by French immigrants. A little further down the street we pass by

  • Colonial Park Cemetery, the oldest one in Savannah. It was established in 1750 and is

  • a popular destination for Ghost tours. It was vandalized by the federal troops during

  • the Civil War, but it has been restored ever since.

  • We are back at Bay Street, which runs parallel to River Street, where the Hotel is. There's

  • a bunch of quirky shops, right behind the riverfront shops.

  • This is the oldest continuously operating English Freemasons' Lodge in the western hemisphere.

  • Yeah, amazing the stuff you learn on the internets.

  • OK, time to leave the comfort of our riverfront room, as we must continue on the road, but

  • not before seeing a little more of beautiful Savannah.

  • Grabbing a tip from travel writer Pico Ayer, we turn off the GPS and try to reach our next

  • destination on pure instinct and sense of orientation. In this case I'm trying to find

  • Forsyth Park, which is just south of the historic district. And here we are. Lets go around

  • the park, what the heck. Savannah, by the way, is the historical birthplace

  • of Georgia. It was settled in 1733. The city maintains its antebellum charm, antebellum

  • meaning ante: before, bellum, war. Basically it was spared the devastation of the civil

  • war. The mayor gave Sherman's men run of the city in exchange for leaving it untouched,

  • pretty much like the French did with Paris during World War II, that's why that cemetery

  • got all messed up, but everything else was left pretty much intact, so we can see it

  • today. Smart guy that mayor, not brave but smart. OK enough of that, we pass by Mansion,

  • which is a very luxurious hotel with a very nice nightclub where I played with my band

  • a few years back. Well, let's see Forsyth Park. The iconic overhanging

  • trees, the Forsyth fountain which dates back to 1858. The Spanish moss draped oak trees.

  • There's a bronze bust of Major General Lafayette McLaws in front of the confederate monument

  • back there. We walk back to the fountain, which is similar

  • to those in Place de la Concorde, in Paris. And we make sure we are observing the sidewalk

  • rules of course... and with that we almost say goodbye to Savannah for now.

  • Lastly we cruise along historic Jones Street, it's a very picturesque luxurious residential

  • area. Of course the cobblestones don't help with the camera's stability, but who cares.

  • We pass by Clary's once again, and the place where I stayed when I came to Savannah with

  • the band back in 2006 or 2007, it's the blue house.

  • Time to hit the road as we continue relentlessly on our journey north towards New York City.

  • The Talmadge Memorial Bridge spans the Savannah River, between the states of Georgia and South

  • Carolina. We are driving on US 17 towards Charleston

  • And we are now in the great state of South Carolina.

  • After a while on US 17 we move over to I-95, in order to save some time.

  • Our time here in Charleston is very limited, so we're just going to walk along Market Street,

  • see the waterfront and have a late lunch. The historic downtown, where we are, is located

  • on a peninsula formed by the Ashley and the Cooper rivers.

  • The City Market on Market Street dates back to the 1790's. The indoor market begins at

  • the historic Market Hall, at the corner of Market and Meeting streets and stretches for

  • four blocks ending at East Bay Street. This is where the also historic Custom House is

  • located. From the dock we see the Arthur Ravanel Bridge and the Charleston Harbor, and Castle

  • Pinckney on tiny Shutes' Folly Island. We have a late lunch at this place called Magnolias,

  • which was recommended by roadfood.com. It is fancy, delicious southern cuisine. But

  • time flies when your having fun, and in the winter it gets dark way too early. We want

  • to reach New York by Christmas day so we must say hasta la vista to Charleston and continue

  • due north. Revisiting this pretty town is a must.

  • We will spend the night at North Myrtle Beach, but before checking in at our hotel we are

  • going to cruise along South Ocean Boulevard, the heat of Myrtle Beach At this time of the

  • year is, not surprisingly, deserted. It is late December, and the temperature is pretty

  • low. It is very much reminiscent of our own Miami Beach. This is another place we must

  • revisit, in the summer, when it is at its prime, but this time we're just here to sleep.

  • We are actually staying at a place a little further north.

  • So we're staying at the Bay Watch, in North Myrtle Beach. This place is like a ghost town.

  • Good morning. Today we continue north towards Wilmington,

  • North Carolina.

  • "Keep right at the fork" Wilmington's historic downtown sits on the

  • northern bank of the Cape Fear River. The city is mostly famous for its beaches, the

  • seafood, and historic plantations. Some antebellum houses and other buildings survived the Civil

  • War, as the city didn't see much action. The port however was very important to the confederate

  • side, as supplies from England arrived here.

  • We have breakfast at this place called The Dixie Grill, one of the few places we found

  • open this early on Christmas Eve. After breakfast we walk towards the river.

  • There have also these historic tours on horse drawn carriages, which seem to be very informative

  • but we don't have the time on this particular occasion.

  • We must content ourselves with a stroll along the riverfront, and the sight of battleship

  • USS North Carolina moored here, once considered the world's greatest sea weapon, and one of

  • the most decorated battleships of World War II.

  • Wilmington was also the filming location of the fictitious town of Capeside, from the

  • late 90's TV series Dawson's Creek.

  • This is another place that definitely deserves a less rushed visit. What else is new?

  • Back to the car! We drive around a little bit on this historic downtown area and then

  • it is off to our nation's Capital, Washington DC.

  • We continue driving towards New York. Three hours and over 180 miles after we leave

  • Wilmington, North Carolina we enter the state of Virginia, and naturally we stop for the

  • photo op. We are driving almost non-stop all the way

  • to Washington, DC. And we are about halfway there.

  • We pass by Richmond, Virginia ... and Fredericksburg.

  • And no matter where you are, traffic will always slow down by the site of an accident.

  • The weather deteriorates gradually. When we arrive we would have driven for over 6 hours

  • along 370 miles nearly non-stop. As night falls, we arrive at our nation's

  • Capital. Washington, DC. "Continue on I-395 North..."

  • Our hotel is the Capitol Skyline, very well located. Actually, you can kind of see the

  • Capitol building from our window. We do a little bit of sightseeing under the

  • cold rain. The Washington Monument, the Capitol Building.

  • With this nasty weather I actually give up on the video camera and just take a few pictures.