The east coast trip in United States offers travelers endless opportunities to explore. From historic destinations to quaint towns, beautiful forests to must-see museums, these stops make up the vacation of a lifetime.
This guide contains:
East Coast Road Trip Itinerary
Interesting Places and Destinations
Montreal is a great place to start your road trip and it allows the tourist to plunge into the French tradition with an American accent. Here the European spirit reigns and at the same time the atmosphere of the western continent is clearly felt.
On the one hand - exquisite cuisine and wine in restaurants, on the other - Indian totem poles in the Botanical Garden. The Catholic churches of the Old Town contrasted well with the modern business districts, and the brazenly towers over the peaceful landscapes of the St. Lawrence River valley.
The foundation stone of the city was laid by the French colonist Paul de Chomedey. After several centuries, a small settlement turned into a powerful industrial and commercial center, which plays an important role in the country's economy. For tourists, Montreal is a city of festivals, shows, entertainment and endless shopping. He is hospitable and always open to new guests.
Montreal recommended Vacation - Hotel Nelligan
Places to visit in Montreal:
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Biodome de Montreal
Mount Royal Park
If you’re starting this far North, you have to stop and see some of Vermont’s covered bridges. Stay at Smugglers Notch Resort, the resort organizes family leisure at any time of the year.
In the summer season, travelers spend a lot of time on walks, exploring the many caves, and admiring the mountain ranges.
In winter, snowmobiles and cross-country skiing are popular for this area.
Smugglers are a family haven. The best terrain on the east coast for experienced skiers. Amazing children's program.
Instructors who work here are friendly, helpful and experienced. Locals seek to share their knowledge about the mountain, the locality and the historical facts related to this locality. Many families return here year after year. If you want your trip to succeed, then this place is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are traveling with children.
Booking Smugglers Notch
Portland, Maine, a city that rose from the ashes.
The history of the city is rich, respectively, and it will be interesting to visit it. Four times the city was restored after fires, while the urban panorama is rich in interesting architecture.
The city is a major economic center of Maine, as it is here is the largest port in the state. Here you can dine with fresh lobsters. It is hard to imagine that crustaceans were once considered food for the poor, but this is true.
— lobsters would wash up on Portland’s shores after a storm and be used primarily as fertilizer and bait.
And with the advent of land transportation, lobsters were brought inland by the mid-1800’s, and as the demand for lobsters increased, so did the price. Today, the city boasts numerous restaurants — nearly all of which feature lobster (in some form) on their menus.
But Portland has more to offer than a bunch of crustaceans. The coastal New England port boasts a vibrant working waterfront, an abundance of Victorian-era architecture and numerous historic lighthouses.
Nestled on a picturesque seascape, the city is perched on a peninsula jutting out into the island-studded Casco Bay, protected from the Atlantic Ocean. The romantic movie “Message in a Bottle” was filmed in this seaside town, and the famous Portland-born poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called Portland a “Jewel by the Sea” in one of his poems.
Recommended vacation Portland Harbor Hotel
Places to visit:
Portland Head Light
Casco Bay Lines
Boston is one of North America's most beautiful cities, offering visitors a unique blend of historical sites and modern attractions, beautiful waterfront views and lush parks, wonderful hotels and restaurants, and more exciting events and things to do and see than you can possibly fit into one visit.
The pizza and Italian food in Boston is world class. Historically, Boston has a large Italian population that brought along their food and culture from overseas.
Some pizza reccomendations - Santarpios in East Boston, Regina Pizzeria in the North End, Galleria Umberto in the North End, and Pino’s in Brighton.
For Italian food, the North End is the place to go! Our favorite spot is Panza. It is a small, cozy place but can get PACKED on weekends. Entrees run from about 12USD – 18 USD but the portion sizes are huge. They also have extremely cheap bottles of wine for the area (starting at 20 USD).
Recommended vacation Studio Allston Hotel
Places to visit:
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Samuel Adams Brewery
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Next Destination in our East Coast Road Trip is Cape Cod National Seashore.
The Salt Pond Visitor Center is the gateway to this interesting place. Stop here first for orientation, restrooms, maps, etc. This is a US Park Service site established in 1961 and encompasses 43,607 acres.
Multiple beaches and trails to explore. The six swimming beaches in this Nat'l Seashore are Coast Guard, Nauset, Marconi, Head of Meadow, Race Point, & Herring Cove.
And six lighthouses, Nauset Light, Eastham and Highland Light, Truro are open to the public and are operated under a public/private partnership.
A one day visit is not enough to see all the natural beauty of this park. A three to five day visit is our recommendation.
Recommended vacation Hampton Inn and Suites Cape Cod
Next stop in our trip itinerary is Providence
Long overshadowed by Boston, Providence holds its own as a historical heavyweight. Founded by banished Massachusetts Bay colonist Roger Williams in 1636, this Rhode Island city was the country's first experiment in a secular democracy (the separation of church and state).
Today, Providence is a true college town, home to Brown University, Johnson & Wales, Providence College and Rhode Island School of Design.
There's even a high concentration of dedicated Red Sox and Patriots fans in town, leading some to believe that it’s a copycat of the Massachusetts capital.
But there's a more relaxed vibe to Providence – not to mention more affordable hotel rates and fewer crowds – that draws even loyal Bostonians into the city for the weekend.
Recommended vacation Providence Marriott Downtown
Places to visit:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Federal Hill free
This interesting place on East Coast is just for a walk
Stonington, Connecticut may not be well known, but this coastal village in the southeastern part of the state is about as quaint a village as you will find on the New England coast.
It’s great to have a walk in new city between road trip destination points.
Set in a pristine location on a narrow peninsula, Stonington is a fog-shrouded hamlet with a laid-back air, little traffic, and cool ocean breezes that drift down Stonington's charming main street even on the hottest summer days.
New York is an extremely lively city, with lots of things to see and do. Our guide is about East coast road trip, so only must see places
As well as dozens of attractions and museums the city also offers a variety of things to do, here are some:
With its neon lights and billboards, Times Square is New York’s best known symbol. It was once an extremely unsafe part of New York.
The Fifth Avenue is New York City’s most famous street. It is also called Millionaire’s Row. It crosses the city from north to south.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building from 1931 to 1972. It is currently the third tallest building in New York.
Central Park is New York’s largest urban park and one of the biggest in the world. Discover what to see in Central Park and how to get there.
World Trade Center
Destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, the World Trade Center has been rebuilt to become one of New York’s symbols
Statue of Liberty
New York’s most famous symbol, the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is found on Liberty Island.
Hyatt Times Square – Right in the heart of Times Square this is a fabulous location that will let you walk to everything! They do have parking but it’s cheaper to use Park Whiz for the parking building on the same block.
Next stop is the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, which is famous for its rich history. Here are the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, in which the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed, and other memorable places associated with the American Revolution.
The staircase leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art has gained worldwide fame due to the fact that the main character of the movie “Rocky”, played by Sylvester Stallone, was trained on it.
Recommended vacation Loews Hotel Philadelphia – This is a beautiful art deco hotel right in the heart of Philly. Again, use Park Whiz to skip the hotel’s expensive valet and self park down the street. You’ll be able to explore the city’s historic sites on foot with ease. As you can see the view from the rooms is SO good at sunset!
Places to visit:
Eastern State Penitentiary, Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Barnes Foundation
Reading Terminal Market
The Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County are America's oldest Amish settlement, where thousands still live a centuries-old "Plain" lifestyle. Arriving in Amish Country allows you to step back in time to enjoy a slower, more peaceful pace – one where the horse & buggy remains a primary form of transportation, and where windmills dot the landscape, providing power harnessed from nature.
Always a vital part of Lancaster County culture, the PA Amish are involved in agriculture as well as an array of businesses and cottage industries.
Recommended vacation Hampton Inn Lancaster
This is one of major East Coast trip attractions!
Behind its public face of luminous marble memorials and Capitol Hill politicking, Washington, D.C., leads a wondrously varied life. Musicians trumpet the blues, rock, and jazz at clubs throughout Duke Ellington's hometown.
Things to Do:
Lively arguments fly in the Capitol's Senate and House chambers, where resolute legislators hash out U.S. laws.
A different perspective awaits atop the Washington Monument -- a staggering view of the green-swept Mall and beyond.
Every spring, cherry trees erupt in delicate pink and white blossoms, and the town goes mad.
Da Vinci's mysterious Ginevra de Benci outstares you in the National Gallery of Art, while Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Partyreels you in at the Phillips Collection.
Glide past stately memorials, stunningly illuminated, on a nighttime Potomac River cruise.
Recommended vacation Holiday Inn – This location is excellent. The hotel has free parking and is right across the Key Bridge from Washington DC’s sites so you can easily explore from here.
Virginia Beach is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia with nearly 450,000 residents. With a total of 14 miles of beach that are free and open to the public, the resort area attracts visitors to enjoy its white sandy beaches, oceanfront hotels and restaurants, historic landmarks and family-friendly attractions. Virginia Beach offers a wide variety of recreational activities including hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing, golf, and whale- and dolphin-watching.
Places to visit:
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Military Aviation Museum
Cape Henry Lighthouse
Charleston, South Carolina is one of those cities that embodies everything about Southern hospitality. The quaint streets, the history, and above all, the kindness of its residents promise to make any trip there one to remember.
Unlike many city vacations, a visit to Charleston is all about slowing things down. So rather than rushing from location to location, choose a few places of interest, and explore the city at your leisure.
Recommended vacation Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District
Places to visit:
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Fort Sumter National Monument
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
With its rich history, stately mansions, moss-draped oaks, nostalgic country squares and scenic parks, Savannah is a top vacation destination for people of all ages.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a fun-family adventure or just a quick weekend escape, Savannah’s got something for everyone. Here’s a few places to visit:
Hotel The DeSoto
Places to vitsit:
Savannah Historic District
For 56 winters, between 1886 and 1942, America's rich and famous faithfully came south to Jekyll Island. Through the Gilded Age, World War I, the Roaring ’20s, and the Great Depression, Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, Morgans and Astors, Macys, Pulitzers, and Goodyears shuttered their 5th Avenue castles and retreated to elegant "cottages" on their wild coastal island.
It's been said that when the island's distinguished winter residents were all "in," a sixth of the world's wealth was represented. Early in World War II the millionaires departed for the last time. In 1947 the state of Georgia purchased the entire island for the bargain price of $675,000.
Hotel - Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island - This place is gorgeous in a secluded location. It has a boardwalk to the beach thru the jungle and over the dunes
Places to visit:
Jekyll Island Trail System
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Orlando’s global fame as a center for unbridled enjoyment is largely due to one name: Disney. On paper, it’s a small city in Florida with just under a quarter of a million residents, but as every child in America knows, it’s much, much more.
Although the city enjoyed some minor popularity as a resort in the early 20th century, it wasn’t until the 1960s that its reputation was sealed, when Walt Disney announced plans to build his theme park there.
Its inland location meant a reduced threat of hurricane damage, and in 1971, the resort and park opened to universal acclaim, ushering in an explosion in investment and population.
Tourism became the overriding economic driver, resulting in today’s position as arguably the leading theme park and family attraction destination worldwide.
Doubletree By Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando First time at the Double Tree and I am glad we stayed. Cathy checked us in with a warm welcome to go with the warm cookies! Right outside the park and in walking distance to Walgreen’s and Millers Ale House!
Places to visit:
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Magic Kingdom Park
Universal Studios Florida
Disney's Animal Kingdom
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Cape Canaveral is a city in Brevard County, Florida, most famous as the home of America's launch pad, Kennedy Space Center. Cape Canaveral is part of a region known as the "Space Coast", since all of the manned United States spacecraft are launched from the Space Center on nearby Merritt Island.
The city of Cape Canaveral sits at the northern end of a barrier island on the Atlantic coast of Florida, south of the geographical Cape Canaveral.
Miami is where everyone goes to play in Florida (and from the world too). Famous for cruises, South Beach, Cubans, beautiful people (thank you plastic surgery!), and wild clubs and parties, Miami is a wild and eclectic city. It is where you go for fun in the sun.
It’s not one of the cheapest American cities but it is definitely one of the most fun. I always enjoy my time in the city (and am happy when I leave). It’s never boring!
Some places to visit:
Fortune House Hotel Suites Hotel is situated downtown just blocks from the bayside marketplace. It is a two block walk from the water which you can see from many windows