6 Ideas For Car Trip Through The East Coast

Updated On May 23, 2023
Road to horizon

Organizing an interesting vacation can be problematic when you have so many options for destinations.

So why not to combine them to one trip and visit each of them?

The East Coast of the US is rich for sightseeing places.

Visiting them you’ll have an amazing experience of exploring popular touristic spots across the country from Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia to the White Mountains of New England.

We’ve listed up the top of worthy of seeing East Coast places.

Lens and keys on a map
Lens and keys on a map

1. Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway is a well-known route among tourists at United States‘ East Coast.

It begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and Northern Carolina states and goes through spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains and small towns along the mountains.

Following this route, you’ll be provided with breathtaking scenery in this area.

Then it goes to Shenandoah National Park in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Visitors like to watch how waterfall flows, as well as to hike through the beauty of Blue Ridge Mountains.

Nearby Skyline Drive is known for its scenic roads.

And then the route continues in Roanoke, Virginia.

Roanoke is popular as a colonial town.

North Carolina also has much to do and see.

The travelers often choose Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee and atmospheric Asheville City.

Most people also prefer to travel here during the fall when nature has beautiful changes.

Parkway under the stone bridge
Parkway under the stone bridge

2. Overseas Highway

If you want to add a beach destination to your trip, think about having a stop in Florida riding over the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West.

There’s a chain of islands which is highly chosen by tourists because of its carefree atmosphere and number of beaches with crystal clear water and golden sands.

In Key Largo, there’re so many activities to do.

You can book a steamboat tour as well as visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, underwater park or Everglades National Park.

Be sure to taste some authentic local food, for example, conch fritters.

Then go to Islamorada and try sport fishing on a boat, also visit Marathon’s Long Key State Park.

In Key West, you’ll find many things to spend your time on, for instance, snorkeling, diving or simply sunbathing.

We also recommend exploring the Stock Island Marina Village, the Ernest Hemingway Museum House, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, and the Key West Lighthouse.

Overseas highway
Overseas highway

3. New England Road Trip

New England is an indispensable destination while traveling across the US East Coast.

You’ve probably heard about fantastic scenery on the White Mountains region in New Hampshire.

What’s more, get to know more about its history and try the local food.

There, tourists are offered horseback riding and hiking.

You won’t regret if you choose to explore the location by Kancamagus Scenic Byway – it has breathtaking views of nature.

Then go to Vermont, place of beautiful mountains and tasty Ben and Jerry’s ice cream with maple syrup.

Next stop is Salem Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts, which is famous for its history of Witch Trials in the 17th century.

After that, ride around Rhode Island and Maine to overview its amazing beauty.

Don’t miss the chance to try Maine’s delicious lobster roll.

The original place with the best lobster roll is Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Lake coast
Lake coast

4. Historic National Road

Historic National Road extends on about 800 miles crossing Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Its 200-years history tells it was built in order to make easy traveling on West and also to ease the transporting of goods around the area.

The road starts at Baltimore, MD and ends at Vandalia, IL.

Riding along this route, people meet some of the oldest cities with their fantastic nature views: mountains, pines, streams and so more.

We recommend taking a stop and exploring the most interesting spots like battlefields in the American Civil War, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Fredericksburg, MD.

Road to the mountains
Road to the mountains

5. South Carolina Road Trip

South Carolina always provides tourists with bright emotions and interesting places to see with its beautiful small beaches, calm town vibes, and rich history, of course.

Travelers prefer to stop at places like Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, and Charleston, as well as the Greenville/Spartanburg area, the South Carolina low country. 

On the other side, South Carolina has also a number of unusual tourists spots like Crybaby Bridge in Anderson, SC, the Battery Carriage House in Charleston, and the Curiosity Shop in Graniteville.

Road through the forest
Road through the forest

6. New York to DC Road Trip

Are you dare to visit all the big cities on one trip from New York City to DC?

The most famous sightseeing places in New York include Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, the Empire State Building, and Times Square.

Also add a couple of less-known spots to your bucket list if you want to discover more, for example, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

The next stop goes to the first United States capital – Philadelphia.

The tourists often visit Independence Hall and the Constitution Center there.

And don’t miss your chance to try famous local food – a cheesesteak.

The next thing in your trip plan would be going through Delaware and Maryland right to the capital of the country – Washington, DC.

There are plenty of things to do and see to make your trip more fun – seeing the White House or the US Capitol Building, checking the Smithsonian Museums or any of the parks, like the Botanical Garden or Zoo.

New York skyline
New York skyline

1 Comment on 6 Ideas For Car Trip Through The East Coast

  1. Exploring the East Coast of the US is a great way to see a variety of popular tourist destinations, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Key West, and experience different cultures and landscapes in one trip.

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