If you’re planning on traveling along the east coast of North America, get ready for some of the friendliest people you can find. Beyond that, the soothing peace that comes with sitting near the ocean and epic food help cultivate an experience that feels both relaxing and adventurous. A rich history, bustling towns, and lovely, scenic nature add to the East Coast travel experience, creating a vacation that’s completely unique and has something to offer anyone, no matter their interests. The following will explore just a few of the must-visit places on the East Coast.
If you’re on the East Coast, it’s pretty hard not to visit what many people would call the greatest city on earth. New York City is a hive of culture and energy, capturing at once the chaos of the human spirit and the collision of modern cultures and languages. Every aspect of humanity can be found in New York City; the beautiful and the ugly, the kind and the vulgar, the quiet and the loud. This massive city is super easy to navigate thanks to public transportation and numbered streets (you always know if you’re going in the right direction) and is filled with all the restaurants and cultural venues you could ever want to see. There’s an endless list of great NYC activities, but wandering the streets during the day and staring at the cityscape at night from a great height are classics for a reason. If you decide to go to New York, do yourself a favor and bring a pair of sensible shoes. Yes, in Sex and the City and other New York-centered television shows, everyone’s got stellar yet impractical shoes, but few out-of-towners are prepared for the sheer size and so the intense amount of walking required. You might also want to be prepared for spontaneity; there are countless shops and restaurants that you won’t find on any travel list worth your time.
Maine is a beautiful state nestled right up against the Atlantic Ocean. The food is impeccable because all the fish and seafood are fresh, and the weather is heavenly. Find a spot by the ocean and read the day away, kayak or paddleboard out into the salty waves, explore the endless, adorable fishing villages and towns filled with maritime charm, lighthouses, and friendly locals. Popular destinations include Portland, Bar Harbor, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Wells, Old Orchard Beach, Bangor, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, and Kennebunk, but so many of the smaller towns are worth seeing as well. Miles of coastline, rivers, lakes, forests, and endless amounts of outdoor activities make Maine one of those places that once you visit, you want to keep coming back every year.
Charleston has incredibly friendly people and deep and complicated history. Once upon a time, it was called ‘the Holy City’ because it offered religious freedom to people of all denominations and faiths. The result was a huge mass of places of worship being built. Today, this charming city has over 200 churches, 76 of which are in the downtown core. There are mansions that are centuries old, moss-draped Spanish trees, cobblestone streets, and spooky cemeteries. During the day, there are museums and landmarks galore, as well as all the shopping and eating you could want. During the night, the streets are lit by gas lamps, creating an old-world feeling. Charleston also has a Citadel, the Old City Market, Fort Sumter, and a defensive seawall of the Battery among their many landmarks and sites. The architecture is truly beautiful, the weather pretty much always fine, and the food top-notch. The waters of South Carolina are breathtaking, too! Seabrook Island Rentals offers vacation rentals if you plan to stay and explore the beauty of Charleston.
Washington is famous for its political position in the United States of America, but it’s also one of the prettiest cities you’ll ever find. It seems like every corner you turn reveals a daring sculpture or a picturesque street filled with Greek-inspired columned buildings and idyllic parks. Washington might also have some of the best museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of African American History, the Spy Museum, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and so much more. As a bonus, many of these museums are free! You can also visit classic sights like the National Mall, Library of Congress, The Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol building, and the White House.
The above list should have given you a few ideas of places worth your time and attention on the East Coast. Of course, there are countless wonderful destinations not included on this list, so be sure to keep doing research that’s specific to you and your interests. Whether it’s history, nature, culture, food, shopping, or weather that calls you when you pick a travel destination, the East Coast has it all.
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