Top Ten Places to Visit on Your East Coast Road Trip

If you’re taking a road trip on the East Coast and want to enjoy the scenery, you’re in luck. From beautiful coastlines to forests and mountains, you’ll be dazzled by the breathtaking sights in this part of our country. These are our ten favorite eastern seaboard road trip destination ideas.

Portland, Maine

Enjoy the splendor of Maine’s rocky coastline and browse the small city of Portland. You’ll find all the lobster and fresh seafood you can eat as well as Portland Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

This Georgia location has gorgeous beaches and amazing food options. If you love seafood, this is the perfect place to get all the different kinds while being just a few steps from the beach and all the nightlife you could want.

Vermont 100

Spanning more than 200 miles of classic, quaint New England, Conde Nast Traveler recommends this northern route. Great stops along the way include Stowe Recreation Path for biking and hiking and the Vermont Country Store in Walton for everything from candy to pajamas.

Boston, Mass

Step back in time with a visit to Boston’s City Center, where you’ll find great food, a huge dose of history, and tons of cultural attractions and museums for all ages.

New York’s Great Lakes

Fodor’s recommends driving from Dunkirk to Cape Vincent to explore the lighthouses, Underground Railroad stops, Niagara Falls, and Lake Erie.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Travel Channel recommends this Southern road trip from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. With a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the sights. Fall is the best time to visit to enjoy seasonal color.

Smithsonian National Zoo

If you plan to spend a few days in the nation’s capital, don’t miss this outstanding zoo in Rock Creek Park. This free attraction is home to more than 1,500 animals and 300 separate species.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Biking is the ideal way to explore this natural landscape, one of the most extensive public lands in the U.S. The route cuts through the Appalachian Mountains.

Savannah, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina

This is an ideal route if you’re interested in fantastic Southern food in the foodie paradise of Charleston. Take US-17 between the two iconic cities and soak in the charm of the small towns along the way.

Florida’s Presidential Trail

This 1,094-mile route stretches from Pensacola to Key West, and you’ll have plenty of history to explore along the way. Standouts include a Daytona Beach restaurant in Warren G. Harding’s old home, the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World. If you go to Walt Disney World, be sure to check out Toy Story Land Guide for your children. They might enjoy it. And, of course, Harry Truman’s one-time home in Key West.

You work hard. You’ve earned a great vacation. Go get it.