East Coast Road Trip: See Big-City Life, and More
Planning an east coast road trip? My first thought is that you must have
business to do in a large city. But that's an unfair assumption.
The east coast has much more to offer than just urban life. And if
time and direction are not a big concern, you can see a lot without
leaving the Eastern time zone.
What's the best way to plan an east coast road trip? We recommend you
pick a general theme and tailor it to your wants and needs. Here are
- I-95: Like big cities? Craving good shopping, good
restaurants, museums, and maybe a ballgame or two? Just hopping on I-95
is an efficient way to get from one east coast city to another.
Depending on where you start, you can see Savannah, Richmond,
Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Providence, Boston, and
Portland. Though taking I-95 means missing out on much small-town
beauty, you'll never be far from the coast.
- Charleston and Savannah: These two cities are full of
history. They're little more than two hours apart. They're delightful,
if you don't go in the summer. And they can be your base for lots of
little side-trips, including Hilton Head Island and the many other
islands off the Carolinas.
- Civil War: History buff? Doing a Civil War road trip is a
great way to get your history fix, see some gorgeous scenery, and break
up your driving with frequent stops at battlefields.
If you go north to
south, you could start in Gettysburg, which lies just a bit south of
the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From there, it's mostly state highways to
Sharpsburg, Maryland (Antietam) and Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
Virginia state highways will then take you to Manassas.
If you're up for
a longer drive down to Lynchburg, Virginia (Appomatox), you'll have
smooth sailing on Interstate 29 for much of the way.
- Atlantic Coast: Want to hit the best Atlantic beaches and
beach towns? Virginia Beach lies right off Interstate 64. Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina is a bit more of a haul, perched two hours away from
Whatever you do, don't underestimate southern New Jersey. Cape May
is about 90 miles from Philadelphia via the Atlantic City Expressway
and Garden State Parkway, but well worth the drive (and tolls).
Use one of these themes to plan your east coast road trip - but be
sure to customize it to fit your timeline, budget, and interests.