Looking for a new place to visit on the East Coast besides New York City? Look no further. Though the Big Apple receives most of the attention when it comes to East Coast cities, there are endless options for tourists to visit. With a rental car, GPS, and an adventurous spirit, you can enjoy any of these major cities.
Start your East Coast road trip in the southernmost of these three cities, the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. It has a wealth of national museums and monuments to visit, most of which are free. Visit the National Air & Space Museum to learn about the history of aviation or the new and popular National Museum of African American History and Culture. Monuments bearing the likeness to prominent figures from US history, including Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr., are easy to find and worth seeing at least once. Once you’ve completed the historical part of your visit, head to Georgetown for shopping and, of course, cupcakes. Made famous by the TLC show DC Cupcakes, Georgetown Cupcakes frequently has a queue that runs outside the door. If your time in the city is limited and waiting in the queue just isn’t for you, you don’t have to miss out on a sweet treat, simply head a few blocks down and grab something yummy from Sprinkles or even lunch outside the city at Sammy T’s. Shops are plentiful in this area, from high-end stores like Tory Burch and Michael Kors to fast-fashion favourites H&M and Forever21.
New Haven, Connecticut
This city is home to the oldest university art gallery in the western hemisphere at Yale. You’ll find some awesome historical sites and walkways. Try Louis Lunch which states it is home to the first ever hamburger. So close to the coast, you’ll also be able to visit beaches, coastlines, and many, many bridges. Taking a drive along the windswept treelined streets here in autumn extremely picturesque and often described as a dream come true.
Load back up your rental car and head less than an hour north to Charm City. Named one of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2018, Baltimore has plenty to offer visitors. Best known for crab cakes, the city is also home to a variety of restaurants. Locals enjoy Blue Moon Café (their Cap’n Crunch French Toast was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives) or Paper Moon Diner (as much for the décor as for the food). But if you’re in the mood for something more upscale, try Charleston in the city’s Harbor East neighbourhood for French-inspired dishes from James Beard Finalist Chef Cindy Wolf. Schedule your trip for the summer and you can attend Artscape, a free weekend-long arts festival that covers visual arts, performing arts, and even gaming. There are food trucks galore, local artists and vendors, and headlining musical acts each night.
Exciting cities, one rental car, and a tank of fuel is all you need to have an exciting time on the East Coast. Whether you start from New York or Carolina, you’re sure to find something everyone can enjoy!