Best Places to Road Trip to This Summer on the East Coast
Are you planning on going on a road trip on the East Coast with your friends or family during your summer vacation, but you don’t know which places to visit? Look no further; here you can find a list of some beautiful locations you definitely won’t regret going to!
- Bar Harbor, Maine
If you love nature, hiking, national parks, and the smell of the ocean, Bar Harbor is the perfect place for you to start your road trip. Visit the Mount Desert Island to enjoy a spectacular view and the fresh mountain air or take a walk along the Ocean Trail and have a nice meal at its end at one of the many charming restaurants on Main Street! Either way, you will have an amazing time while feasting your eyes on the breathtaking scenery.
- New Castle, New Hampshire
New Castle is the easternmost town of New Hampshire, a beautiful little place by the sea and it is entirely located on islands. If you want to get away from a busy city and get some peace and quiet, this is the perfect choice for you. Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is definitely worth visiting as well. Constructed in 1878, this building has been the topic of countless TV shows about paranormal activities, as it has been rumored to be haunted. If you are easily scared and not up for a ghost hunting adventure, you can choose to spend a relaxing day at the beach of the Great Island Common instead. History fans can check out the Fort Constitution Historic Site and the Fort Stark State Historic Site as well.
- Salem, Massachusetts
If you are a fan of Nathaniel Hawthorne you simply cannot miss this town. There is a lot of historic sites to see here, not to mention the ton of museums including the Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery (recommended for horror buffs), the New England Pirate Museum or the Peabody Essex Museum. You can pay a visit to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, which is a touching reminder of the town’s history right by the cemetery. For Hawthorne maniacs the House of the Seven Gables that inspired the novel with the matching title is a must-see.
- Roanoke, Virginia
This little town in Virginia is something no nature lover can miss, and it makes for charming little stop on the way during your road trip. Located near the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest it is an ideal destination for hikers, and for those who want to see a real gem, the Carvins Cove Natural Reserve will offer everything they ever dreamed of with its beautiful lake, pine trees and amazing scenery. This 12,700-acre park just outside Roanoke is a great choice for the active tourists as well, they can do some canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking or trail running here.
In town, the St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church is definitely worth a visit, and there is a great palette of museums in different topics to choose from, including the Virginia Museum of Transportation for the fans of engineering, the Taubman Museum of Art for the artistic types, or the Roanoke Pinball Museum for those who want something different and fun!
- Charleston, South Carolina
Making a stop at Charleston is definitely worth your while during your east coast road trip. You can get a chance to feast your eyes on the luscious flora of the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, then go for a walk in the Riley Waterfront Park along the palm trees and enjoy a few relaxing and fun minutes in the family-sized swings. If you want to soak up some culture there are numerous museums to pick from, check out the historical Edmondston-Alston House or discover the exhibitions at Charleston Museum before paying a visit to the town’s iconic St. Michael’s Church.
- St. Augustine, Florida
What better place is there to end your road trip than in warm, sunny Florida? St. Augustine is a real gem, with such exotic buildings as the Flagler College or the Lightner Museum, which is worth checking out not only because of its gorgeous architecture, but for the eclectic collection inside as well. You can swim and sunbathe on the St. Augustine Beach, and if you are up for a real maritime adventure, try one of the numerous cruises. For the fans of whiskey or other hard liquors the St. Augustine Distillery is a must-see. You will find it inside a renovated ice manufacturing plant where you will even get a chance to have a taste of the products free of charge in the tasting room!
Each of these places serves as a special stop along the way as you embark on the road trip of the summer! Which of these East Coast destinations are you most excited about visiting?