The eastern coast of the United States holds treasures all its own. Unlike any other area of the country, this East Coast offers a chance for a beautiful adventure no matter what time of the year you choose to travel.
Whether the ground is freshly frosted, or the sun is beaming warmly on the sands, the East Coast is littered with fantastic, family-friendly, destinations for your traveling needs. Take a moment to read through this brief overview, featuring a few of the best East Coast destinations for the new year.
New York, New York
The City That Never Sleeps will keep you busy for as long as you are visiting. There is never a shortage of culture, cuisine, and historical landmarks to enjoy when you are in New York City.
While you are in the area, take a short train ride on the Long Island Railroad to experience the diversity of this coastal enclave. You can even fly your own private jet into Long Island, as there are plenty of FBO locations to park your bird.
The Big Apple is not only the most popular travel destination in the United States, but it is the most visited location in the entire world. It is hard to miss the appeal of this dazzling city. Have a family picnic in Central Park, or learn a lesson in history at the Statue of Liberty.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Visit Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and do not miss out on Brewster. A charming hamlet, Brewster offers the classic New England flair, culture, and cuisine. Go to the Brewster Fish House to feast upon some local fresh cod fish.
There are also plenty of opportunities to get closer to nature. Visit the Nickerson State Park, and feast your eyes upon ponds formed from ancient glaciers. If you want a coastal experience, visit Crosby Landing. When the tide rolls out, you can check out a mile deep stretch of sandy coastline.
Cape Charles, Virginia
Cape Charles, Virginia is a popular tourist destination on the East Coast. The town has a beautiful beach, a marina, and a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. Visitors can take a ferry ride to nearby Tangier Island or explore the nearby towns of Chincoteague and Assateague.
Further afield, there are the historic attractions of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park, and the bustling cities of Richmond and Norfolk. Visitors can also explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a few hours away. The area is also a popular destination for boaters, offering options of boat rental Smith Mountain Lake, which could be a great way to explore nearby waterways.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
You cannot fully experience the East Coast without visiting North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The best spot to check out in the 200-mile long chain of barrier islands is Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will give you a unique view of the area, and the Blue Moon Beach Grill will give you the flavor of the Outer Banks.
The East Coast is home to the nation’s capital, and it is well worth the visit. Washington, DC provides travelers with a uniquely American experience, as the many monuments and institutions represent many different times in the history of the country.
The most obvious “never miss” locations in DC include the Lincoln Memorial, The Smithsonian Museums, The Capitol Building, and (of course) The White House. Travel outside of the city to experience a more rural side of the area, and make sure to seek out a few cherry trees.