The US East Coast, a coastline along which the eastern United States meets the North Atlantic Ocean, is also known as the Eastern Seaboard, Atlantic Coast, and the Atlantic Seaboard. Known for its beaches during summer, and leaf- glimpsing during autumn, the East Coast is full of scenic places you can visit all year round, even if ice covers the ground.
Each East Coast state offers myriad places, cuisines, and activities you can enjoy. In Maine, which consists of stunning coastlines and quaint fishing towns, lies the Old Port District in Portland that has cobblestone streets, brick buildings, a lighthouse, as well as eight unique beaches. Portland, Maine also has a picturesque view of the Fore River.
The White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire is the most scenic and beautiful on the whole East Coast, and is a must-see if you’re in the area. Meanwhile, Boston, Massachusetts houses the smart and intelligent from Harvard, and MIT, and you can also visit the historic Quincy Market, where locals go to eat and hang out. The Marble House in Rhode Island was once a summer home for the Vanderbilts. This stone Beaux-Art-style mansion now serves as a museum run by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
The Mystic Seaport and Aquarium in Connecticut is a reimagined waterfront settlement that features 19th century village scenes, historic ships, and a museum, and is very educational not only for kids. New York, as the Empire State, houses the popular Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. To get a good glimpse of New York, you can visit the Liberty State Park in New Jersey, as it has the scenic view of the waterfronts of Manhattan, Liberty, and Ellis Island, plus miles and miles of tree-lined walkways good for photo ops.
Lake Erie in Pennsylvania is the fourth largest lake of the five great lakes in North America, and the 13th globally. Also in Pennsylvania, you can visit the famous cracked icon of freedom, the Liberty Bell, which weighs 2,080 pounds and has biblical inscriptions on it.
Delaware Seashore State Park is rich with beach and water activities, including a coastal park great for surfing and fishing. Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park is a Blue Ridge park that encompasses 200,000 acres of forest trails and waterfalls, making it the perfect destination for nature and adventure lovers. Similar to this is North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, boasting of campgrounds, trails, fishing streams, and recreation areas.
South Carolina is popularly known for Broadway at the Beach, a sprawling outdoor entertainment center with restaurants, shops, live shows, and other family attractions. When you reach Georgia, make sure to stop by the Georgia Aquarium — one of the world’s largest aquariums with interactive galleries, permanent exhibits, and animals galore.
If you’re in Florida, you’ll find not just the happiest place on Earth — Disney World and the Magic Kingdom — but also the Florida Keys, a set of tropical islands brimming with water activities, which means summer fun. Florida is a popular destination for those who wish to escape from unbearably cold winters and soak up the sun’s warm rays.
For history and culture buffs, visit the White House and the US Capitol in Washington D.C. You can also swing by nearby Maryland (which is easily accessible from D.C. in less than an hour by car) and drop by Fort McHenry, where children are schooled about the facts of America’s “second war of independence.” Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis is known as America’s Sailing Capital, making it a great place for sailing lovers and boat show enthusiasts.
The next time you visit the US East Coast, make sure to include these places that will be not just a feast for the eyes, but for the mind and spirit as well.