East Coast Road Trip Planner

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There’s no better way to experience the history of the United States than taking a road trip through the East Coast. Between the electric New York City and orange-filled Florida lies a myriad of spectacular sights and sounds that make America so special. Twelve of the original thirteen colonies of Great Britain lie on the East Coast, reminding travelers of America’s storied past. Whether you plan a weekend in the Hamptons or a New England adventure, TripIt can get you started on your next travel itinerary.

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Historic Route 1

Historic Route 1
Historic Route 1

At a whopping 2,450 miles, Historic Route 1 is an unforgettable road trip in the making. Wind through rural areas and major cities like Boston, Washington DC and Miami. Historic Route 1 makes its way through all of the states touching the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll see ever-changing scenery, like southern swamps, fertile farmlands and crystal-clear coastlines, all while driving on Historic Route 1.

Moments in Massachusetts

Newbury Street
Newbury Street

Rich in history and even richer in the sheer variety of things to do, Massachusetts is a must for anyone looking to get a feel for the East Coast. Try traipsing through a cranberry bog or strolling through Salem where the witch trials were held, Massachusetts has unique activities you can’t experience anywhere else. You can also get to know the charming city of Boston by walking the Freedom Trail or shopping at the upscale boutiques on Newbury Street.

A Hamptons Getaway

A beach in Hamptons

For a fashionable summer excursion, consider making the ninety-minute jaunt from New York City to The Hamptons. High-end shopping, elegant beach resorts and ostentatious oceanfront homes make this area of Long Island a luxurious vacation spot. Summer in The Hamptons isn’t all sipping roséand attending social events, you can enjoy the simple things like beach-combing, surfing and snacking on seafood at the dive bars of Montauk.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway

A slow and steady drive awaits the patient adventurers who venture through the Blue Ridge Parkway. The twisting, turning route connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. In October, drivers flock to this parkway to view the fall foliage at speeds as slow as 25 miles per hour. Along the way, you can stop at natural and historic wonders like the Linville Caverns, Mabry Mill, Crabtree Falls and McCormick Farm.