Thinking of a summer road trip in the states? Excellent! But before you go any further, forget those West Coast ideas and get ready to drive the lesser known road of East Coast USA. From Boston to Miami you’ll embark on a roadie that’s jam-packed with history, charming towns, iconic cities, buzzing nightlife and some of the most fantastic food you will ever eat, move-over California, we’re all about cruising the East Coast this year! To help you plan this epic drive, here’s our pick of ultimate East Coast stops along the way…
As the birthplace of the American revolution, Boston is brimming with history. It’s a city full of culture, charming neighbourhoods, excellent food and interesting locals. Also the country’s educational capital, it’s bustling with students and has a cracking nightlife! Head to Drink previously voted World’s Best Cocktail Bar on Congress Street. There’s no set drinks menu, you literally tell the bar tender what you want or what spirits you like and they’ll conjure up something you didn’t even know you liked!
Top tip: Worth getting the Boston CityPass so you can save some serious dollar on the city’s museums and attractions.
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Feel the energy of New York City around the clock and finally understand why it is the city that never sleeps. Considered the epicentre of arts and dining as well as the forefront of fashion – its compact but jam-packed! Use your own two feet to discover the famous streets and mesmirising Times Square. With a diverse population and over 20,000 restaurants you’re in for a few culinary treats… head to the 100 year old Jewish delis on Upper West side, grab some steaming dumplings in China Town or a cheesy pizza from Little Italy in Lower Manhattan – feast yourself!
Top tip: Get a 7-day Unlimited Subway Pass for easy travel around the city for around $31
Often ignored for its bigger brother in the north and the capital in the south, Philadelphia is underrated yet awesome. The name translates as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ in Greek and is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the USA. Start at the Independence National Historic Park and check out Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The food is fab in Philly; street stalls selling soft pretzels and mustard for 50 cents, Italian deli markets and an incredible Chinatown. Oh and be sure to visit Society Hill one of the city’s most picturesque suburbs, very colonial and quaint.
Top tip: Make sure you get a ‘Cheez Whiz’ aka the south Philly cheesesteak, wafer-thin roast beef topped with melted cheese – YUM.
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Washington DC is the USA’s capital full of iconic monuments, museums and political visionaries. Start at the attractions along the National Mall; climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, check out the Smithsonian Institution (the world’s largest museum), Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, take a tour of the White House. Also be sure to visit the National Theatre and the Kennedy centre! This city is a historical and cultural mecca.
Tip: Check out A&D for a laid-back, neighbourhood feel and weekday happy hours between 5pm – 7pm, where you cant get $4 tallboys, $5 drafts and $5 glasses of wine. If you’re peckish bring in a sandwich from Sundevich around the corner, owned by the same duo.
Venture away from Disney and Universal studios and you’ll discover there’s more to Orlando than meets the eye. With its leafy neighbourhoods, incredible performing arts scene, nature preserves and museums, there’s a surprising slower pace of life that many visitors overlook. Take time out of roller coaster riding to explore the quieter, gentler side of Orlando. For local eateries head downtown, Epcot’s World Showcase is where you’ll find the best restaurants at Disneyland and Yellow Dog Eats for the tastiest BBQ.
Top tip: For an old school theme-park, without the fancy roller coasters head to Gatorland. Walk around a splintery wooden boardwalk, past hundreds of alligators in their breeding marsh and buy a hotdog to feed them!
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Also known as the ‘Magic City’ because of the spell its glamour and beauty will cast over you. Miami is intoxicatingly beautiful, just look at those palm trees! Miami beach is a golden stretch of sand and home to most of the city’s Art Deco architecture. With a massive Hispanic population, Miami does Cuban food best try fried plantains and shredded pork sandwiches – you won’t regret it! There is also incredibly fresh seafood, Stonecrab claws (Oct-May) are a South Florida speciality.
Top tip: Miami’s nightlife is some of the best in the entire country. Most of the action is on South Beach, expect to pay a $20 cover charge. Foxhole Bar is a little more local and has two-for-one drinks, on weekdays between 5-9pm.