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Ultimate East Coast

New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Outer Banks, Charleston, Savannah, Amelia Island, Orlando, Miami & more

 The Atlantic coast is dotted with amazing places to visit and our East Coast America road trip visits them all. Starting in New York City in the north, you’ll cruise south all the way to Miami Beach. Experience buzzing cities, historic landmarks and above all manage some deserved R&R some of the east coast’s best beaches.


Ultimate East Coast 21 nights

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 21 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

An amazing drive down the whole Atlantic coast


Manhattan Skyline

Day 1

Arrive in the worlds greatest city

Enjoy four amazing days exploring the world’s greatest city. An epicentre of the arts and America's true dining and shopping capital. New York City wears many crowns and spreads an irresistible feast for all. Only the Big Apple can provide so much packed into five boroughs. If you've got the energy and arrive early enough we recommend starting with an open top bus tour this afternoon to get a feel for the different areas of the city. Not only is it good value for money but it'll help familiarise yourself with the layout. Your Road Trip Pack is full of recommendations of where to eat and what to see and do.

  • Key location: New York City
  • Manhattan

New York - New York

Day 2

Shops & skyscrapers in Midtown

Highlights today could include 5th Avenue shopping, Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square, Broadway and the Rockefeller Centre - just make sure you leave time to visit either the Top of The Rock or The Empire State Building as the Sun sets, to witness the city’s lights come alive in the Big Apple.

  • Key location: New York City
  • Manhattan

Central Park

Day 3

Explore the Big Apple

Central Park is the most visited urban park in the US. With 843 acres of walking trails, ice rinks, cycle paths, a Zoo and even a castle you can easily spend the day here. Bordering one length of the park is 5th Avenue home to some of the worlds most renowned museums such as The Met and The Guggenheim. Madison and Park Avenue are here too, great for watching the wealthiest New Yorkers dip in and out the most luxurious designer stores.

  • Key location: New York City
  • Manhattan

Lady Liberty

Day 4

Discover the joys of Downtown NY

Downtown stretches to Battery Park at it’s most southern tip, where ferries leave to the legendary Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The financial district is anchored by Wall St, home to the New York Stock exchange and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Surrounding neighborhoods offer a great contrast to this commercial hub - Soho, Greenwich, Tribeca and the Meatpacking district are crammed with cool bars, shops and restaurants.

  • Key location: New York City
  • Manhattan

Museum of Art

Day 5

New York to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is often overshadowed by its noisier neighbours - New York to the north and Washington DC to the south. However, we think Philly holds it own in this illustrious company, boasting just as much history and comparable shopping, nightlife and museums. And where else in the world can you recreate the famous scene in Rocky, the steps of the Museum of Art await.

  • Key location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 110 Miles

Philadelphia freedom

Day 6

Feel Philadelphia freedom

A full day to explore Philly. Take a Big Bus Tour - Now you can experience the unique history and beauty of Philadelphia from the top of an authentic London double-decker. Enjoy the most spectacular views of the city while guides entertain you with fascinating facts and fun stories about Philadelphia and the people who help make the city what it is today. Get on and off as you please, this is a great way to explore the city.

  • Key location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA

Capitol Hill in DC

Day 7

Drive to Washington, DC via Gettysburg and Harper's Ferry

Drive to the Capitol, visiting highlights along the way like historic Harper's Ferry and the lovely Loudoun Wine Region. After checking into to your DC hotel, we recommend you explore Georgetown for the rest of the day. This is a charming corner of the city, and well worth a visit to explore the boutiques, restaurants and charming streets that surround the famous university.

  • Key location: Washington DC
  • Washington DC
  • 154 Miles

Spring in DC

Day 8

Discover DC’s famous sights and museums

Your itinerary pack is the perfect companion to begin exploring the city. You may want to begin by taking a self-guided tour of some of Washington’s iconic buildings. The White House, Capitol Hill and the Lincoln Memorial are just some of the key buildings that can be explored. Across the Potomac River is Arlington, a must visit for history buffs with the moving National Cemetery a great place to simply wander.

  • Key location: Washington DC
  • Washington DC

Historic Colonial Parkway

Day 9

Drive The Colonial Parkway

This historic part of America forms a triangle between Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Williamsburg in particular will educate you in the lives of the early English settlers that arrived in the early 17th century. Travel west of here and you’ll discover the wealthy homes of former slaveholders.

  • Key location: Williamsburg, VA
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • 152 Miles

The Outer Banks

Day 10

The barrier islands of the Outerbanks

The worlds longest stretch of barrier islands can be found in North Carolina. A surfers paradise and a sea captains worst nightmare, the Outer Banks form a 150 mile barrier parallel to the mainland. Skinny and fragile in places, the islands are dotted with lazy inns, wild horses and lighthouses.

  • Key location: Outerbanks, NC
  • Outerbanks, NC
  • 132 Miles

Outer banks lighthouse

Day 11

Cruise down scenic Highway 12

Spend the morning exploring the beaches and lighthouses of the Outerbanks as you cruise south along scenic Highway 12. Should you decide to take the coastal route to Wilmington then we'll book you onto two ferries that link the roads in this area. Spend the afternoon and evening in Wilmington, which features a scenic Riverwalk lined with boutiques, cafés and vibrant nightlife along the Cape Fear River. The city’s historic charm comes from its brick-lined streets, Victorian and antebellum architecture, and mossy oaks.

  • Key location: Wilmington, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • 248 Miles

Plantation house

Day 12

Charming colonial Charleston

Cruise down to beautiful Charleston. Steeped in Colonial and Civil War history, Charleston is a perfectly preserved and friendly southern belle of a city. Visitors fall in love with its grace, charm and historic value which is usually enjoyed in the warmth of the South Carolina climate. Cobblestone streets, colourful houses and historical buildings make it a unique city.

  • Key location: Charleston, SC
  • Charleston, SC
  • 170 Miles

Spanish Moss

Day 13

Explore more of Charleston or its coastline

Spend a full day discovering the history and architecture of Charleston. The city is in a mini renaissance at the moment, attracting new restaurants and culture into the mix. As always, your personalised Road Trip Pack will detail all the visitor options that are available, such as Magnolia Plantation, Charleston City Market and so much more. After spending two memorable days in this beautiful city, Charleston will stay with you for many a year and is an ARTCo favourite.

  • Key location: Charleston, SC
  • Charleston, SC

Savannah Lighthouse

Day 14

Seductive Savannah’s houses and squares

Cruise down to Savannah in the morning, exploring beautiful beaches as you make the short drive south. Be sure to work up an appetite en route, Savannah is home to many great BBQ restaurants and the famous Leopold's Ice Cream Parlor. Such a charming and friendly city be sure to check out the riverfront area for bars, restaurants and riverboat cruises. Your personalised road trip pack has plenty of suggestions.

  • Key location: Savannah, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • 108 Miles

Restored Savannah

Day 15

Another day to explore Savannah or the coast

Over 2 square miles of lovingly restored colonial houses and commercial property expertly arranged around 21 of Savannah’s 1-acre squares. A great city to walk around in the warm sun found here. Look out for Forrest Gump whilst you walk, he likes chatting to people on the park benches here. Which will be your favourite southern belle city? Charleston or Savannah? Let us know when you get home, it’s a very close vote at the moment!

  • Key location: Savannah, GA
  • Savannah, GA

Wildlife on Amelia

Day 16

Amelia Island

Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.

  • Key location: Amelia Island, FL
  • Amelia Island, FL
  • 127 Miles

Orlando's Lake Eola

Day 17

Orlando via the beautiful Atlantic coastal beaches

Head further south to Orlando. This former orange-grove is infamously known now for Walt Disney World. The resort is the size of Greater Manchester alone and boasts an incredible range of theme parks and water parks. The parks are continually evolving and Orlando is now a mecca for theme park enthusiasts. Make sure you check out the "big two" of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, a whole world of fun.

  • Key location: Orlando, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • 212 Miles

Theme Park Coaster's

Day 18

More time to enjoy Orlando

Another day to explore the theme parks, water parks, golf courses or swimming pools of sunny Orlando. If you plan to enjoy the parks, be sure to ask us about how to maximise your experience by avoiding the lines. The parks are HUGE, Disney World is twice the size of Manhattan!

  • Key location: Orlando, FL
  • Orlando, FL

Ocean Drive

Day 19

Explore Miami and Miami Beach

Miles of sandy beaches which are backed with spectacular Art Deco hotels. South Beach is the perfect base for your three-night stay. A great place to cruise around, walk the boardwalk or enjoy a meal while you people watch. Forget Miami Vice, this area is classy and the hotels are amongst America's best. Miami is also packed with great shopping options from giant malls to the trendy boutiques on Collins Ave. Whatever, your tastes or budget - Miami has retail therapy covered and a great place to get in some last minute retail therapy.

  • Key location: Miami Beach, FL
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • 235 Miles

Art Deco hotels

Day 20

Pool or Beach? Hmmm - it’s tough call, why not do both

Enjoy your first full day in Miami. We recommend exploring one of the many characterful neighbourhoods to really get a feel for the city. Little Havana is particularly distinctive and is home to the largest Cuban community outside of Cuba itself. We also recommend checking out The Wynwood Walls art district with colourful murals in a thriving neighbourhood. Alternatively, you may want to take a refreshing visit to the 1920s built Venetian Pool in Coral Gables to enjoy this a beautifully landscaped water feature.

  • Key location: Miami Beach, FL
  • Miami Beach, FL

Lifeguard Hut

Day 21

Hit Miami Beach before flying home the following day

Spend the last day and half relaxing by the hotel pool or chilling on the beach, check out the cool life guard huts that watch over the Atlantic coastline. It's been an action packed 3 weeks, so why not rest up for a while to recharge your batteries before flying home on Day 22.

  • Key location: Miami Beach, FL
  • Miami Beach, FL

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