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Ultimate East Coast

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

East Coast America is packed with incredible places to visit. Vibrant cities, beautiful beaches and historic sites are found throughout our Ultimate East Coast road trip.

This road trip adventure starts in New York City, you’ll then cruise south along the Atlantic Coast all the way to Miami Beach in southern Florida.


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 epic east coast road trip adventure


Manhattan Skyline

Day 1

Arrive in the greatest city of the World

Start your east coast America road trip with four amazing days exploring the World’s greatest city by foot. An epicentre of the arts and America's true dining and shopping capital. If you've got the energy and arrive early enough, then we recommend you start with an open-top bus tour. Not only is it great value for money, but it will also help you familiarise yourself with the lay of the land. Your personalised Road Trip Pack is full of recommendations of where to eat and what to see and do.

  • Key location: New York, NY
  • New York, NY

New York - New York

Day 2

Check out Midtown's Shops & Skyscrapers

Highlights today could include visiting The Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Times Square, Broadway and the Rockefeller Centre. Just make sure to allow time to watch the sunset from either the Rockefeller's "Top of The Rock" or The Empire State Building. Watch as the sun disappears and The Big Apple's lights switch-on to bring a whole different look from these awe-inspiring viewing points. After dinner, you might still have time for some shopping on 5th Avenue, this is the city that doesn't sleep after all.

  • Key location: New York, NY
  • New York, NY

Central Park

Day 3

Explore Central Park and Uptown Manhattan today

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, NY
  • New York, NY

Lady Liberty

Day 4

Discover the joys of Downtown today

Downtown stretches to Battery Park at the most southern tip of Manhattan, ferries leave from here 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 neighbourhoods 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, NY
  • New York, NY

Museum of Art

Day 5

Start your east coast road trip by driving 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 great shopping, nightlife and museums too. Where else in the world can you recreate that famous scene from Rocky, the steps of the Museum of Art await you. Who'll be first to reach the top?

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

Philadelphia Freedom

Day 6

Feel the Philadelphia freedom

Take a Big Bus Tour to experience the unique history and beauty of Philadelphia from the top of an authentic London double-decker. Enjoy spectacular city views while hilarious tour-guides entertain you with fascinating facts and fun stories about Philadelphia's history. Get on and off as you please, this is a great way to explore the City of Brotherly Love.

  • Key location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA

Capitol Hill in DC

Day 7

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

You’ll drive to down Washington DC today, via one of 2 routes. Either head straight for DC, which will take around two to three hours. Or alternatively, you can go on a little history detour which visits Amish Country, Gettysburg and historic Harpers Ferry en route. Your personalised Road Trip Pack will tell all the available route options for every leg of this east coast road trip, which route you take will be totally up to you of course. After dinner in the Capitol, consider visiting some of the main sights along The Mall, which are proudly lit up once the sun has set.

  • Key location: Washington DC
  • Washington DC
  • 140 Miles

National Monument

Day 8

Washington’s monuments, museums and federal buildings

This unique “Federal District” contains much of the planets political and financial power. World class museums lie between the US Capitol and the Lincoln memorial, the greatest repository of knowledge and culture on the planet awaits. Just like Britain, these massive museums are free to enter and a real national treasure. We also recommend you explore Georgetown. This is a charming corner of the city, and well worth a couple of hours to explore the charming boutiques, restaurants and streets that surround the famous Georgetown University.

  • Key location: Washington DC
  • Washington DC

Historic Colonial Parkway

Day 9

Continue south to 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 17th century. Travel west of here and you’ll discover the wealthy homes of former slave owners which line the James River.

  • Key location: The Colonial Parkway
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • 150 Miles

The Outer Banks

Day 10

The barrier islands of the Outer Banks

Off the east coast of the US lies 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
  • 120 Miles

Outer Banks Lighthouse

Day 11

Cruise down the east coast to Wilmington

Spend the morning exploring the beaches and lighthouses of the Outer Banks 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
  • 240 Miles

Antebellum Home

Day 12

Charming colonial Charleston

Steeped in Colonial and Civil War history, Charleston is a perfectly preserved 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 and colourful houses make this a unique city and a firm favourite with our clients.

  • 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 available visitor options. These include 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.

  • Key location: Charleston, SC
  • Charleston, SC

Savannah Lighthouse

Day 14

Seductive Savannah’s awaits today

Cruise down to Savannah in the morning, exploring beautiful beaches as you take this short drive. Be sure to work up an appetite en route, Savannah is home to 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
  • 110 Miles

Savannah Townhouse

Day 15

Another day to explore Savannah's houses and squares

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

Florida's best kept secret - Amelia Island

Located just off the coast of north-east 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
  • 125 Miles

Orlando's Lake Eola

Day 17

Next up... Orlando's theme parks

You now have the option to leave the east coast for a few days, and head inland to visit 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. These parks are continually growing and evolving and Orlando is now a mecca for theme park enthusiasts. Prefer to stay on the east coast? Then you can choose to have additional time on Amelia Island and a stop in Cape Canaveral instead.

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

Theme Park Fun

Day 18

A second day to enjoy Orlando

Another day to explore Orlando’s theme parks, water parks and swimming pools. If you plan to enjoy the parks in a significant way, then feel free to ask for additional days here when you get in touch with us.

  • Key location: Orlando, FL
  • Orlando, FL

Ocean Avenue

Day 19

Back to the east coast and Miami Beach

You'll complete your Ultimate East Coast road trip by driving down to Miami, where you'll find miles of sandy beaches 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 gigantic malls to the trendy boutiques on Collins Ave. Whatever your tastes or budget - Miami has your retail therapy covered.

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

South Beach Hotels

Day 20

Miami isn't only about hitting the beach you know

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 Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.

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

Lifeguard Hut

Day 21

Hit Miami Beach before flying home the following day

Perhaps, you spend the last day and half of your holiday 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 from your east coast holiday on day 22.

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

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