The Atlantic coastline, along the east coast of the United States, is generally well-populated. Some port cities, some not. But there is always a beautiful beach to escape to. For generations, families have driven to this shoreline for vacation – whether in the north or the south. And many families still do.
Are you ready to take a vacation to some of the most classic vacation spots? The east coast has a ton of them! Check these out.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a popular destination for many families – especially in the summertime.
It is a tourist-filled city along the coast. There is so much to do here*, including something for everyone. There is shopping and dining. You can take a stroll on the boardwalk where you will find old-fashioned arcades and souvenir stands. The boardwalk is also where you will find the amusement park, Family Kingdom – which is home to one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the United States! Then again, you could just spend your days relaxing on the beach or playing a round of golf.
Stay at the Belmond Charleston Place and enjoy one of the most envied urban settings in the country.
Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida takes you back in time to classic Florida. While some hotels and resorts have been renovated, many still hold that “old Florida” feel, reminiscent of days gone by. The shoreline is lined with these hotels just waiting for you to choose this classic east coast destination.
You may have heard of this city thanks to the Daytona 500 that takes place at the Daytona International Speedway*. This huge raceway can be seen on your way to the ocean and is generally open for tours while you are here. It’s a great destination for NASCAR fans.
In addition to the races, Daytona Beach has a boardwalk with carnival games and arcades, as well as delicious dining on the pier. Last, but not least, did you know you can drive your car onto the sandy beach? That’s right – you can sunbathe right next to your car.
Grab your beach towel and step back in time in Daytona Beach.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia is an incredible place to visit. It is full of excitement and exploring, as well as activities and adventure. It is located where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet. Just as you can drive your car onto the beach in Daytona, you can ride your horse on the beach here! Horseback riding along the coast is a favored activity by tourists and locals, alike. Or, you can spend time dining, shopping, or just enjoy the entertainment located on the three-mile Virginia Beach boardwalk.
Virginia Beach offers so much: dining on local seafood, enjoying the lengthy list of events that take place here, fishing, parks, breweries, boating, etc. And, because this city is so close to our nation’s capital, there is a lot of rich history nearby to explore.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts sits just south of Cape Cod. It is an island in the Atlantic Ocean with a steadily growing population. This affluent island is accessible by plane and boat only.
Most popular for visits in the summertime, Martha’s Vineyard has a lot of things to do – and a lot of ways to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate yourself. For instance, fishing and boating are obvious activities, as is sunbathing and spending time in the ocean. However, many tourists enjoy shopping at all the local shops and feasting on some incredibly fresh local seafood*. Don’t forget to scope out the lighthouses or rent a bike to explore the island!
Escape the hustle and bustle of life – just as some of our past Presidents have – and visit the quiet island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Heading down south, Savannah, Georgia is a true example of southern hospitality and southern living. And, talk about being a classic – this city has cobblestone, tree-lined streets and old town architecture. It’s quaint. It’s beautiful. And its full of charm.
Not far from the Atlantic Ocean, Savannah sits in the southeastern region of Georgia. If you are big on history and have an appreciation of the beauty you can find outdoors, this is your spot. Historical churches, art galleries, parks, ghost tours*, and the fountains are all must-sees. Savannah also has some of the best fried chicken you will ever experience.
While you can walk pretty much everywhere throughout the beautiful city, you will have to have some transportation to the beach. Once you have seen all the sights, grab a ride to the nearby Atlantic Ocean and spend your day soaking up the sun and breathing in the salty air.
Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach offers a classic taste of Florida. With its art deco districts in South Beach, you will feel like you have been taken back in time. Miami, Florida is a melting pot of people from all over the world. Many who reside there, many who are just passing through. However, no matter who you are, you will find something just for you in this busy city.
Miami offers you the chance to golf on some of the most beautiful courses. Or, you can go boating, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. Then visit art museums, aquariums, zoos, history museums, celebrity tours, boat tours, etc. When you are done, you can dine on cuisine from around the world – Cuban, Jamaican, Indian, Italian, German, Mexican, Caribbean, etc. After dinner? The nightlife is unstoppable in Miami Beach. Clubs indoors and outdoors – even on the sandy shore! You will want to dress to impress and keep your eyes open for celebrities.
Many people have experienced life in Miami Beach over the years. Will you be one of them? Don’t miss this classic destination.
The east coast has its own unique offerings to anyone who chooses to venture. And, while each destination has something wonderful to experience, each is considered a classic in their own special ways.
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