If there's one thing I know like the back of my hand, it's the drive from New England to Florida. Normally people cringe at the sound of a road trip that far, but it excites me. Since I have done the journey over a half dozen times, I thought I would share my favorite places to stop along the East Coast. Comment below to share your favorite travel destination.
1. Portland, ME
If you like ocean side views, and the freshest lobster in the country than this is the city for you. The Old Port has the cutest converted warehouses filled with restaurants and shops. On a summer Friday night, bands play on fishing docks and the city truly comes to life. I highly recommend a bar called the Drink Exchange where the prices of drinks fluctuate based on the demand.
2. Burlington, VT
The best time to go to Vermont definitely has to be in the fall. When the leaves change color in the mountains, the views are absolutely breath taking. Take a stroll around Lake Champlain for some Insta worthy pictures. Before leaving town be sure to see the iconic Ben & Jerry’s shop on Church Street. You can get some free ice cream (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough yes please!) and take a tour of the factory in Waterbury, VT.
3. Portsmouth, NH
This quaint New England city is easily the best kept secret of the Northeast. It is situated in the heart of an authentic old settlement. Houses built in the 1600’s, and parks bursting with fresh flowers add to the historic charm of this beautiful town. Grab a cup of clam chowder and sit along the waterfront while ships and fisherman come into the port.
4. Boston, MA
Easily one of the most historic cities on the East Coast, Boston is my home away from home. From the North End, Back Bay, or Southie each part of town has it’s own unique flavor. Enjoy a Red Sox’s game at Fenway or go kayaking on the Charles River, and I promise you will feel just like a local (minus the Bostonian accent).
5. New York City, NY
Home to some of the most amazing restaurants, shopping, and sight-seeing in the country NYC has a special place in my heart. Our favorite spot for treats is called Momofuku Milk Bar. There is always a line of people eagerly waiting for a “Crack Pie” soft serve ice cream topped with Captain Crunch cereal (Warning: it’s addicting).
6. Washington, DC
I would not be a true American without including Washington, DC on my list of top cities. It is so fascinating to spend the day learning about our history at the Smithsonian’s and monuments (which are all free to enter). One of our favorite areas of town for dining and shopping is Georgetown. Check out Sprinkles cupcakes while you are there, it will not disappoint.
7. Charleston, SC
It’s hard not to want a southern accent after driving through the heart of downtown Charleston. Pastel colored houses and historic boutique hotels make me feel like I’ve been transported back to the 1600’s. Take a horse drawn carriage or trolley tour to get a quick overview of this renowned city. For breakfast you must go to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit for some mind-blowing grits and biscuits.
8. Savannah, GA
Known as Charleston’s “sister city”, Savannah is just as charming and picturesque. Spanish moss-covered oaks, cobble stone roads, and quaint city squares add to the uniqueness of this beautiful place. We usually go out on River Street where there are plenty of restaurants and shops to discover. Did I mention there is no open container law here?
9. St. Augustine, FL
The oldest city in the country, established in 1565, St. Augustine has the prettiest Spanish architecture I have ever seen. Home to Flagler College, where supposedly Henry Flager’s ghost haunts the dorms… There are some incredible old properties like Ponce de Leon Hotel and Hotel Alcazar to visit.
10. Miami, FL
From the crystal clear ocean at South Beach to the colorful murals of Wynwood, Miami never disappoints. Rent a bike and drive up and down Ocean Drive to take in all the sights. Our favorite place to go in the evening is Bodegas. After devouring tacos and guacamole at the food truck, say the magic word to enter the speakeasy bar concealed behind a metal doorway. In true Miami fashion they will have you take a shot of tequila to get in, and get the party started.
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Welcome to my blog, my name is Rachael. I'm a twenty-something year old from southern New Hampshire. I'm studying marketing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Follow me as I adventure through my senior year.