Starting in the city that never sleeps, this tour down the East Coast of the USA combines the thrill of the three of the country’s best cities with the insouciant charm of the South. New York, D.C., Charleston, and Miami await you—not to mention the wilderness in between.
New York City
Pine Knoll Shores
1. New York City
Your trip begins in the Big Apple. From the neon light of Times Square to Central Park's verdant paths, New York City is widely regarded as the heart of the US, undulating with an irrepressible energy during the day and an untiring buzz at night. Visit the MoMa, the Empire State Building, or go to the Statue of Liberty—but don’t forget to grab a slice of pizza and watch the sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge.
2. Washington D.C.
Monuments, memorials, grand neoclassical buildings, hip neighbourhoods, and an iconic grid system—D.C. is abuzz with things to do. Don’t let the city’s business vibe put you off: hipper parts of town like Dupont Circle and U Street blend perfectly with the city’s historical sights. The city is also home to some of the best museums in the country, including the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art.
3. Kitty Hawk
Known widely as the place of the famous Wright Brothers’ first aerial flight, Kitty Hawk offers you perfect respite from the urban excitement of New York and D.C. This beach town is a tranquil and serene place, with a beautiful boardwalk and several nature and wildlife reserves. Make sure to hike the trails that cut through the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve, made up of forest, marsh, and swampland.
4. Pine Knoll Shores
The serene neighbourhood of Pine Knoll Shores is situated on North Carolina’s Atlantic shores, dubbed the Crystal Coast for its pristine, translucent ocean waters. Stop by the North Carolina Aquarium, or play a round of golf at the renowned Crystal Coast Country Club on the ocean. Swimming, surfing, and sunbathing on the Atlantic Coast are also par for the course here.
5. Myrtle Beach
Your next stop is Myrtle Beach, a man-made island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. As one of the US’s prime family holiday destinations, this South Carolina city, named for the area’s wax myrtle bushes, is a perfect place to experience the warmth of the South, featuring plenty of water activities and a local state park perfect for a day exploration.
With cobblestone streets, horse and carriage transport, and white antebellum mansions, the South Carolina port city of Charleston is a treasure of the South. The classically designed French Quarter and Battery Districts feature Victorian and 17th Century architecture, painstakingly restored and kept as a reminder of times gone by. Nostalgia breathes in this city, reflected in everything the charm of southern hospitality to its southern food scene, full of grits and shrimp.
The northern coast of Georgia gives a breezy wind to Savannah, the oldest city in the state. Start at Forsyth Park—with its graceful oak trees hanging with Spanish moss—before continuing to tour Savannah's Historic District, where self-guided audio tours are available from the Visitors’ Centre. Like Charleston, this southern city’s charms should not be underestimated.
8. St. Augustine
Your entry into Florida begins in St. Augustine: founded in 1565, it is the oldest European settlement in the United States. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a fort which dates back to 1695, continues to shine high, providing a good introduction to the Spanish-colonial architecture of the region. The city’s two major museums—the Lightner Museum and the Villa Zorayda Museum—are also unmissable for any traveller interested in this city’s storied past.
9. Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach in Florida is a local treasure to many, which makes it an unspoiled joy for any traveller of the East Coast. Hop on board an Indian River cruise and experience the beautiful area before stopping at Space Coast, a delightful white sand beach that overlooks the Kennedy Space Centre. Make sure also to catch the waves on the sandy beaches.
10. Miami Beach
America’s Riviera is the final point on your tour, at once a vibrant urban metropolis and a natural wonderland complete with turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. Finish your tour with a jaunt alongside the sands of North Miami Beach, or the galleries and theatres of Greater Miami. Whatever you do, don’t forget to experience the cultural melange of Vice City, present in the vibrant Cuban eateries that have now become established in the city’s food scene.
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