A road trip across America can mean a plethora of things. Whether you are traveling coastally or across the USA you are bound to try new foods, experience new things and encounter personalities you may have never otherwise encountered. Personally, I trekked across the east coast and more recently, drove across country. Here are some stunning cities to visit during your east coast adventure.
Newport is the epitome of a classic, New England town. Nestled right on the Narragansett Bay, Newport boosts some of the chicest boutiques and the sexiest sailors. Within a two mile stretch, dive bars and restaurants are all easily accessible by a quick jaunt. Try the clam chowder and the Snowball in Hell at local favorite, Clarke Cooke House. Clarke Cooke House also turns into an underground club at night called “The Boom Boom Room.” Check it out if you want to burn off that dessert!
While in Newport you should take a moment to enjoy the history of this quaint town. Mansion Row includes historic mansions from Alexander Graham Bell, The Vanderbilts and numerous other influential Americans. Most mansions are available for tour, and bonus – all ticket fees are donated to the Newport Historical Society to keep these homes beautiful.
Sea Bright is home to some of Jersey’s most gorgeous beaches, and is currently in the later phases of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. Besides having numerous beach clubs, their public beach costs only $8.00 for a day pass. Just a stone’s-throw away in Long Branch is the the original Windmill restaurant. Be sure to pick up a hot dog, crinkle fries and enjoy a low-key meal on a beach blanket at sunset!
Sea Bright is speckled with numerous bike rental shops. A fun activity is to grab lunch and a bike, and peddle down the long stretch of white sand. Dive! and Donovan’s Reef, are two local watering holes that have been rebuilt after Sandy and are not to be missed. Try the Rum Bucket at Dive! for a delicious drink, but be sure to take a cab home!
Located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake, this bustling town is just adorable. Cape Charles includes a mix of marinas, golf courses, Victorian homes and oyster shacks for yummy seafood. The Sea Gate Bed and Breakfast is an ideal spot for lodging with beautiful porches, unique bedrooms, and it is a quick walk to the bay.
Besides water activities, Pfeiffer Riding Stables offers trail rides, pony rides and a variety of lessons. This 150-acre waterfront farm has scenic views and wooded trails for a relaxing guided trip. At night, be sure to visit The Shanty for crab cakes, steamers and a glass of Chardonnay.
Charleston, SC is one of the most beautiful towns in America. It is spotted with colorful double-porch “Charleston Single Homes” and a rich and interesting history. The Battery area has some of the most grand homes in America and is the location of where the first shots were fired sparking the Civil War.
Charleston is also incredibly romantic. Besides being the number one wedding destination in America, it is home to Boone Hall, where The Notebook was filmed. Horse-drawn carriages and rickshaws are one of the most popular ways to get around downtown on the cobblestone streets. Make sure to snuggle up next to your date if you partake in this! Check out King Street during your visit for antiques, cute shops and fine dining. If you are looking for good Thai cuisine in the south, try Basil. Their Pad Thai and Three-Flavored Fish are savory and delectable.
St. Augustine or as it’s commonly called, “The Nation’s Oldest City” is a town full of rich history. St. Augustine is full of museums, art galleries, music and theatre. Be sure to check out The Limelight if you are in the mood for a musical or play. Or, if you want something more sound based, The St. Augustine Amphitheater has hosted everything from ZZ Top to John Legend.
Castillo de San Marcos is a Spanish-style national park that is not only beautiful architecturally, but embodies nearly 450 years of history. Overlooking this fort is No Name Bar, which is an inexpensive, yet tasty hotspot. Cellar 6 wine bar is another favorite local dinner spot. Try their short ribs with a glass of Shiraz for a truly delightful meal.
The east coast is full of tiny jewels of towns, each rich with their own history and charm.
Where are some of your favorite towns in America?