East Coast Road Trip

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  1. Squilly macrumors 68020

    Squilly

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    I live in PA near Philadelphia. My brother, a couple friends and I are going up to NYC for the premier of Americas Got Talent (did it last year too). Afterwards, we have plans to go down to the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area by car - no flying. Been to Maryland, NJ, Florida and the northern tip of Virginia before (Williamsburg/Busch Gardens). Coming to ask MR good places to stop at along the route. We have plans to stop at one of the Carolina's for some beach (friends idea). Other suggestions?
     
  2. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    I also live outside of Philly, and every year for years my wife and I drove down to Hilton Head Island (SC, near Georgia). From our trips, here are a few suggestions:

    • Annapolis, MD
    • Baltimore Inner Harbor
    • Washington DC (I love walking the Mall between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial - Smithsonians are a must-see)
    • Norfolk, VA if you are into Navy stuff
    • South of the Border, a total tourist-trap but lots of cheesy fun just south of the NC/SC border
    • Savannah, GA is a beautiful city—I recommend taking a guided walking/bus tour of the historical portion
    • Once you are in Miami, be sure to check out South Beach
    • The Everglades are not a far drive from Miami
     
  3. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

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    if you are willing to go slow, the Blue Ridge Parkway is spectacular.
     
  4. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

    Squilly

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    Thanks for the tips! South Beach is a must, been to the Everglades on a tour before. Will check into the others.

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    I keep forgetting about that stretch of highway. Isn't the speed limit 40mph? I do want to go through though.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I recommend stopping in Washington D.C. and spend a few days seeing the nation's capital. I would also recommend spending a couple of days in Charleston, SC.
     
  6. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I completely forgot to update this. We ended up going to NYC, saw America's Got Talent and drove through the night until morning, we missed all the DC traffic which was my main concern - stopped at a Waffle House in Wade, NC. The drive continued, stopped for the day in Savannah, Georgia at the Best Western ($40 for 4 people, just outside of downtown) with breakfast and a decent pool. Went downtown, ate at Outback and walked the shops a bit, slept and left the next morning. The drive continued, got pulled over by a state trooper on I-95 in Florida going 93 in a 65. Cut us a break, said it was 79, nice cop. At the border, there was a sign for Orlando tickets, $39 a ticket. We missed the exit for the welcome center so couldn't stop off.
    We got to Coconut Grove the same day, which is where we were staying, went to a Cheesecake Factory in the area, walked around town then crashed for the night. Next day was South Beach - unplanned but definitely the best day of the trip. Went on the beach (beautiful beach, perfect water), shopped a bit, friends rented a moped, went to dinner at a place called The Sugar Factory (it's not what it sounds like), had a fantastic meal with a fantastic waitress. Got served an alcoholic beverage without getting carded (none of us were 21, waitress was just awesome), had filet mignon & lobster afterwards. Stayed out a bit longer for the nightlife then back to the hotel. Third day was next to nothing, stayed at the hotel pool and relaxed. Planned out the rest of the vacation a bit and decided to leave a day early to do Disney world, Seaworld or Port Canaveral. Ultimately, none of that happened, the others ran out of money. Final day (#4 in FL) went to the Miami Zoo. Tickets were cheap but it was nothing spectacular. Tickets were $13, whereas Seaworld tickets (or anything in Orlando was at least $60+ p/p). Stayed at the hotel for the night and leave by noon. It took 7+ hours to get out of Florida. Drive straight through to get back, unfortunately didn't do anything at South of the Border or Blue Ridge Parkway - it was midnight for SOTB and far too late for Blue Ridge. Hit minor traffic in DC, nothing awful. Accidentally stopped off at a GM Operations plant in Baltimore, saw an oil rig in the back but just stayed in the parking lot. Got back to the house around 5pm the next day, straight through, no hotel.
    Ultimately, would I do it again? Yeah, but with different people. Tough having a good time when #1 you can't make everyone happy and #2 the others have serious money constraints. My brother (the business owner) and I are either planning a two night stay to Times Square or go down to Myrtle Beach, SC with stops at the OuterBanks, South of the Border and Blue Ridge Parkway. Sorry for long block of text. May post some pictures.
    Oh, forgot to mention: thunderstorms were expected every day for the length of the trip. We hit some awful weather while on I-95 but no storms during the stay in Miami.
     

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