U.S. East Coast

Rich with history and natural beauty, the East Coast of the United States has a little something for every visitor. Whether you are visiting one destination or travelling on a road trip, here are a few must-see attractions.

boston-1099418_1280Boston is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. This historic city of diverse neighbourhoods is home to major sports events like the Boston Marathon and beloved teams including the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics. Besides catching a game, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, shop at Newbury Street or relax at Boston Common. Boston is a great launching point for exploring New England, including the quaint towns of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine or nearby Cape Cod.

The Statue of Liberty has been a fixture in New York City since 1886. The symbol of freedom has welcomed generations of immigrants and inspired visitors from around the world. One of the world’s great cities, New York is a hub for finance, media art, culture, food and fashion. Visit conic landmarks include the Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and the Brooklyn Bridge or go shopping along the world famous Fifth Avenue.

washington-monument-1627184_1280Washington is the centre of power and politics, and home to fabulous museums and monuments. The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are just two of the monuments along the historic National Mall. Lining the two-mile stretch of parkland are the Smithsonian museums including the Natural History Museum, American History Museum, Air & Space Museum, and the Museum of African American History & Culture. Other must-see attractions are the White House, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the Capitol. Here it is worth noting one of the best ways to experience the east coast is by hiring a car and stopping off in each of these great locations on route. However the USA has different policies when it comes to renting cars meaning the level of cover is different to that of European rental agreements and elsewhere across the globe. Check the web for more details when it comes to renting a car in the states. Insurance4carhire has some good info on this.

The home of George Washington, Mount Vernon is a popular historic attraction. Visit Washington’s Tomb and explore his beautiful mansion. Built in 1735, the restored rooms of the mansion and the plantation’s grounds provide a glimpse at eighteenth century life. If you want to learn more about America’s presidents, consider a road trip to Charlottesville. About 2.5 hours south-west of Mount Vernon, the city is home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Just outside Charlottesville is Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former plantation of President Jefferson.

For true Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah is a must. The coastal city’s Historic District is the largest of its kind in the United States. With more than twenty beautiful squares and fine architecture, Savannah is best experienced from one of the horse-drawn carriages that meander through the city’s streets. You can also get lost on foot along the tree-lined cobblestone streets. Mansions, churches and monuments throughout this beloved city also help tell the South’s history, especially during the Civil War.

North of Savannah is Charleston. Visitors to this elegant port city can step back in time and stand on the site where the first shot of the Civil War was fired. Many buildings date back centuries since the city was largely sparred during the war. The result is a cityscape dominated by church steeples, cobblestone streets, and a mix of stunning architecture – from Colonial and Georgian to Greek Revival and Victorian. There are several antebellum mansions and former plantations close to the city, including Boone Hall.

Everglades National Park is a unique destination filled with rare and endangered species, including manatees, crocodiles and panthers. The Everglades is one of the world’s largest wetlands and the park protects 1.5 million acres. The mangrove ecosystem is the largest in the Western hemisphere, and visitors can experience them up close with short hikes through the marshy wonderland. If you have a car hire, travel south to the sunny beaches and marinas of the Florida Keys or east to the bustling Miami.