Stretching all the way from the land of lobster down to the end of The Sunshine State’s peninsula, the Atlantic Ocean-side of the U.S., these East Coast road trip ideas give travelers fourteen different states to discover on an East Coast road trip. Picture yurts in the mountains, woodland cabins, and luxury tents all along the way; they’ll be no boring hotel stays on this car journey! We’re here to help you glamp your way down the East Coast. Road trip ideas like these will ensure this year’s road trip is one to never be forgotten.
Visit Maine’s lighthouses: unique East Coast road trip ideas
Kick things off in Maine in a rustic yurt, either in the mountains of Denmark or pondside near Portland (not to be confused by the city of the same name in Oregon!), some truly stunning East Coast road trip destinations. Maine’s claim to fame are its lighthouses, so be sure to add Two Lights State Park, Portland Head Light, Spring Point Ledge Light, and Bug Light to your itinerary, all of which are only 20 minutes away from Portland and roughly an hour from Denmark.
Head into the White Mountains, one of the best road trip destinations on the East Coast
Explore the White Mountains and the accompanying National Forest from a charming cabin in New Hampshire, one of the best road trip destinations on the East Coast. Venturing further down to Massachusetts, you’ll find yourself glamping in a secluded pond house in Ashfield or a repurposed train caboose from the 1910s in Chester.
Take your East Coast road trip off shore
Massachusetts is home to Martha’s Vineyard, the Freedom Trail, the Boston Common, Plymouth Rock, Fenway Park, Paul Revere House, and Harvard Square, to name a few of its major attractions. Sticking close to Ashfield, glampers will find Chapel Brook and Ashfield Lake, as well as nearby Pioneer Valley, North Adams, and Williamstown.
You’ll find yourself in a serene tree house while passing through Connecticut. It’s the perfect accommodation from which to discover The Berkshires, which runs through western Massachusetts and Connecticut, and holds sites like the Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood, Hancock Shaker Village, and Herman Millville’s Arrowhead.
Head out of the Big Apple to Upstate New York for East Coast RV trips and more in 2020
Upon arriving at New York, there is such a variety of glamping rentals in Upstate New York that you may want to extend this leg of the trip a few extra days. Have your pick—or choose two!—between a lovely yurt, a cozy cottage, a stay on an organic farm, and a luxury tent in the Adirondacks.
Upstate New York is made up of a number of well-known cities, such as Albany, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, and Syracuse, but there’s much to be said for the region’s small towns and remote, natural areas, too. Don’t miss seeing the Adirondack Mountains, the Erie Canal, the Finger Lakes, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake George, and Lake Placid, to name but a few.
Visit historical sites in stunning Pennsylvania
History buffs will love staying so close to the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at this round-shaped cabin in Maryland. Head northwest from Gettysburg to Upper Black Eddy for a stay at this enormous log cabin where you’ll have premiere access to the historically significant Delaware River, as well as Ringing Rocks Park and Nockamixon Cliffs.
Wind your way down to Virginia to a riverside yurt or a cabin stay at a local farm with views of Old Rag Mountain. Pop up over to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., for a day trip, or keep exploring the area’s natural attractions, like the Shenandoah River and National Park, the Luray Caverns, Kennedy’s Peak and the George Washington National Forest, and Tasker’s Gap.
Weave your way through the Carolinas, stopping at a screened-in cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains or canvas tented cabins by Moravian Falls in North Carolina and a cozy dome rental or a luxury bell tent in South Carolina.
North Carolina offers you the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Outer Banks, the Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock State Park, and Grandfather Mountain—giving glampers a continued dose of mountain and woodland activities and attractions. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, you can’t miss Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, Huntington Beach State Park, and a tour around the South Carolina Plantations.
Southward bound you go, nearly reaching the end of your East Coast road trip, with only a couple of states left before the car journey of a lifetime is complete. In Georgia, enjoy the comfort of a traditional cabin or the uniqueness of a futuristic dome in between hikes and canoe rides through Chattahoochee National Forest or visits to Okefenokee Swamp, Forsyth Park, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and Jekyll Island.
Your final stop on this year’s East Coast road trip will be a plush luxury tent in Florida that even includes its own personal concierge. At a mere hour south of Orlando, you can combine glamping with a day’s worth of fun at Disney World. Alternatively, set off to find your favorite beach in Florida, soaking up the area’s tropical climate at Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, Canaveral National Seashore, and many more.
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