US East Coast Trip
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 7, 2013 5:49 AM Last Post By: RobertGray
Jan 6, 2013 11:44 AM
US East Coast TripHi everyone, and a Happy New Year!!
I posted a while back about the B2 visa as I was planning on a six month trip to the US with my other half, anyway, things have changed because he has been promoted at work and the opportunity was too good to pass for a 6 month holiday, so, our new plan, which is partly booked, is now a four week east coast trip from mid-August to mid-September this year.
Anyway, our plan so far is Boston for 3 nights, then renting a car for 4 days to explore some of New England, back to Boston to catch a train to Philly for two nights then catch a train to Washington for 3 nights.
We then pick up a car in Washington and have 12 days to drive to Miami (12 days as we are due to book into our hotel in Miami on 12 September). The only stops we have planned at the moment are Myrtle beach, Charleston and Savannah. I would like to get to Miami a couple of days early and drive to Key West and stay over for a night and maybe another night on another one of the other Keys (recommendations welcome!)
Anyway, my question is, is there anywhere anyone can recommend between Washington and Miami that might be of interest to a couple in our mid-20s who love history, sight-seeing, nature, sea life, bars, good food, culture and sport (we are hoping to catch a couple of baseball games, basketball or american football games if in season).
Any and all receommendations would be really helpful!
Jan 6, 2013 12:57 PM
In roughly north-to-south order:
Lexington, NC (barbecue).
Great Smokey Mountains.
You may not be able to visit all of these in your time frame, so take a look and see which appeal to you more.
There is no basketball that time of year. Baseball is in full swing, and football will just be starting.
For sports, your best bets are Red Sox, Phillies, Eagles, Nationals, Redskins, Panthers, Marlins and Dolphins. There are also a number of college football teams you could look into. See FAQ 260.
Jan 6, 2013 1:01 PM
2You might try this http://www.bluegrassfestivalguide.com/ncstate.htm
Jan 6, 2013 2:13 PM
I tell people who want to go to the Keys that the Keys are for boating, fishing, diving, and doing nothing. Key West is a 24/7 party. Key West also has a "colorful" history and a number of quirky museums. The "culture" in the Keys is like no other. I've heard it said that a person could have three heads and walk down Duval St. unnoticed. Be prepared to be "amused." You need to charter or rent a boat to appreciate the nature and sea life. Key West is the bar capitol of North America if not the world. As far as I know, the best seafood restaurants in the world are also in the Keys. Have you ever had conch steak? I would encourage you to spend two nights in one place in the Keys. Three nights would be better.
Be aware that the weekend of the 19-22 September is the 41st Annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run. That is also the time of the bonefish tournament at Marathon. If you don't know, bonefish are, pound-for-pound, the most challenging of game fish. I suggest that you do some research on the things that are going on in the Keys before you decide when to visit. There are both things you will want to participate in and things you will want to avoid.
Have a great time.
Jan 6, 2013 4:52 PM
Jan 7, 2013 5:49 AM
7RE: Anyway, our plan so far is Boston for 3 nights, then renting a car for 4 days to explore some of New England, back to Boston.
New England has a huge variety of destinations and resources. The seacoast of Cape Cod and of Maine are wonderfully contrasting experiences. Boston, New Haven and out-of-the-way places like Amherst, MA have amazing museums and Art. History is everywhere, and the City of Boston is immensely proud of the city's role in the American revolution.
Four days is very short. Consider keeping one of the great mobile location-based apps with you to maximize your in-area discovery and experience. Lonely Planet will get you to the best of Boston itself, but iPhone apps like: Google Places, Where, and New England At-Hand will continuously be your "eyes" on what is hidden "around-the-corner" during your days outside the city. Download several and see which fits your interests best.
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