From sunny beaches to snow capped mountains the East Coast of the United States is home to some of the most amazing vacation spots in the United States.
It is home to places like Assateague Island (one of the few places in the United States where you can see wild horses roaming the beach), New York City (the center of the universe according to Rent The Musical), and Washington DC (the capital of the United States).
If you're looking for a weekend getaway on the East Coast we got you covered. Most of the places featured are easily accessible and are perfect for 2 and even 3-day weekend trips.
So let's get started on this list of weekend getaways east coast edition.
What is the best vacation spot on the East Coast?
- Ten Thousand Islands – Florida, USA
- Key West, Florida
- Assateague Island
- Roanoke, Virginia
- Wilmington, NC
Where should I go for a weekend getaway in New England?
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Providence, Rhode Island is the perfect weekend getaway on the US East Coast. Aside from being one of the most underrated US cities, it’s small enough to be able to explore and experience it all in just a few days.
Providence is a small city with many different personalities to suit everyone’s needs. The opposite natures of the East Side and the West End are the perfect counterbalance to each other.
The East Side is lined with quaint historic homes and brownstones, posh restaurants, not to mention ivy-covered universities (Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design are both located on the East Side).
The West End, on the other hand, is a tad grittier, but home to Providence’s thriving culinary scene and many city happenings, such as PVDfest and other multicultural events. If you’re in the mood for a drink, see if you can find one of the city’s speakeasies.
Providence is home to many museums, including the Children’s Museum, the RISD Museum, and a history museum as well.
Hop on a ferry to Newport for a few hours to experience island life, see a polo match, or simply relax on the waters of Narragansett Bay.
The Dean Hotel downtown is a popular place to stay, as it is centrally located in the city. Providence is small enough to be walkable, but public transportation is widely available and reliable.
Providence is located right on I-95 if you’re driving the coast, or alternatively, TF Green Airport is a mere 20 minute drive away.
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Where to Stay in Providence, RI
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Providence, RI here.
Top Thing to Do in Providence, RI
Take a stroll along the Providence River on a summer Saturday night to experience Providence Waterfire, when fires are lit along the center of the river, its banks filled with vendors and entertainers. You can even take a gondola ride during Waterfire or a narrated boat tour.
Find more tours and activities in Providence, RI here.
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Cape Cod is the perfect place to get away for the weekend. There is a variety of scenery and activities as well as delicious seafood shacks.
Sam’s Seafood is a great dining option with 2 locations in Cape Cod.
Cape Code has wonderful beaches and what makes it unique is that you can easily travel to the ocean side beach or a bayside beach within the same weekend or even the same day.
Bayside beaches are nice for exploring tidal pools and wading through shallow warm water. Ocean beaches are great for the waves and soft sand.
The towns of Hyannis and West Yarmouth are ideal locations to stay as they are in the central cape and provide easy access to everything Cape Cod offers.
There are plenty of budget motels in the area. However, if you are looking for beach front accommodations the Cove in Orleans is a great option.
For those who have a more active style, Cape Cod offers several bike trails including the shining sea bikeway with a variety of landscapes.
Cape Cod also has some great kayaking spots for ocean kayaking and through calmer marshes. Cape Cod has numerous lighthouses that you can visit, scenic views, and an abundance of wildlife.
You can explore nature and see horseshoe crabs, jelly fish, shore birds, seals and even go whale watching. There’s also many free activities available in Cape Cod so it’s easy to visit Cape Cod on a budget.
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Where to Stay in Cape Cod
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Cape Cod here.
Top Thing to Do in Cape Cod
Go Kayaking or go Fat Tire Biking on the beach.
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Packed with interesting history, beautiful views, delicious food, and a seemingly never-ending list of fun things to do, Boston is without a doubt one of the best weekend getaways on the east coast.
Set right on the water, Boston’s best things to do include strolling the Harborwalk, visiting the penguins at the New England Aquarium, going on a whale-watching excursion, strolling through the beautiful Boston Public Garden and Boston Common, and catching a Red Sox game.
If you’re looking to explore beautiful neighborhoods, consider seeking out picturesque Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, finding Paul Revere’s House in the North End, or strolling down Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay.
Museum lovers will adore the Venetian-inspired Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the incredible Museum of Science, and the many museums over the river in Cambridge–particularly those run by Harvard and MIT.
Boston is known for its historic sites associated with the US Revolutionary War, and in addition to the Paul Revere House mentioned above, you may want to seek out the Old State House, the USS Constitution, Park Street Church, Faneuil Hall, and more–all of which are located along Boston’s famous Freedom Trail.
For a historic and convenient place to stay during your weekend in Boston, head to the Omni Parker House, where in addition to beautiful lodging, you can taste the original Parker House rolls and the original Boston cream pie.
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire is one of the most charming and unique weekend getaway spots for anyone who lives on the East Coast. It’s just a short bus ride away from Boston or Portland, Maine, but it’s also easily reachable from New York City or anywhere else in New England by car.
During the 18th century, Portsmouth was one of the largest cities in the United States, and it has still preserved the feel of a historic city in many ways.
Visitors to Portsmouth should start at the Portsmouth Historical Society to partake in one of their walking tours or watch their film on Portsmouth’s history. This is the best way to learn about the history of Portsmouth, especially if you are interested in Black American and women’s history.
The most popular tourist attraction in Portsmouth is probably the Strawbery Banke Museum. This open-air museum is full of professional craftspeople and reenactors. You can enjoy activities like watching a real master coppersmith in action or visiting the home of one of the first Jewish families in Portsmouth.
Even those who are less interested in history will find plenty to do in Portsmouth. It’s right on the water, so you can gaze on the beautiful views of the boat tours.
There are many wonderful antique shops, bars, and cafes in Downtown Portsmouth. There’s even a winery. Finally, the town has become a real foodie destination with restaurants like Black Trumpet Bistro and Cure.
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Where to Stay in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Portsmouth, New Hampshire here.
Top Thing to Do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Go on the Portsmouth Historical Society Walking Tour or check out this cool bike tour.
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Nantucket is the perfect weekend getaway from Boston or Cape Cod because of its proximity, but there is an airport on the island, so you can pretty much fly there from all over the country.
There are plenty of things to do on the island, whether you are a history buff or nature lover.
Museums of interest are Museum of African American History, Nantucket Whaling Museum, and Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum.
The island has a long history in whaling. But these days, you can go whale watching off the coast and experience these beautiful creatures in the wild.
Nantucket also has some of the finest windblown beaches and you can easily get to each and every one of them by bike.
The bike trails are pretty much covering the whole island so it’s easy and safe to get around. It is also the best way to really explore Nantucket. There are plenty of bike hiring places if you can’t bring your own.
Make sure you get to Siasconset, a cute village with beautiful, old houses. Walk the Sconset Bluff Walk to Sankaty Head Lighthouse for an unforgettable sunset.
If you happen to go there in October, don’t miss the annual Cranberry Festival. It’s pretty incredible to witness the red seas of cranberry bogs.
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Where do New Yorkers go for the weekend?
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One of the best cities to visit in America is Philadelphia. It’s a city full of national history, world class museums and one of America’s best food scenes.
There are so many things to do in Philadelphia, but you can cover the highlights in a weekend getaway.
A good place to start is the birthplace of America – Independence Hall. The building is where the American Constitution was signed as well as the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Across the street you’ll find the Liberty Bell and the first presidential mansion once occupied by George Washington.
You can also visit some of the city’s great museums like the National Constitution Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Kids and adults alike love visiting the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Science, an interactive museum of the sciences designed in the image of Benjamin Franklin.
Philadelphia is a true foodie destination, and it’s because of more than cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. The city is also home to some of America's best restaurants. Many are on the 13th Street Corridor in the Midtown/Gayborhood neighborhood. It’s where you’ll find many of the best local restaurants like Lolita, Sampan and El Vez.
If you still want a cheesesteak, make sure to avoid the tourist traps, Pat’s and Geno’s. Consider Jim’s on South Street or ask a local for their favorite sandwich shop. History, museums, food and all kinds of other gems make Philadelphia one of America’s best weekend getaways
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Where to Stay in Philadelphia
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Philadelphia here.
Top Thing to Do in Philadelphia
Check out this Founding Footsteps Old City Walking Tour.
Hudson Valley, NY
Located a short drive outside of New York City, the Hudson Valley is a great weekend getaway for any city dweller looking for a break from the traffic and skyscrapers. And there are plenty of reasons why it makes the list of weekend getaway east coast edition.
For those looking for an escape the Hudson Valley offers things to do regardless of your travel style.
Spend your morning hiking, go antique shopping and then spend your afternoon sipping on wine at one of the many vineyards in the area.
Wine not your thing? The Hudson Valley is home to a number of microbreweries and distilleries.
And don't forget to try some apple cider and apple cider donuts (yum…).
At just under two hours with the ability to even access without a car, the Hudson Valley is a great weekend getaway for New Yorkers looking for a break. It is also a great location for those looking of day trips from New York City.
Where to Stay in Hudson Valley
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in the Hudson Valley here.
Top Thing to Do in Hudson Valley, NY
Go wine tasting or check out this craft brewery bike tour.
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If you’re looking for a great city to spend a weekend away, head to Williamsburg, Virginia.
Considered the first capital of the colony, and then the Commonwealth of Virginia, Williamsburg is well-known for its Colonial-era history.
One of the main sites in town is Colonial Williamsburg, the largest outdoor living history museum in the United States. Explore a full neighborhood of buildings that still stand from the period, and take one of the many tours the museum offers of the historic site.
Colonial Williamsburg Resorts offers many different hotel options across price ranges, many of which are steps from the museum.
For even more history, Williamsburg is also part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia. You can visit Jamestown, the site of the first successful English settlement, and Yorktown for its major Revolutionary War battlefield.
In addition to its colonial history, there are many other activities to add to a Williamsburg, Virginia itinerary. Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, and Great Wolf Lodge are all in the city and make for an exciting day out.
Depending on the time of year, the town is only an hour away from Virginia Beach, which offers a boardwalk, an aquarium, and a beautiful coastline to visit. From history to adventure, you’re sure to spend a great weekend trip on the East Coast in Williamsburg.
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Where to Stay in Williamsburg, Virginia
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Williamsburg, Virginia here.
Top Thing to Do in Williamsburg, Virginia
Explore and take a tour of Colonial Williamsburg or this awesome ghost tour.
Where should I go for a 3 day vacation?
St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg is a beach-loving, foodie paradise that is the perfect place for an east coast weekend trip.
With miles of gorgeous coastline and a hip downtown scene, you’ll never run out of things to do.
Spend your days enjoying St. Pete, Redington, Indian Rocks or one of the other numerous beaches in the area. Stay in the famous beach-front Don Cesar Hotel for quick access to the beach.
For a more active day, try stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking in Weeden Island. Rent a bike and cruise along Vinoy or Northshore Park. Don’t forget to explore downtown St. Petersburg.
If you love proximity to restaurants and bars consider staying in the Vinoy Renaissance or Hollander Hotel. Visit the stunning Sunken Gardens, or admire the works of Salvador Dali at the Dali museum.
If you have kids they’ll love the Great Explorations Children’s Museum.
Take a yoga poolside class or yoga brewery class with The Body Electric. Or, take tour of the city’s incredible street art. Walk along central avenue and shop to your heart’s content.
Enjoy the incredible food and drink that St. Pete has to offer. Grab some Mexican food with a view at Red Mesa Cantina or fantastic seafood at Fourth Street Shrimp Store.
Vegans will go nuts over Cider Press Cafe. Ice cream lovers should take a trip to Old Farmer’s Creamery.
For drinks, choose one of the dozens of craft breweries in the city, local favorites are Green Bench Brewery, with its beautiful setting and 3 Daughters, with all of the games you could ever want. For cool cocktails and a swanky scene, check out Mandarin Hyde.
If you want to bring your furry friend along, the Dog Bar is the place for you. For live music and great bar food, visit Macdinton’s Irish Pub.
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Where to Stay in St. Petersburg, Florida
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in St. Petersburg, Florida here.
Top Thing to Do in St. Petersburg, Florida
Sign up for a yoga class poolside or at a brewery with Body Electric or join a Street Art Tour. You can find more information about Body Electric here.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a fantastic East Coast weekend getaway for families traveling with kids, as there are many different activities for all ages to enjoy.
The majority of Myrtle Beach’s top activities can also be done in just a couple days.
Some of the best things to do as a family in Myrtle Beach are mini-golfing (there are so many fun courses in Myrtle Beach), visiting Alligator Adventure – which has over 200 different types of animals to see, and visiting Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. Ripley’s is a very interactive aquarium that is a great “rainy day” activity in Myrtle Beach.
Parasailing is also a family favorite experience in Myrtle Beach.
Adults can enjoy tasting the local wineries – such as Coastal Winery, Duplin Winery and La Belle Amie Vineyard. New South Brewing is a great microbrewery to sample the many local craft beers.
And if you’re a fan of golf, there are nearly 100 incredible golf courses to play 18 holes in Myrtle Beach! No trip to Myrtle Beach would also be complete without spending some time on the beach, though.
You can stay at a hotel or resort right along the Atlantic Ocean. The Westgate has direct access to the beach and has many family-friendly swimming pools making it a great spot for a family vacation. It is also located just across the street from the Family Kingdom Amusement Park – which all ages can also enjoy visiting.
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Where to Stay in Myrtle Beach
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Myrtle Beach here.
Top Thing to Do in Myrtle Beach
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
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One of the best weekend trips in the United States on the east coast is Shenandoah National Park. This famous National Park in Virginia is renowned for its fall foliage, accessibility, hiking trails, and Skyline Drive.
The Appalachian Trail actually winds down the park, making it the perfect place for those that love trekking. Two of the most popular hikes are Hawksbill Mountain and Old Rag Mountain.
During the summer months, Shenandoah is a popular place to be for its gorgeous views, active wildlife, and pristine nature. During the winter months, you can still enjoy the park and even go wild camping there.
However, it really comes alive in autumn when the leaves turn hues of red, yellow, and orange, and the temperatures turn from being a humid and sticky mess to a brisk, comfortable one.
Shenandoah winds down the western part of Virginia and there are several famous caverns there that you can visit, such as the largest caverns east of the Mississippi, Luray Caverns. You will get to experience the park from a totally different perspective by visiting.
There are several reasons to go to Shenandoah National Park and if you find yourself in the Mid-Atlantic over the weekend, definitely drive through and witness its appeal and beauty. Make sure to add Shenandoah National Park to your fall bucket list.
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Where to Stay in Shenandoah National Park
Check out the Lewis Mountain Cabins. You can find rates and availability for Lewis Mountain Cabins here.
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay near Shenandoah National Park here.
Top Thing to Do in Shenandoah National Park
Visit in the winter months and go wild camping is legal during the winter months.
Acadia National Park
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Acadia National Park is the perfect destination for a weekend full of small town charm, outdoor fun, hiking, beach-going, lighthouses, and lobster.
Acadia National is the only national park in the Northeast United States. That in combination with the stunning beauty of the Maine coastline make Acadia a must visit spot and a great weekend trip.
When visiting Acadia National Park, some must -do’s include following the Park Loop Drive along Mount Desert Island, driving (or hiking) to the top of Cadillac Mountain, hearing the waves crashing at Thunder Hole, and swimming at Sand Beach. Be sure to check out the Jordan Pond House for a delicious meal featuring seafood (including lobster) and some great views of the surrounding mountains.
A cruise around Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park is another great way to see the park, the rocky coastline, and plenty of wildlife! Most cruises also include some great lighthouses to see too.
When visiting Acadia National Park, also be sure to check out nearby Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor will give you that small, New England town charm. Stroll along the docks of Bar Harbor for some views of the boats and surrounding mountains and islands or stroll down Main Street for plenty of great shopping options.
For the overnight stay, consider the Acadia Inn. Not only does the hotel have direct access to Acadia National Park hiking trails in its backyard, but it is also a waterfront hotel and has a special extra for the kiddos. With their Campout Package, the hotel room can be transformed to look like a mini campsite, complete with a tent for the kids to sleep in. Outdoors you can find a nightly fire for some s’mores making.
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Where to Stay in Acadia National Park
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay near Acadia National Park here.
Top Thing to Do in Acadia National Park
Drive Park Loop Drive or take the this morning Acadia National Park Cruise.
Romantic weekend getaways on the east coast
Sometimes the places you wouldn't think of make or the best romantic getaways. Watch the sunset in Anna Maria Florida or treat yourself to a spa weekend in Asheville.
There are some amazing gems up and down the east coast.
Anna Maria Island, Florida
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Nearby neighbors Clearwater Beach and Siesta Key receive widespread attention and “best beach” awards but my favorite US Gulf Coast secret (shhhh!) is that Anna Maria Island (AMI) beach is so much better.
Its sand is cleaner, white, and softer without the crowded masses and tall condo buildings of those other beaches. AMI is a total win-win.
Located only a 30 minute drive from Sarasota airport and an hour from Tampa or St Pete airport, Anna Maria Island is a convenient weekend trip for most US residents and autumn is a magnificent time of the year to visit.
Impeccable and devastatingly perfect weather greets Southwest Florida Gulf Coast visitors after mid-October, with cooler mornings and evenings and luscious warm Gulf coast days for your favorite outdoor activity.
Popular things to do in Anna Maria Island include kayaking, SUP, fishing, and other water activities (try flyboarding!), beach walks, sunset celebrations, and foodie finds—from casual beach huts (like Kokonut tiki bar) to one of USA's highest rated restaurants (Beach Bistro).
Conveniently, stone crab season begins in mid-October and lobster season is in full swing. Fresh grouper and other Gulf seafood are in plentiful supply throughout the “brrrr” months.
Vacation rentals—mostly vacation houses and some small condo buildings—are most frequent but one suggested hotel is Bungalow Beach Resort. Fall is wonderful also because rates are lower, until perhaps the week before Thanksgiving.
Oh, and do not fret about changing leaf colors. Native Florida maple trees and other varieties—such as black gum and dogwood—like to show off in the fall somewhat like their New England cousins—but try to go deep-sea fishing or find a gator in Vermont.
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Where to Stay in Anna Maria Island, Florida
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Anna Maria Island, Florida here.
Top Thing to Do in Anna Maria Island, Florida
Enjoying the sunset is one of the top things to do in Anna Maria Island. Renting a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard is a close second. If you want a guided tour check this one out.
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Charleston is one of those beautiful southern cities worth visiting that is immaculately preserved.
The largest city in South Carolina and located in Charleston Harbor, the city boasts stunning architecture, cobblestone streets, a gorgeous waterfront and harbor area with magnificent views of the bay area and is a very friendly tourist oriented hub in the Southeastern United States.
The historic district is located in “The Peninsula”, a compact and easily walkable area that is packed with fun shopping promenades, wonderful squares, and stately private homes (some of which are living museums that you can visit) and that vibe that completely exudes the southern charm all around from immaculate and well-designed storefronts, delicious restaurants and bars and lovely areas of the city to discover.
Top things to see and do in Charleston include visits to the historic city market, Fort Sumter National Monument, Boone Hall Plantation and gardens, Rainbow row, Magnolia Plantation, and a slew of historic museums and private homes that are open to visiting around the historic district.
You'll have plenty to explore and enjoy walking around or even taking a group tour of the city to really appreciate this stunning southern capital in it's intact and well-preserved details.
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Where to Stay in Charleston
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Charleston here.
Top Thing to Do in Charleston
Check out the Hop on Hop off trolley rides for a great way to see Charleston. This haunted carriage tour is pretty cool too.
Asheville, North Carolina
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Asheville is the crown jewel of any North Carolina bucket list for so many reasons. It has one of the best drives in the country, some of the best, most creative food out there, waterfalls galore, an amazing downtown, and hikes for days so there is literally something for everyone.
While you could easily spend months (even years) exploring the area, it's the perfect place for a weekend romantic getaway, too.
If you don't want to be right in the heart of downtown, West Asheville is a great alternative. It still has great food and coffee shops with a little less stress of being downtown.
Though downtown is still wonderful in Asheville with great shops, restaurants, and coffee shops. Make sure you take some time to drive part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, see some waterfalls, and enjoy the brews and art in the River Arts District.
This is perfect for a weekend getaway because while it is still a city, it's smaller so it's not quite as intimidating and it's easy to get away from the hustle and bustle and out on some of the trails nearby.
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There are few better destinations for a weekend getaway on the East Coast than the charming city of Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia (and one of the oldest cities in the US) and is full of beauty, delicious food, and southern charm.
Savannah’s Historic District is compact and rather walkable, making it pretty easy to explore the entire city over a long weekend.
Something pretty unique about Savannah is that you can carry (and drink) open alcoholic beverages as long as the container is plastic. Grab a to-go drink from one of the bars along River Street (the daiquiris from Wet Willie’s are delicious) before exploring the Historic District.
The district is made up of 22 historic squares which you can explore along the way before arriving at Savannah’s beautiful Forsyth Park. Take a break to relax (and people watch) for a bit here before making your way back toward River Street.
Not only is Savannah one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is also said to be one of the most haunted. Make sure to dedicate at least one evening of your long weekend in Savannah to a ghost tour. There are several different tours given throughout the city, from family-friendly tours to spooky bar crawls.
Savannah is home to several wonderful hotels, but the Andaz Savannah is one of the best. The Andaz is located in the heart of downtown and is perfect whether you’re traveling as a couple, with friends, or solo.
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Where to Stay in Savannah, Georgia
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Savannah, Georgia here.
Top Thing to Do in Savannah, Georgia
Exploring the Historic District and taking a ghost tour like this one.
Unique vacations east coast
Ten Thousand Islands – Florida, USA
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Florida offers many options for epic weekend trips. You can find stunning beaches with white sand, national and state parks to explore and of course, amusement parks for kids of all ages.
But Florida also offers an ecological hidden gem called The Ten Thousand Islands, a place so hidden that most Floridians don't know about it.
This paradise is located where the Everglades meets the Gulf Coast, and it forms an incredible labyrinth of water and mangrove islands. It is actually the second-largest mangrove forest in the world.
Ten Thousand Islands is an easy road trip from Tampa Bay Area, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale or just a short drive from Naples or Marco Island. There is a large variety of activities you can choose from such as hiking, kayaking, canoe, or an airboat tour.
You can go fishing or bird watching as this region is a very rich ecological refuge. If you are looking for a great adventure you can also camp on many of the isolated islands or beaches.
A boat tour is a must-do, as you can see much of the wildlife in this region, including a menagerie of birds, manatees, and playful dolphins that jump and play on the waves made by the boats.
A great option for Ten Thousand Islands accommodations in an authentic setting is to stay in Everglades City at the Rod and Gun Club. You can also stay in Naples (Staybridge Suites) or on nearby Marco Island (Holiday Inn). If you have a spirit of adventure and you love to explore off-the-beaten-destinations, Ten Thousand Islands awaits you.
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Key West, Florida
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One of the best weekend trips on the East Coast is to Key West, Florida.
Key West has such a fun vibe and there’s something for everyone. It’s about a four hour drive from Miami, so that gives you plenty of time to get there on a Thursday or Friday and then enjoy the weekend.
Duval Street is the main street of Key West and where most of the popular bars, restaurants, and shops are. It’s fun to walk along Duval and people watch. This main area of Key West is very walkable, so feel free to keep your car parked and go exploring on foot.
While visiting, stop into one of the many museums that focus on Key West’s maritime history. If you're visiting with kids, they’ll enjoy Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Key West Aquarium.
Don’t forget to eat some key lime pie also. Of course, a must in Key West is watching the sunset at Mallory Square. Get there early to claim somewhere to sit; it gets crowded.
A great place to stay is The Garden House. The bed and breakfast is in Key West's Key West Historic District neighborhood. All of the major Key West tourist attractions are within walking distance. The Garden House also offers free continental breakfast and WiFi.
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There are few places in the United States where you can see wild horses roaming freely on the beach.
Assateague Island is one of them, and this is why it make the list of one of the most unique weekend getaways on the East Coast.
Assateague Island is a great day trip. However there is plenty to keep you busy all weekend.
In the summer spend the day on the beach. Get there early to enjoy the horses playing in the ocean as the sun rises.
Rent a kayak and explore the bay. Here you can also go clamming which is a fun (and tasty) activity.
Finally, don't forget the miles of trails that you can walk, ride or run. There is so much to see, do and explore that you will feel like you're a million miles away.
Where to Stay in Assateague Island
There are no hotels on Assateague Island so for those that are interested in actually staying on the island you have a few options. You can go camping on Assateague Island. You can stay in nearby Ocean City. Or you can opt for Chincoteague which is located in VA and is home to the southern portion of the Assateague National seashore.
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay near Assateague Island here.
Top Thing to Do in Assateague Island
Spend the morning watching the wild horses on the beach, and then rent kayaks to explore the bay.
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Located in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke shines as a weekend destination, particularly for outdoor lovers. Tackle single-track mountain bike trails at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve or conquer the Roanoke Star hike to the world's largest man-made star that stands 100 feet tall. The overlook wows with inspiring views across the Roanoke Valley.
A drive along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, which skirts to the east of downtown, is a must-do while in Roanoke. In fall, vibrant bursts of fiery orange, gold and persimmon leaves along the scenic byway are stunning. Stop in the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at milepost 115 to explore topographical area maps and browse regional crafts and souvenirs in the gift shop.
In-town, make a beeline for Center in the Square, which is home to popular attractions like the Roanoke Pinball Museum, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture and the Science Museum of Western Virginia. Ride the elevator to the sixth-floor rooftop to see a koi pond and take in all the views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hungry? Settle in at Texas Tavern, a classic 10-stool diner in Roanoke. This longtime cash-only landmark sells burgers and chili bowls for less than $2 each. Order the Cheesy Western, a burger topped with a fried egg, cheese, pickles and sweet relish.
Stay the weekend at the centrally-located Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke Downtown. Before you return home, fill your belly at Scratch Biscuit Company. The buttery, made-from-scratch biscuits are heavenly, but they also serve up eggs, pancakes and hash browns.
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Where to Stay in Roanoke, Virginia
You can find rates and availability for other places to stay in Roanoke, Virginia here.
Top Thing to Do in Roanoke, Virginia
Go hiking and experience the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Looking for the perfect weekend getaway? You need to check out Wilmington, North Carolina.
This charming southern city has beautiful Victorian mansions, a fabulous foodie scene, shopping, and a requisite beach. Often overshadowed by nearby Savannah and Charleston, this underrated East Coast town should be on your must-visit list.
There are so many fun things to do in Wilmington. One great thing to do is to explore Wilmington’s movie-making history. Wilmington is known as the “Hollywood of the East,” since over 500 films and TV shows have been filmed there, including Iron Man 3 and One Tree Hill. You can take a walking tour of the film locations with a local film expert.
For the history buffs, take a tour of Bellamy Mansion, a gorgeous antebellum home located downtown. Just 15 minutes from downtown is Wrightsville Beach, perfect for any beach lover.
When it’s time to eat, be sure to check out Caprice Bistro, a casual French restaurant that focuses on fresh seafood. Or Beer Barrio, for excellent margaritas paired with creative tacos.
Because Wilmington is a city full of southern hospitality, consider staying in one of its many charming and historic bed and breakfasts, such as the C.W. Worth House, the city’s oldest operating B&B.
Submitted By Maggie from Pink Caddy Travelogue
East Coast Weekend Getaways
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