The East Coast has historical charm, representing the European heritage that founded the United States. The entire coast has exciting and interesting cities and landscapes that tourists should visit.

From iconic cities, to some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in the world.

If you are dreaming of exploring the US East Coast, below I have outlined the best places you realy need to go see:


1. New York City, New York

New York City is the most well-known city in the United States, and one of the most famous and recognisable locations on the planet,

New York City is where immigration into the United States began, and you can learn about this on Ellis Island as part of a trip to see the Statue of Liberty.

The hustle and bustle, bright lights, and endless activities make NYC known as a city that never sleeps. It is the home of Time Square, Broadway, Wall Street, Freedom Tower, and Central Park, among thousands of other locations.

This really is one of the greatest cities in the world, and perfect to visit all year round.


2. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is known for several significant events in the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.

Walk the famous Freedom Trail, shop along Newbury Street, and go on a ghost tour! Learning about historical figures during a ghost tour was one of my favorite and most memorable experiences in Boston.

View some important things to know before visiting Boston.


3. Washington, District of Columbia

Washington DC

As the capital of the United States, you will learn about the origins of the separation of power in the government.

With tours of government buildings, historical monuments, and Smithsonian museums (free admission!), you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about United States history.

No trip would be complete without getting the iconic photo outside The White House.


4. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Known as the Holy City and one of the most hospitable places in the United States, Charleston is the epitome of Southern United States charm and historical architecture.

This is one of the lesser known places on my list, but it really is a hidden gem.

Make a point to visit the Charleston City Market to try pralines and purchase baskets and trinkets that bring you back in time. Take a stroll on Rainbow Road and Battery Park.

Try fresh seafood and visit the beaches throughout the year (I went to Folly Beach in January!). I wrote about my trip to Charleston, South Carolina in 24 Hours.


5. Florida

Florida beach

There are so many amazing destinations in Florida and with sunny skies and beautiful weather throughout the year.

I recommended visiting both Miami, West Palm Beach and the surrounding coastal islands. You will find beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, luxurious golf courses, and great shopping opportunities.

For the past several years, I have frequently visited Jensen Beach, Florida, which is relatively close to West Palm Beach. Jensen Beach is known for its annual pineapple festival, delicious seafood, boating, fishing, and watching sea turtles during nesting season.


Plan Your US East Coast Trip

Florida road beach

There are hundreds of towns and cities you might want to see on the United States east coast, and hopefully my list has given you some inspiration for where to go.

You could plan a really incredible road trip to see as much as possible, or there are also lots of USA tours with itineraries taking in all the main tourism destinations. 

If you have never been to States before and would like to go, view working holidays in the United States.

By Brittany VanderBeek