East Coast Vacation Destinations

With the summer travel season upon us, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some options for a getaway along the eastern seaboard. We also figured we should share an easy way we’ve found to save some dough when searching for a hotel for the trip.

So let’s pack our bags and get ready for an adventure.

What Better Place to Start Than Washington, DC? 

Finding great hotels in the heart of Washington, D.C., means more time to check out all the monuments, museums, and memorials around the Mall. Even better, no worries about driving or parking gave us more freedom to explore.

We found that a great way to see the best of what Washington has to offer is to rent bikes and ride. Several rental services are available, including one at the newly refurbished Union Station. This impressive train depot was once the largest in the world and is certainly worth a visit.

From the station, extremely bike-friendly paths lead along both sides of the Mall. This made riding from the Capitol Building, past the Washington Monument, all the way to the Lincoln Memorial as easy as 1-2-3. And by the end of the day, we still had plenty of energy for exploring after dark.

Let Freedom Ring in Philadelphia

Veronica shows off the lesser-known uncracked side of the Liberty Bell!

The City of Brotherly Love can undoubtedly lay claim to being the birthplace of our republic. Within a few blocks of the Liberty Bell, we found site after site so steeped in history that it made our heads spin. No wonder Philadelphia was named the first World Heritage City in the U.S.

First and foremost would be Independence Hall, where the Continental Congress met and where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted and approved. Then, only steps away, we found Library Hall, the home of the country’s first lending library, the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Ben Franklin was instrumental in creating that library, so our obvious next stop was Franklin Court, where we visited his print shop, post office, and home. Afterward, we paid our respects to the remarkable inventor and patriot just up the street at the Christ Church Burial Ground.

When supper time rolled around, the City Tavern kept us in the colonial spirit. The classic tavern is where Thomas Jefferson did much of his work while writing the Declaration of Independence. Revolutionary-era recipes are followed to a tee for a true taste of eating like a founding father.

Best of all, there’s no worries about transportation because plenty of great hotels are located right in Philadelphia’s Historic District, making for an easy walk to all the attractions.

Fun in the Sun in Ocean City

Image via Flickr by SPakhrin

It might just be our patriotic duty to go to the beach, and there might not be a better place for that than Ocean City, Maryland. All we have to do is choose a beachfront hotel in Ocean City and settle in for a good old-fashioned seaside vacation.

The focus is more on fun than on America’s foundation, but there is history here, too. The classic boardwalk dates back well over 100 years and is consistently named as one of the best in the country.

Perhaps the most famous attraction in Ocean City, Trimper’s Rides has also been entertaining visitors since the early 1900s, and the amusement park features one of the oldest operating carousels in the world.

For those seeking a bit more excitement, Jolly Roger has two theme parks in Ocean City that feature the more gut-wrenching … um, shall we say thrilling rides, but are best known for their giant Ferris wheels that provide great views of the entire beach and boardwalk.

Choices like these cause us to think a reversal of Horace Greeley’s famous phrase is in order. We would advise everyone to “Go East, Young Man” this summer.

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