Planner for Road trip along EAST COAST (USA)

This summer I took East Coast road trip in the USA. East Coast is amazing with full of history, scenic locations like falls, lakes, forests, beaches and a major educational/ commercial hub of USA. Let’s have a look on East Coast Road Trip Planner in the USA. 

Road trip
Along East Coast

This trip is a round trip starting from New York and ending at New York.  There are many itineraries on search engines and travel websites for East Coast trip. After researching I have designed a final itinerary.  

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Check luggage sets which you may require for this beautiful road trip – 

East Coast Road Trip Planner in USA

New York  – 2 nights (Click here to read about New York – Things to do in NYC)

Times Square Center - New York

Boston  – 1 night – I stayed in Boston for a night. But there are many things to do in Boston and if you staying for 2 nights then click this to know about what to do during 2 Days in Boston.

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Buffalo or Niagara – 1-night stay – Take Niagara Falls tour while staying in Buffalo both evening tour for Laser and fireworks tour of Niagara and morning tour of Niagara Falls – Take Adventure with Nature.  If you are staying in Buffalo then click here to read about Buffalo restaurants which are worth trying out.  Click here to book your stay at Buffalo. 

Nigara Falls

Pittsburg – 1 night. I stayed in Hampton Inn which I found very convenient and affordable with free parking option too. Click here to book your stay in Hampton Inn

Pittsburg

Washington D.C. – 1 night.  Stay in Hampton Inn White House and click here to book your stay. 

Washington D.C.

Philadelphia – 1 night.  I stayed in Hampton Inn with breakfast and free parking. Click here to book your comfortable and affordable stay here. 

Back to New York.  3 nights. In New York,  I stayed in Grand Hyatt which is a modern hotel, with a beautiful city view from the terrace and also located adjoining to historic Grand Terminal. Click here to book your stay in Grand Hyatt. 

There are many places adjoining to New York for shopping which is highly recommended. You can buy all branded stuff in very affordable rates from these outlet malls. Though these outlet malls are out of the city, you would have to drive from NYC or you can stop in between while returning from New Jersey to NYC. If you are not driving then click here to book Woodbury Common Outlet Mall shopping trip which if 1-day trip. Here you can shop your favorite brands in one place. An open mall with more than 200 branded outlets.  

My trip was of total 10 nights.

  • We rented a car from New York. Take full insurance and toll pass card to be tension free.
  • There are two types of road system like with toll or without toll.  If a distance is large prefer Toll road as it is much faster, many stopover restaurants and lodging. But if a distance is small then take Toll-free road. 
  • For a road trip, you may require some travel essentials –  

Full Detailed Itinerary during your East Coast Road trip Planner with cities in between

  1. New York to Boston 

 * Bridgeport

            * New Haven

            * New London

            * Rhodes Island

            * Warwick

            * West Greenwhich

            *  Providence

On the way

 2. Boston to Buffalo

            *  Worcester

            * Springfield

            * Lennox

            *Albany

            * Saratoga Springs

            * Black River Wild Forest 

            * Cooperstown

            * Syracuse

            * Rochester

Highways

3.  Buffalo to Pittsburg

             * Niagara Falls

            * Lake Erie Beach

            * Sandy Lake

            * Grove City

            * Prospect

  4.  Pittsburg to Washington

            * Irwin

            * Seven Springs

            * Crystal Spring

            * Hagerstown

            *  Rockville

Fuel Stopovers

5.  Washington to Philadelphia

           * Annapolis

           *  Baltimore

           * Wilmington

           * Chester

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  6. Philadelphia to New York

           * Trenton

           * Princeton

           * Morris town

           * Woodbury Premium Outlet Mall(nice Shopping Destination)

           * Englewood

           * Manhattan

 7. Back to New york

I want to go again

Snapshot of the road map –

roadmap

Tips for renting a car:- 

  • If you are taking a full tank then return a car in full tank mode, it works like the mode you are taking the car you have to return in that way.
  • A properly neat and clean car is given to you so keep in mind that do not return the dirty car. Wash before returning either manually or on automatic wash areas on fuel stations.
  • Always take full car insurance to be tension free.
  • Take toll car reader on rent which is at an extra cost around 20$ for 1week, but toll amount is extra because sometimes we have to take TOLL road. This toll amount comes after 2 weeks and is deducted from your credit card.
  • Per day cost of renting a 4 seater car is around 60-90 $ without fuel.

Read about hotel reviews of my New York stay by clicking here….

Hope you have enjoyed complete East Coast Road Planner in the USA with major attractions covered during this road trip. And if you are not very comfortable in driving in the USA then you can book a 5 day trip of America from NYC to visit Toronto (in Canada), Niagara Falls excursion, Philadelphia Liberty Bell and Independence center, Washington DC and Amish country, or simply guided Niagara Falls Trip of 19 hours from NYC or 2-day combo trip to Washington and Niagara Falls.

There are many other iconic road trips in the USA which are worth going to.  Know more about the best road trips in the USA which you must do once in a lifetime. If you are going for San Diego with kids then click this to read here during your West Coast Trip in the USA.

 USA: Get Your Guide

So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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112 Comments

  1. This is so detailed! I love it! I live on the east coast and I’ve been to almost none of these places so it looks like I’ve got a lot of work to do 🙂 I’m definitely pinning this to my travel board so I remember it!

  2. This is definitely a bucket list experience for me! Hope you enjoyed the DC/MD area! (My neck of the woods)

  3. This is a lovely planner. Especially for the first timers like me as I am yet to visit US. Its very much on the cards and I look forward to this for helping me plan. Thank you

  4. Whoa! That is one epic trip. I have always seen USA as a road trip destination along with Australia. The tips you shared are very useful. I don’t have a car but if I am going on a road trip with friends in their car, I ensure it is serviced.

  5. A perfect guide for one of the memorable roadtrips in the USA. I’m yet to visit the states but I already have so many places on my must visit. Your post just tempts me to include all of the above :). Perhaps I should convince my husband to take a roadtrip in the states when we visit.

  6. I’ve made a US West Coast trip but never East. The sites and cities you visited are incredible, especially Niagra, I’d stay there over Buffalo. The picture from DC is wonderful too.

  7. You managed to see a lot of places in 10 days!! I’m impressed you managed to see all these places. Those are great tips for renting a car, especially about the toll card reader.

  8. Great trip! I used to live just outside of NYC and road trips were definitely much easier on the East coast than where I am now in CA. We drove from NJ to TX one year, and that was awesome!

  9. As a New Yorker now living in California, this brings back so many great travel memories. There’s so much to see on the East Coast, and I’m glad you got to experience it!

  10. We hope to get our to the states sometime near the end of 2018. Maybe after that I am not sure. We will be ready for a big road trip and can use this to form our plan – thank you!

  11. Thanks for all the details. All these great cities have so much to offer that it will take years to explore them. But this planner should help anyone to do a swift road trip, something I may need very soon.

  12. This is a very detailed itinerary. I am sure it is going to be of immense help to us when we get to the US. We always have been wondering on the best way to see the different places if we had about a week or so. Your post seems to be the answer to our questions.

  13. What a great road trip! I have been to most of these places, but on separate trips. I would love to go on a long road trip of the east coast someday.

  14. Sounds like a great road trip. Is there a place where you wish you would have stayed longer?? Or somewhere you would skip next time? I’ve been to a few of those spots but missed out on Niagra Falls – so jealous!

  15. That’s a great trip. So much to see in that area of the US and you crammed a lot in. Looking forward to seeing the city by city breakdown!

  16. We did a similar road trip many years ago. Although not in summer but in October so it was quite cold. Niagara Falls was probably my favourite stop!

  17. That’s one awesome, long road trip! I hope I’ll get a chance too to do a road trip in USA! Esp route 66 is very tempting… Looking forward for your detailed posts on the destinations!!!

  18. I have never been to the East Coast, except for a layover in Newark. I like how this planner lists things to do between traveling to cities. Perfect road-trip planner. I also liked how you provided a map highlighting the areas you went to, perfect for me since I’m a visual learner haha.

  19. I am still dreaming about a road trip in USA . I am fascinated by the roads in USA. Specially the road from Boston to Buffalo. What an epic road trip. Your post is really helpful. Thanks for sharing the itinerary and tips.

  20. My brother lives in Buffalo and he always lures me with the thought of going for these amazing road trips in USA. You have given a very helpful itinerary and I will save it for future. I missed going for IIFA which is happening in New York but USA is definitely on my mind. I want to make it happen soon.

  21. The last time I rented a car, I left one of my converse shoes in there. It was sad just leaving one shoe. So definitely make sure you do a thorough look through before taking it back.

  22. Looks like you had a good trip. I loved spending lazy summer afternoons in Central Park New York. Something so calming about enjoying an afternoon with squirrels.

  23. Great post and suggestion of places to visit! I’ve done the East Coast road trip a bunch of times and it’s fun one. Now for the West Coast!

  24. This is so useful as I’m not from the US and don’t know the area that well. I’ve heard such good things about Pittsburg and would love to stop there. Thanks for sharing this list. Very useful 🙂

  25. I really like that you listed all the great cities and places in between the destinations. I am planning on moving to the east coast one day maybe, so I will probably use this guide. Thank you!

  26. What a great little itinerary. I’m pretty happy I’ve done all of the big stops on this but I would love to visit the little towns along the way you listed, sometimes the small towns on the way are the highlights. My favourite of the list was New York and Niagara Falls. What were yours?

  27. I feel like this is one of those essential, yet once in a lifetime trips. What yummy food all along the east coast. What cool cities. And what beautiful views and wonderful memories. One day, I will do it.

  28. Fantastic post for anyone planning a road trip in the East Coast. I was in fact in East coast two months back. And i did a part of your planned itinerary. Loved the food and scenery there. This post is going to come handy for my next trip.

  29. I cannot wait to go on a road trip with my boyfriend around the USA. And this is a great itinerary for the East Coast. I will bookmark it for future use.

  30. I’d love to do a tour of both the East and the West coast! This is an excellent list of places to go – I’ve only been to New York!

  31. I have never been to USA and a road trip seems like a fun way to explore New York and around. I need to do my homework on the car rental agencies though…and the right hand drive, which is so different from India. Loved your itinerary..you seemed to have covered all the highlights …cheers to some fun times!

  32. US trips always looks so iconic, such awesome sights on the East coast. I love the shots too, and so interesting the variety of styles in urban landscapes across the East Coast. Great tips on car rental.

  33. Looks like a great road trip! And your pictures are great. I’ve traveled down the East Coast of America – Toronto to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. I’m off to Niagara in August – first time in over 20 years. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Looks like a great road trip! And your pictures are great. I’ve traveled down the East Coast of America – Toronto to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. I’m off to Niagara in August – first time in over 20 years. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Great post – very clearly set out. Looking forward to the write-ups on individual destinations. Lots of useful tips on renting a car, thanks!

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