This summer, I took an East Coast road trip to the USA. East Coast is fabulously full of history, scenic locations like falls, lakes, forests, beaches, and a central educational/ commercial hub of the USA. Let’s look at East Coast Road Trip Planner in the USA and complete the East Coast road trip itinerary. USA road trip is incomplete without an East coast road trip.
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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 trips. After researching, I have designed a final itinerary. Check some worth-stopping spots in this East Coast Road Trip Planner.
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- Summer to Fall is the best time. In summer you will pass along green fields, and forests and can enjoy the full beauties of nature.
- Going for a road trip in the Fall is also an excellent idea to admire the shades of orange and red throughout.
East Coast Road Trip Planner, USA
New York – 2 nights (Click here to read about New York – Things to do in NYC)
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Boston – 1 night
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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.
Also check some great restaurants to eat in Boston and that too favorites of Anthony Bourdain.
Buffalo or Niagara – 1-night stay –
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Click to book 2-Day Niagara Falls and Shopping Trip from New York City
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.
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.
Washington D.C. – 1 night.
Stay in Hampton Inn White House and click here to book your stay.
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Philadelphia – 1 night.
Click here to book Philly & Amish Country Day Trip from NYC
I stayed in Hampton Inn with breakfast and free parking. Click here to book your comfortable and affordable stay here. Read more on the best things to see in Philadelphia tour.
Back to New York – 3 nights.
In New York, I stayed in Grand Hyatt, a modern hotel with a beautiful city view from the terrace and also located adjoining to the historic Grand Terminal. Click here to book your stay in Grand Hyatt.
Many places are 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 the Woodbury Common Outlet Mall shopping trip, which is a 1-day trip. Here you can shop your favorite brands in one place. An open mall with more than 200 branded outlets.
10 nights East coast USA road trip itinerary – East Coast Road Trip Planner
- We rented a car from New York. Take full insurance and toll pass card to be tension-free.
- There are two types of road systems, with toll or without toll. If the distance is large prefer the Toll road as it is much faster, with many stopover restaurants and lodging. But if the distance is small, then take a Toll-free road.
Full Detailed Itinerary during your East Coast Road Trip Planner with cities in between
New York to Boston
* New Haven
* New London
* Rhodes Island
* West Greenwhich
2. Boston to Buffalo
* Saratoga Springs
* Black River Wild Forest
3. Buffalo to Pittsburg
* Lake Erie Beach
* Sandy Lake
* Grove City
4. Pittsburg to Washington
* Seven Springs
* Crystal Spring
5. Washington to Philadelphia
6. Philadelphia to New York
* Morris town
* Woodbury Premium Outlet Mall(nice Shopping Destination)
7. Back to New york
Snapshot of the road map –
Tips for renting a car in the USA during East Coast road trip – East Coast Road Trip Planner – East coast itinerary
- If you are taking a full tank, then return a car in full tank mode, it works like the mode you are taking the vehicle you have to bear in that way.
- A properly neat and clean car is given to you, so keep in mind that do not return the dirty vehicle. 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 at an extra cost of around 20$ for 1week, but toll amount is additional because sometimes we have to take TOLL road. This toll amount comes after 2 weeks and is deducted from your credit card.
- The per day cost of renting a 4 seater car is around 60-90 $ without fuel.
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- Hope you have enjoyed the complete East Coast Road Planner in the USA, with significant 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.
- Many other iconic road trips in the USA 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 to San Diego with kids then click this to read here during your West Coast Trip to the USA.
I hope you loved reading about the east coast road trip and will soon plan your east coast road trip itinerary with this USA road trip planner guide.
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Road trips in the USA is exciting and this brought back memories of my trip from nyc to niagra falls As you rightly said hiring a car and driving yourself is great way to travel. The tolls however add up quite a bit on the cost but it’s a fun way. It’s great to stop and see cities on your way as well. Some great tips like fuel and pit stops. Thanks for sharing.
Yep, that would make a cool trip. I used to live in Wisconsin; have you ever visited the America Midwest?
not midwest yet
The East Coast of the USA makes for an amazing road trip, whether you pick north, south, or Mid-Atlantic like this trip. I can never get enough of New York & Boston–they’re two of my favorites cities in the country, and possibly in the world! So glad you got a chance to check out some of the smaller cities along the way, too.
As a fellow travel blogger I found your journey to be very interesting. It seems you enjoyed many of the cities you visited. Glad you had a great time and safe travels.
Thanks for the tips ! My partner and I went over to states last year for coachella and drove an RV down from San Fran then across to Dallas. USA is amazing!
This trip is next for me 🙌🏼🙌🏼
I already read the other blog post you had up and commented on there. So I am here commenting on this post. I live in PA so its cool that traveled around here. I’ve only been to Philly once or twice and Pittsburgh once.
I have never been to the united states but a road trip around east coast USA is definitely gonna be my first stop. Thanks a lot for the planner! It is really helpful. 🙂
I actually live in Washington DC. What did you think of it? I would love to hear more about it.
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What a good post and this is really a great suggestion, I love to read more about this and so informative for me.
Wow what an amazing itinerary you’re embarking in. I love a good road trip and usually take a lengthy one every two years.
Thanks for the suggestions, these will surely help out. There isn’t any information available on internet which will provide all such itinerary for trip.
I would love to visit the East Coast with my family in the future. Your photos look amazing! What camera did you use?
Samsung S8 and Canon Powershot
Thanks for the suggestions, these will surely help out.
My daughters father is currently down in the east coast now, so he would love this handy post.
That’s a great itinerary with all the necessary tips and information. We did West Coast couple of years back, East Coast is still to be done. This post will be helpful in planning whenever we do. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Great itinerary. I’ve been to most of the places you’ve mentioned here. Las Vegas – Arizona -Utah Road trip is my favorite. It’s epic!
but this favorite places of yours are on West Coast. So will post different post on that. This one is for East Coast
I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip but I can’t imagine being on the road 10 nights as you were, kudos to you. If I ever go, I want to be as prepared as you were 🙂
yes it was super hectic in 10 days. But if you plan it and wake up early then it is possible. But after coming back I slept like crazy.
You actually researched a lot to bring across this commendable planner for east coast. I’m sure it can be of help to so many travellers.
I have been to several places along the East coast but definitely think that Niagra Falls is my favorite. The power of the falls is just amazing!
I live in Africa. But I like the scenery of the East Coast and the great sights. It befits a great trip!
Great itinerary and very informative post, would love to do a trip like this one day.
That must have been a beautiful drive through western Massachusetts and New York!
USA is ideal for road trips. I have already heard great things about the East Coast. One of my aunt lives in USA and she keeps calling me there. Maybe I should try a trip soon. Your blog is giving me new life goals. Cheers.
I loved East Coast when i went there this Spring. I covered a lot of places that you did. Except for few. It’s a fantastic guide. Wish I had seen it before my visit then I would have not missed even those few places that i missed.
Sounds like a great trip. A few years ago we did the entire east coast – NY to Florida, and it was the most amazing trip, it’s crazy how different the country is from state to state.
Thanks for the tips on renting the car. ..I have never rented one in the US and this sure is useful. I would want to spend more time in NYC, just cos I have heard so much about it. Also, I would love to try out loads of American food…and some good juicy burgers!
Always wanted to do a proper east coast trip (other than Montreal – New york) This itinerary isn’t bad at all for those that never visited DC and Boston. Was thinking of doing a trip all along to Florida!
Lovely guide! I didn’t realize you could fit in so much in such a short timespan, but it sounds like you hit a lot of great cities. 🙂 Would love to go back to the east coast and hit more than just New York and Washington D.C. We will definitely keep your planner in mind when we do return! Thanks for sharing.
I used to live in New York and Massachusetts so got to see quite a bit of that. But there are plenty of places I didn’t get to visit, like Buffalo, Pittsburg, or Philly. This is a nice itinerary to hit a lot of those spots in a short period of time and I bet it’ll come in handy down the road
Greetings! Thanks so much for all the insights! I am planning on going on my own east coast road trip. I was wondering, can you share how much you spent in total? thanks in advance!!
Wow this is quite a comprehensive itinerary. You’ve really planned it out well. Looking forward to reading about the individual cities.
This looks like a really nice itinerary. You really planned it out well for a 7 day period. I am looking forward to reading the individual posts of each place you visited.
I really love that not only did you go to the main cities in the Northeast but you also went to small towns that the majority of population looks over just because it is not as popular. Really would love to go on a road trip throughout the Northeast to see all of the beautiful scenarios you captured through your pictures!
This reminds me of the East Coast road trip we did back in 2013. Some great tips out there. We also did a little bit Virginia as well. Would love to do this again sometime soon.
WOW sounds like an epic 10 day adventure and one awesome road trip! Your stops look like they will be very interesting and I cant wait to read more about it. I have always wanted to do a USA road trip so I better save this for my future travels.
We are very much fascinated by the road trips in the US there is so much to explore from the historical sites to wonderful natural sites. The road trip along the East Coast trip in the USA sounds fab. New York is high on the list and the Niagara is definitely unmissable. Thanks for these great tips on car renting.
What a nice itinerary! I don’t know the east coast except for NY. I would love to visit Pittsburg, the architecture seems interesting there!