Boston to Miami: Road trip down the Atlantic Coast (1 Week)

The Atlantic Coast is renowned for its beach boardwalks, amazing museums and quirky roadside attractions.

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Created by Cin - September 29th 2016

A road trip down the Atlantic Coast will take you from very early historic towns, like Plymouth in Massachusetts and Newport in Rhode Island, through the hustle and bustle of New York City, down Maryland's Chesapeake Bay to Virginia Beach and North Carolina's Outer Banks. From there, you'll pass through the gorgeous, sleepy hamlet of Savannah, Georgia and down to America's oldest city, St. Augustine Florida. Then it's an oceanside cruise along the Space Coast to vibrant Miami Beach, and you can finish off your trip in colorful Key West. It could be the trip of a lifetime, if you know where to find the can't-miss spots along the route. Sure, you could take I-95 all the way from Boston to Miami, but there are loads of detours and scenic byways that will take you on and off the highway. From Boston to Key West, you're looking at 2,400 miles of beaches, woodlands, two-lane country roads, vintage diners, charming small towns and urban adventures.

Freedom Trail
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139 Tremont St, Boston, MA, US

Freedom Trail

Beginning in Massachusetts, walk through history along the Revolutionary Freedom Trail in Boston. You'll want to plan at least half a day to accomplish the trail. It's 2 and a half miles long and takes about 2-3 hours to walk. Plus, you're definitely going to want to stop at a lot of the historic sites. While in Boston, there's also loads of great places to grab a bite to eat, but the best place is historic Faneuil Hall, where dozens of local merchants have food stands, so you can take your pick of the best that Boston has to offer. If you have time, and you're traveling with kids, the New England Aquarium and the Science Museum are two must-visits in the city.

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Bunker Hill Monument
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43 Monument Square, Boston, MA, US

Bunker Hill Monument

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15mi 00h 28m
Proctor's Ledge Witch Execution Memorial
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7 Pope St, Salem, MA, US

Proctor's Ledge Witch Execution Memorial

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0mi 00h 02m
The Witch House
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310 Essex St, Salem, Salem, MA, US

The Witch House

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Bewitched Statue
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235 Essex Street, Salem, MA, US

Bewitched Statue

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21mi 00h 39m
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
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Columbia Point, Boston, MA, US

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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36mi 00h 41m
National Monument To The Forefathers
4.5

72 Allerton Street, Plymouth, MA, US

National Monument To The Forefathers

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Plymouth Rock
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Water St, Plymouth, MA, US

Plymouth Rock

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1749 Court House and Museum
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2 Town Square Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, US

1749 Court House and Museum

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Pilgrim Memorial State Park
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Water St, Plymouth, MA, US

Pilgrim Memorial State Park

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Mayflower Ii
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Water St, Plymouth, MA, US

Mayflower Ii

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Plimoth Plantation
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137 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA, US

Plimoth Plantation

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From Boston, head south to historic Plymouth and experience the harsh reality of 17th century life at Plimoth Plantation. It's a great way to learn about the life and times of America's earliest European settlers. The plantation is "a living history museum," showcasing the original 1627 English settlement. All the colonists you see walking around are actors who will answer your questions authentically in character.

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42mi 00h 48m
Battleship Cove
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5 Water St, Fall River, MA, US

Battleship Cove

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As you leave Massachusetts, take a detour to Fall River and see Battleship Cove, which features the world's largest collection of WWII naval vessels.

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18mi 00h 27m
Mr. Potato Head Statues
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1027 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, RI, US

Mr. Potato Head Statues

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10mi 00h 17m
Sprague Mansion
4.0

1351 Cranston St, Cranston, RI, US

Sprague Mansion

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White Horse Tavern
4.1

26 Marlborough St, Newport, RI, US

White Horse Tavern

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When you're hungry, head over to White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island. They serve up delicious regional, upscale cuisine in a historic tavern that dates back to 1673.

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Kingscote
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Bellevue Ave & Bowery St, Newport, RI, US

Kingscote

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The Breakers
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44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI, US

The Breakers

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Marble House
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596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI, US

Marble House

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Mystic Pizza
4.0

56 W Main St, Mystic, CT, US

Mystic Pizza

Best Time to Travel the Atlantic Coast: During winter the road conditions can vary, but in the Northern part of your trip be prepared for weather delays from December through mid-March. Spring is off-season, so you should be able to score some good rates at hotels along the route. Summer is high tourist season all up and down the Atlantic coast, which means hotel rates will be high and crowds at stops along your route will also be a factor. Fall however, is an ideal time to travel up and down the coast. Not only is the fall foliage particularly gorgeous from end of September through early November in New England, but once you get down to Georgia and Florida the temperature up north will be chilly, so you'll welcome the warmth of the south.