East Coast Hotspots

East Coast Hotspots

            The number of awesome vacation options on the east coast of the United States is stunning. How could anyone decide where to visit? If you are applying for a USA visa to tour the eastern part of the U.S., it is important to narrow down your anticipated destinations before completing the visa application. One easy way to narrow down your choices is to learn more about some of the most popular vacation hotspots on the east coast and what it is that makes them so popular. Knowing this information will help you cater to your travel plans that you meet yours or your family's interests and needs.

            Washington, D.C. is home to one of the most popular tourist sites on the east coast. This should come as no surprise since it is home to the three major political powers in the country: The White House, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol. It is also known for its rich performing arts attractions, including Off-Broadway Shows, concerts, and more at the Kennedy Center Theater. History is all around Washington, D.C., including the Smithsonian's National History Museum, the United States Holocaust Museum, the Newseum, and the Library of Congress. Thus, many researchers and school groups flock to D.C. to learn more about the history of the USA. Washington, D.C. is also connected by metro to various parts of Maryland and Virginia, making it easy to see several states in one trip.

            Cape May, New Jersey provides the ultimate iconic beach experience. Located at the southern tip of the Jersey beaches, Cape May offers shopping, dining, and beautiful beach weather. The most popular tourist sites include the Cape May Lighthouse, which offers visitors stunning sunset views of the beach from more than 157 feet in the air. Cape May also has wineries and wine tastings, an alpaca farm, and the Cape May ferry which connects visitors to Delaware and New Jersey via an hour and a half ferry ride. Cape May also provides easy access to other Jersey beaches to explore, including Wildwood and Stone Harbor. There are sunset whale watching and dolphin cruises available during most summer months.

            The list of east coast hotspots would not be complete without New York City. In the city that never sleeps, you will find an abundance of theatre and performing arts, museums, and cultural diversity. There are always new and innovative events occurring in this city. Many people flock to NYC for the Macy's Day Parade and for the New Year's Rocking' Eve. If you are able to visit in winter, be sure to also explore Rockefeller Center so that you can see the huge Christmas tree and practice your ice skating skills. In summer, Central Park is the place to be. Other attractions include the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty.

            Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, offers a nice break from the summer Boston heat. With sleepy harbors, lovely lighthouses, and golden beaches, this spot has something for everyone. There are boating, snorkelling, and scuba diving opportunities. In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of Great White Sharks in Cape Cod, leading to more wildlife tours. Not too far from Cape Cod, you can also see Martha's Vineyard, known for its summer homes to the rich and famous. Proviceland Trails offer great running and biking paths. Also located just a few hours away is Boston, which is also worth a trip!

            The Outer Banks of North Carolina provides more than 70 miles of shoreline on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for playing volleyball, swimming, waterboarding, and more! Additional attractions include the Elizabethan Gardens, the numerous lighthouses (such as Currituck Beach and Bodie Island), the Wright Brothers National Memorial where the first plane went airborne, and Jockey's Ridge State Park.

            Most kids can tell you what the most popular vacation spot is in Florida, located on the southern point of the east coast. It is Walt Disney World Resort, where characters such as Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and many more will welcome you and your family to be their guest! The Magic Kingdom is the amusement park, home to Space Mountain, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and Splash Mountain. Also located within Disney World is Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, where you can find a lazy river for floating on inner tubes and 6-feet man-made waves. Disney also offers a plethora of dining options, including cuisine from around the world and character dinners and cruises.

            Charleston, South Carolina also provides another hotspot destination. With historic walking or carriage rides through its old town area, you will feel like you have been transported back in time. Angel Oak Tree is the largest oak tree still surviving on the east coast and provides lovely photographs to send to relatives and friends back home. Food and brewery tours also top the list of things to do while in Charleston. Middleton Place, once owned by one of the individuals who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, offers stunning landscaping and gardens. Take a boat ride to learn more about the history of Charleston or to check out the aquatic wildlife. For those of you who are not easily spooked, check out some of the scary ghost tours offered in the evening hours, which pass through some incredibly old cemeteries. Charleston is also known for its beaches and offers an abundance of recreational beach activities.