Famous for the fast-paced glitz and glamour of New York City, a certain tea party in Boston and a big white house in Washington, the east coast of the USA is home to some of the world’s greatest attractions.
We take a look at 5 top destinations that should feature on any USA east coast itinerary, including some impressive but lesser known places for the ultimate holiday experiences. Disney holidays Florida are among the most popular trips worldwide, and they feature too
Provincetown, Cape Cod
If beach holidays are your ‘thing’ you’ll be hard-pressed to beat the 30 miles of golden sand in Cape Cod during summer. Boasting a stimulating ‘downtown’ with quirky shops, art galleries, museums and possibly the best lobster rolls in the world, this vibrant town is located on the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620.
Lively nightclubs, live entertainment venues and specialty shops are clustered around the main hub – Commercial Street. Home to some of the highest numbers of humpback whales in the USA, Provincetown offers a wealth of attractions and experiences for even the most intrepid traveller.
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile in this fun town. Packed with energetic street entertainers, colourful parades and cool shops, Baltimore will charm your socks off, without hitting you too hard in the pocket.
Explore the historic waterfront village of Fell’s Point, the oldest part of town, which is home to over 120 vibrant pubs and some of the finest crab and seafood joints on the east coast. The charming cobblestone streets along the harbour and main square are lined with quaint wineries, independent boutiques and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, which was the first African American-owned shipyard in the USA.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Home to the country’s first naval shipyard, Portsmouth’s maritime roots are similar to those of its namesake in the UK. Located at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, this thriving town may only have 20,000 residents but boasts outsized appeal for visitors.
Soak up the history of the town by strolling along the harbour or hopping on a cruise. Established in 1623, many of the town’s 17th century buildings are still standing and open to the public. For relaxing moments, wander through Prescott Park, home to a beautiful flower garden and a pier that extends into the river. The Music Hall, the region’s leading concert venue, is the place to be for some evening fun.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If you’re looking for adventure in one of the east coast’s most scenic regions, Myrtle Beach is a must-visit destination. With over 60 miles of white sandy beaches and sapphire blue waters, you’ll find a wealth of things to see and do here. Golfers can practice their swing at over 100 golf courses and adrenalin-junkies will find water sports galore along the beach.
The Oceanfront Boardwalk features the SkyWheel, the largest Ferris wheel on the east coast, while Pavilion Park is home nostalgic rides, an aquarium, and fun sideshows that all the family will enjoy. During summer, at sundown, magnificent firework displays light up the skies over Pavilion Amusement Park and the Boardwalk.
It would be impossible not to mention Orlando in our list of favourite east coast destinations, and it’s difficult to believe that this world- famous part of central Florida was once remote farmland.
Walt Disney World® Resort covers over 40 square miles and is home to 4 elaborate theme parks, 2 water parks, 2 night-time entertainment districts, golf courses and over 100 restaurants. Orlando is the most visited holiday destination on the planet and quite rightly promotes itself as ‘the happiest place on earth!’
CLC World boasts two of the best resorts in Florida – CLC Encantada and CLC Regal Oaks – both just over 4 miles from Walt Disney World® Resort.