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There’s plenty of variety when it comes to great places to travel in the USA, and as such the battle  rages on as to whether the East or the West Coast is better. 

In the inimitable words of the Beach Boys, “The West Coast has the sunshine,” but then again, so does Florida! 

One of the biggest draws of the East Coast is its rich history. Cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston are steeped in colonial-era architecture and offer a glimpse into America’s past. The East Coast is also home to some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, like the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and the Freedom Trail.

In addition to history, the East Coast boasts a culinary scene that reflects its multicultural heritage. From fresh seafood in New England to soul food in the South, and then there’s all it’s stunning natural beauty; rugged cliffs in Acadia National Park, pristine beaches of the Outer Banks, and of course, Florida. 

The US East Coast offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. 

Planning a visit? Here are some of our favorite States! 

Our Favorite US East Coast States

East Coast States

What states are considered to be part of the East Coast?

The states along the East Coast of the United States are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida as well as Washington D.C.

Technically, it includes 17 states in total, though it’s a divided opinion as to whether Pennsylvania should be considered part of the East Coast (the general consensus is that it’s part of the Midwest). 

To be considered East Coast, the state should border the Atlantic Ocean. Starting in the north, Maine is often considered the beginning of the East Coast, with its rugged coastline and picturesque fishing villages.

Moving south, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are known for their historic towns, charming seaside resorts, and rich maritime heritage.

New York and New Jersey are home to some of the East Coast’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, including New York City and Atlantic City. These states are also known for their beautiful beaches, scenic mountains, and world-class dining and entertainment options.

Further south, Pennsylvania is known for its historic sites, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Maryland and Delaware are known for their beautiful beaches, historic towns, and charming waterfronts.

Finally, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are known for their rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant cultural scenes, though some people prefer to think of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina as the deep South.

We’re going to start with Florida as our first favorite East Coast State.


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With its sun-kissed shores, vibrant cities, and theme park thrills, Florida has it all, and is a great place to start for exploring the East Coast States. 

The Sunshine State has a subtropical climate offering warm weather and inviting beaches all year round. And it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with natural wonders like crystal-clear springs of the Ocala National Forest to the stunning coral reefs of the Florida Keys

Beyond its natural beauty, Florida is home to world-class theme parks and attractions. Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are just a few of the iconic destinations that make Florida a top choice for families and thrill-seekers.

And Florida’s diverse cultural scene adds to its allure, with vibrant cities like Miami, Orlando, and Tampa offering a rich tapestry of art, music, and cuisine. From the vibrant nightlife of South Beach to the eclectic galleries of Wynwood, Florida’s cities are a melting pot of cultures and experiences.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or culture, Florida has something for everyone, making it one of the best states along the USA East Coast.

And for an economical way to see Florida from Miami to Orlando, check out this great Miami to Orlando bus trip

Georgia, South & North Carolina, and Virginia

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From peaches and peanuts (but not necessarily together) in Georgia to South Carolina shrimp and grits, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia are all states worth visiting as you head up north from Florida.

Georgia, known as the Peach State, is rich in history and culture. Visitors can explore the historic city of Savannah, with its charming cobblestone streets and antebellum architecture, or visit Atlanta, home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the World of Coca-Cola.

South Carolina boasts beautiful beaches along its coastline, including the popular resort town of Myrtle Beach. The state is also home to historic Charleston, known for its well-preserved architecture and rich history.

North Carolina is a state of diverse landscapes, from the majestic mountains of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the stunning beaches of the Outer Banks. The state is also known for its vibrant arts scene, particularly in cities like Asheville and Durham.

Virginia, often referred to as the birthplace of America, is steeped in history. Explore Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, all of which played significant roles in the founding of the nation. The state is also home to the scenic Shenandoah National Park and the vibrant city of Richmond.

These states are in our list of favorites for their mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.


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Massachusetts is a hotbed of American history, starting with Plymouth, where you can follow in the Pilgrims’ footsteps at Plimoth Plantation. Or, you could walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, where every cobblestone echoes with revolutionary fervor. 

On the other hand, you might prefer to visit Salem, where the whispers of witches still linger in the air. Then, how about heading to Lexington and Concord, where the first shots of the American Revolution rang out?

In this small state, history isn’t confined to museums but woven into the fabric of every city and town. And, while you’re there, be sure to try the clam chowder. It’s to die for!

New York

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The Empire State is probably best known for New York City, a concrete jungle where the sheer energy is intoxicating and dreams turn into neon reality.

Even as the snow falls over the city, New York is still a magical experience.

Towering skyscrapers pierce the clouds while Broadway stages are ignited with starlit drama, iconic museums overflow with artistic treasures, and famous restaurant kitchens conjure up their culinary specialties. 

However, if you prefer a more rustic escape, just head north, and a whole different New York emerges. You’ll discover lush forests and rolling hills in the Catskills, a haven for artists, hikers, and bikers, where cozy cabins are nestled alongside babbling brooks, and charming towns offer small-town warmth.

And while you’re in New York, be sure to visit Coney Island and try the infamous Coney Island dogs. They’ll make you feel like a kid again!


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Maine, the northeasternmost state in the United States, is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural charm with a rugged coastline, picturesque fishing villages, and stunning national parks.

We love this State for its unique blend of outdoor adventure and small-town hospitality. One of Maine’s most iconic attractions is Acadia National Park, a sprawling expanse of pristine wilderness that encompasses mountains, forests, and rocky coastline.

Hike, bike, or drive along the park’s scenic roads and trails, taking in breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding islands.

In addition to its natural beauty, Maine is also known for its rich maritime history and quaint coastal towns. Places like Bar Harbor, Camden, and Kennebunkport offer visitors a glimpse into Maine’s seafaring past, with charming shops, galleries, and seafood restaurants lining their picturesque streets.

Maine is also famous for its lobster, and no visit to the state is complete without sampling this local delicacy. Whether you enjoy it fresh from the dock or in a traditional lobster roll, Maine’s lobster is sure to delight your taste buds.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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