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Mei & Kerstin

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia (State), Florida

Road trip from NYC to Miami in July?

Hi everyone!

So we've finally decided to road trip the East coast in July! We'll have about 18 days in total, and have planned to spend 4 days in NYC before heading south. We're thinking about making Miami our end destination, where we'd like to spend a day or two at the beach before flying back home to Europe.

My first and foremost question is: is it wise to travel to Florida or even to South Carolina in the end of July?? We both don't mind the heat, but certainly prefer to avoid hurricanes...

So, if the weather is OK in these southern states, where should we stop between Washington D.C. and Miami? What are the must-see places, and which roads are the most interesting ones? Except for D.C., we'd prefer to avoid large cities, and to drive through smaller (walkable) cities and towns. 

Also, would it be better to rent a car in NYC and drive to D.C. and maybe stop in Philadelphia and Baltimore (are these two cities worth visiting?), or to take a train to D.C. from NYC, and then rent a car in D.C. to drive south? 

Looking forward to your suggestions! :)


Mei & Kerstin

3 Answers

answered by
Francisco from United States

I have traveled from Washington DC to Miami FL many times. I suggest to take the train from NYC to Washington DC I will skip Baltimore and Philadelphia unless you want to see in Philadelphia the liberty bell and historic buildings where some independence documents were written and walk the stairs were Rocky Balboa trained.

Washington DC is a must see. The Smithsonian Museums: National Air and Space MuseumMuseum of Natural History,  Art, etc there are so many that you will need more days you can check to select the ones that fit better for you.

Washington is a Beautiful city. There you can go to Alexandria (Virginia)  water front
and take a boat from Alexandria and visit the National Harbor
Remember to buy round trip tickets

Traveling south you can stop in Savannah it has a nice touristic area.

Atlanta might be another place to stop, there you can go the Coca Cola world some sort of museum and
CNN Headquarters

The hurricanes will be there, only thing you can do is check the weather and adjust accordingly.

Once you arrive to Florida state, you must stop in san augustine, floridacheck this out
it is a Beautiful small town you will enjoy.

In Miami you can stay in Miami Beach which is a tourist area with plenty of restaurants, people, etc. Try to find a place with parking in that area because it is difficult to park.

A trip to the florida keys from Miami is great From Miami is a 4 hours driving there you can visit many places including Hemingway House Street, the southernmost point of the United States where cuba is only 98 miles it is a very nice area. Go there after checking the weather and no hurricanes are close 

I think that's all. I hope you enjoy your trip!!!!

Live long and prosper

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  1. National Air and Space Museum (attraction)
  2. Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  3. Alexandria (Virginia) (city)
  4. Savannah (city)
  5. Miami Beach (city)
  6. Hemingway House Street (attraction)
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answered by
Jean from France

A good road trip going south is to drive trough Skyline Dr and Blue Ridge Parkway. If you like nature of course...

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  2. Blue Ridge Parkway (attraction)
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answered by
Jim from Chapel Hill

Charleston is my favorite city in the Southeast -- great food, shopping, and a unifying architectural theme. Only 40 minutes from the city are Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island , both splendid beach towns for day trips. 

If you take the coastal route vs. I-95 through South Carolina, McClellanville is a tidy little slice of the South. 

Have fun!

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  1. Charleston (city)
  2. Folly Beach (city)
  3. Sullivan's Island (city)
  4. McClellanville (city)
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