The Call of the Coastal Road
The open road, the wind in your hair, the ever-changing coastal panorama – there's something undeniably magical about a road trip. And what better journey than one that weaves through history-steeped Southern towns, pristine beaches, and the iconic cityscape of New York City?
This 10-day adventure begins in Savannah, Georgia, where Spanish moss drapes historic squares and cobblestone streets whisper tales of pirates and gentility. After exploring Wormsloe State Historic Site and basking on Tybee Island, dive into the culinary scene with Flock to the Wok's Asian fusion and rooftop cocktails at the Bamboo Room Tiki Bar.
Lodging Recommendation: Airbnb
Savannah's soul unfolds on a morning walk through Forsyth Park, followed by a delicious foray into the city's culinary underbelly with the Savannah Taste Experience food tour. From Cha Bella's Cuban delights to Zuni's wood-fired pizzas and Leopold's legendary ice cream, prepare to indulge. Later, cruise the Savannah River, soaking in the city's waterfront charm.
Day three sees us venturing south to Charleston, South Carolina. A stop in Hilton Head Island for sun and sand is a must, before immersing ourselves in the grandeur of Middleton Place's historic gardens and an unforgettable fried chicken lunch. Back in Charleston, a food tour with Charleston Culinary Tours promises an explosion of flavors, from Poogan's Smokehouse's BBQ to Church and Union's refined Southern fare.
Lodging Recommendation: Hyatt House Charleston
Our coastal odyssey continues towards Wilmington, North Carolina. Wrightsville Beach beckons with its pristine shores, while Fort Fisher Historic Site offers a glimpse into Civil War history. Seabird's downtown setting provides the perfect backdrop for dinner, followed by a leisurely stroll along the Wilmington Riverwalk. Catch a sunset river cruise with Cape Fear Riverboats before settling into your Riverwalk Airbnb for the night.
Coffee and a breakfast burrito at Casa Blanca fuel our journey towards Virginia Beach. The Wright Brothers National Memorial pays homage to aviation history, while First Landing State Park invites us to reconnect with nature on stunning beaches. Capture a selfie with the iconic Neptune statue on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and let the ocean breeze lull you to sleep in your oceanview SpringHill Suites room.
Cityscapes and Shanghainese Soup Dumplings
Day six marks our ascent to the urban jungle of Philadelphia. The iconic Ocean City Boardwalk offers one last taste of coastal fun before we delve into Wilmington, Delaware's historical treasures like the Old State House and First State Heritage Park. After devouring a lobster roll at the Trolley Square Oyster House, prepare to be dazzled by the opulent interiors and incredible gardens of the Nemours Estate. A stroll through Downtown Philadelphia brings us face-to-face with LOVE Park and the delectable Shanghainese Soup Dumplings of Nom Wah in Chinatown. Rest your weary legs at the luxurious W Hotel Philadelphia.
Philly Foodie Frenzy
Philadelphia deserves a second day. Hop on the Hop On Hop Off Bus for a comprehensive city tour, then choose your culinary adventure – City Food Tours' walking tours are a fantastic option. From cheesesteaks to Italian hoagies, Philly's food scene is a symphony of flavors.
Concrete Jungles Where Dreams are Made of
Our final stretch takes us across the Delaware River and into the beating heart of Brooklyn, New York. After navigating the infamous BQE (with a hefty dose of patience), check into your hotel and ditch the car. Public transportation whisks you into Manhattan, where the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art awaits with its treasure trove of global art. Breathe in the fresh air while strolling through Central Park, the High Line's elevated oasis, or the whimsical green haven of Little Island. For a unique perspective, hop aboard a Classic Harbor Line architecture tour on the water - the NYC skyline never looked so breathtaking. Spend the night in a bridge-view room at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, letting the city lights twinkle you to sleep.
Brooklyn Bites and Manhattan Moments
Brooklyn deserves a day of its own. Start with a morning stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, where cobblestone streets meet panoramic views of the East River and iconic skyline. Grab a selfie at the DUMBO waterfront – the perfect backdrop for your NYC story. Later, embark on a Williamsburg food tour with Like a Local Tours – Northside Bakery's melt-in-your-mouth pastries, Mable's Smokehouse's smoky goodness, and Best Pizza's cheesy perfection are just the beginning. From Tacombi Taco's vibrant flavors to Kahkow Chocolate Factory's decadent treats and Angels Cafe's charming ambiance, Williamsburg's culinary scene is a melting pot of deliciousness.
The Grand Finale
With a heart full of memories and a belly full of good food, wrap up your trip at your chosen NYC airport. Whether you fly home with the lingering taste of Charleston's shrimp and grits or the echo of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, this coastal road trip from Savannah to New York City leaves you with an unforgettable mosaic of experiences. From sun-kissed beaches to cobblestone streets, historic landmarks to cityscapes that pierce the sky, this journey is a testament to the East Coast's captivating blend of history, charm, and culinary delights. So, buckle up, hit the road, and discover your own coastal adventure – the open highway awaits!