The Capitol Building with its famous rotunda; Lady Liberty bearing her torch; the Liberty Bell, worn and cracked; the boats on Central Park Lake and the iconic landmarks of the National Mall: East Coast holidays are full of iconic sights you won't want to forget, so make sure you've got your camera primed.
From the designer stores of Fifth Avenue to the one-off boutiques of the Lower East Side, New York's shopping is legendary. But all the East Coast cities offer top quality retail therapy, whether it's department stores like Macy's and Saks you're after, or quirky galleries and antique shops. Just shop around!
There's top class art on all fronts, from New York's Museum of Modern Art to Philadelphia's Brown Foundation. Washington has the might of the Smithsonian, with 19 mind-blowing museums covering everything from natural history to air and space travel; NYC has the dual gems of the Met and the Guggenheim; and kids will love Philly’s interactive Please Touch Museum.
Weight Of History
History unfolds at every turn on East Coast holidays. At Philadelphia's Independence Park you can tour Independence Hall, where events key to the American Revolution unfolded; Colonial Williamsburg is probably the most extensively restored 18th century town in the USA and at Gettysburg National Military Park, you can see where one of the great battles of the Civil War was fought.
Force Of Nature
The Adirondacks and the Appalachians; the Finger Lakes and the Thousand Islands; the cute colonial villages of Delaware and the clapboard communities of Pennsylvania Dutch Country: These are just some of the many rural landscapes and natural wonders to be found in East Coast America. And we haven’t even mentioned the coastline yet.