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Top Tourist Destinations in the Eastern U.S.
The United States of America began in the cities and towns of the East Coast, from the landing at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts by European settlers in the 17th century, to the battles for independence against England in the Revolutionary War, to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Boston and Philadelphia, in particular, feature attractions that appeal to tourists' thirst for knowledge about this nation's colonial past.
While this part of the country harbors much of the nation's early history, it also strikingly modern and features the country's biggest and most bustling cities. New York City, one of the most visited cities in the world, is the financial and cultural capital of the USA. Meanwhile, Washington, DC, the capital city of the United States, is more than just the seat of government, but a young, vibrant town booming with new restaurants, bars, and activities for every type of traveler.
In comparison to the popular destinations in the western USA,... the destinations of the East are relatively near one another, making it possible to visit them all over a two-week visit. But note that each area, particularly New York City and New England, are ideal as stand-alone itineraries. Use the information in this list to learn which place best suits your travel interests. Here are the jaw-dropping must-see places on the East Coast.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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New York City
There have been songs written about and countless movies made in the City That Never Sleeps: New York, New York. The Big Apple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, let alone in the USA. And that's because New York has everything: landmarks, Broadway shows, five-star restaurants, luxury and boutique shopping, fabulous people-watching opportunities, and much more.
Some things not-to-miss: The dazzling lights of Times Square, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, eating soup dumplings in Chinatown, sailing around the Statue of Liberty, and having a picnic in Central Park. This famous city is somewhere you absolutely must see before you die. Here are some resources to help you plan your trip:Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Washington, DC, is particularly popular with American travelers who come to visit the many monuments and institutions in the Nation's Capital. There are the obvious can’t-miss locations, like the Lincoln Memorial, but the Founding Fathers created a beautiful capital and there are many tributes to them throughout DC. As also home to over 180 foreign embassies and consulates, DC also has a world-class flair worth checking out. And, of course, there are those famous cherry blossoms.
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The United States was born in New England. So this part of the country is an essential stop for anyone with a penchant for learning about U.S. history. The Boston Red Sox have played in famous Fenway Park since 1912. If you’re looking for a different New England experience, check out the Museum of Bad Art to celebrate failed attempts at beauty. In a nutshell, New England has everything from historical cities to nature travel to sporting attractions to delicious seafood restaurants to quaint seaside towns. Here are some ideas to get you started on where to go and what to do:Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Another favorite city of America's Founding Fathers, Philadelphia has many important colonial attractions, such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. This East Coast city is also home to great neighborhoods and markets, such as one of the oldest farmer's markets in the U.S. called the Reading Terminal Market; premier art museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and fabulous food (don't leave without trying a cheesesteak and some Pennsylvania Dutch fare!).