Choosing a good vacation spot east of the Mississippi depends on your preference. Vacationers frequent New York City, Niagara Falls, Cape Cod, Cape May and Virginia Beach. The east coast contains classics like Disney World and hidden gems like the Pocono Mountains. Other good places to visit east of the Mississippi include Nashville, Acadia, Assateague Island, Washington D.C., Salem, Allegany State Park, Finger Lakes, Adirondack Park, Delaware Recreation Area and Columbus. Once you discover your definition of a good place to visit, plan your vacation east of the Mississippi.
Good places to visit on the east coast depend on the season, as weather can create activities or make them unbearable. For example, bitter, engine-stopping, cold swamps Maine, the northernmost state on the east coast, in January with average high temperatures below freezing. On the southern end of the coast, Miami, Florida, has mild days with January average high temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F. This is one of the best months to visit the Everglades National Park.
Choosing beforehand the type of vacation can help make an average vacation a great one. Relaxing vacations occur mostly in the country. The absence of tall buildings, nightclubs and five-star restaurants might turn you off, and you might prefer to visit New York City, Miami or Washington, D.C. On the other hand, you might enjoy the fresh air and physical activities associated with places like the Pocono mountains, the Adirondacks or the beaches.
Consider what activities make up your dream vacation. The northern half of the east coast has activities like whale watching, dining on fresh-caught seafood, visiting mariners’ museums, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice fishing, fresh and seawater fishing, wildlife watching and historical attractions. Some activities, like fishing, wildlife watching and historical attractions, overlap with the south, but the activities vary. Maine visitors see moose, while Florida visitors can see alligators. Southern activities include theme parks, aquariums, art museums, snorkeling, scuba driving, historical parks, wineries and islands.
Determine how much to spend. Cities tend to cost more than rural areas, but have attractions closer together. The cost to get to your vacation can range from the cost of a tank of gas to several hundred dollars for plane tickets.