Destination Round-Up: East Coast USA Holidays

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We love asking our travel blogger community to share posts for the destination round up feature because we are always overwhelmed by the response.  This month we have rounded up our favourite East Coast USA holiday reviews, so if you are thinking about a holiday to the coastal states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, New York or Massachusetts you have come to the right place.  Prepare to be very inspired!

FLORIDA

The sunshine state is popular with our travel bloggers!  We have purposefully chosen a selection which show the best of what the state has to offer to visitors.

Nichola from Global Mouse Travels proves that there is more to Florida than theme parks in this post – A family trip to New Smyrna Beach, nr Orlando, Florida  “When most people think of the Orlando area of Florida they think of theme parks and attractions, big resorts with so much entertainment, fast-paced action and endless thrills. This part of the sunshine state is most definitely all of these things, and there’s much fun to be had here. But it’s not just these, there’s another side to the Eastern coast of Florida, the area around New Smyrna Beach, that is simply a breath of fresh air, a glimpse into an uncomplicated Florida, a throw back to the days before the theme parks and which is still present and thriving.�

Sunset at New Smyrna Beach – “A place which oozes old school hospitality and makes you feel at home� – explains Nichola from Global Mouse Travels

Melissa and Marcus from Fly Drive Explore share their thoughts and a short video clip featuring the Gulf Coast in this fascinating post – Sophisticated Naples and the Florida Everglades.  They stayed in this region to relax to after a busy holiday in Orlando.  One of their highlights was a boat tour through the mangroves in the Everglades National Park.

“Everglades City (just a small town rather than a city) is airboat central. There are plenty of “Captain This’ and ‘Captain That’ boat tours that take you through the mangroves.  On our tour a few alligators floated past looking at us like an open buffet, we also saw some raccoons and a couple of manatees� – Fly Drive Explore

In full admiration of the activities for visitors to the Kennedy Space Center was Keri from Our Globetrotters in her post – Five Unexpected Highlights of Florida.  Her other recommendations include a visit to the lesser known Zoo Miami and Fort Myers Beach. 

Fort Myers Beach – “The sand is luxuriously soft but scattered with seashells for collecting� describes Keri from Our Globetrotters

Karen from Mini Travellers has shared her 14 day trip plan to Orlando after being overwhelmed when trying to plan her own family holiday – “I spent ages deciding where to visit and when; and an equally long time deciding where to stay. I found the whole thing quite baffling at first as there is just so much to do and so many options�

GEORGIA & SOUTH CAROLINA

Lisa Editor of Trips100 and Travel Loving Family lived in Savannah, Georgia for three years.  She shares her favourite road trip from Charleston, South Carolina with stops in Savannah, Jekyll Island, Jacksonville and St Augustine, Florida in this post – Family road trip ideas – USA.
“Charleston, Savannah and St Augustine are all beautiful walkable cities with lots of attractions, and are family friendly destinations in their own rights. Combined as a road trip however they offer the chance to truly experience the Deep South, mix with friendly locals, visit historical and kid friendly attractions, taste delicious southern cuisine and offer lots of opportunities for stops at stunning beaches� – recommends Lisa from Travel Loving Family

NEW YORK

Helen from Space in Your Case shares her Must-Do Itinerary for a Family Trip to New York City.  She published a guide to the city to help ovther parents feel less daunted when planning a trip to NYC.  “A trip to New York may seem daunting when you have children. The sheer scale of the Big Apple can feel overwhelming when you first sit down to start planning your trip. But it’s all manageable, with a bit of organisation, and there’s no reason why kids can’t enjoy the city as much as the adults in your group.�
“When you’ve had enough of the view (could you ever?!) head west along W 34th Street towards Macy’s, with a spot of window shopping along the way. Macy’s is one of the three New York City stores you have to say you’ve seen, even if you don’t go inside� recommends Helen from Space in Your Case.
Jen from Jenography explores the lesser known attractions in New York City in this post – Touring Street Art in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  She describes the artwork as stunning – “Long, wall-length pieces. Bright assaults on your eyes. The work is vibrant and beautiful.�
“Walking around an edgy neighbourhood, strolling down cracked sidewalks glinting with broken glass may not sound like family holiday material, but the kids loved it, and it reminded me of the New York I arrived to back in the early ’90s. Authentic.� – Jen’s thoughts on her unusual choice of past time in NYC

MASSACHUSETTS

Maria from One Tiny Leap visited Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the off season.  She shares her tips and recommendations for visiting in the winter in this beautifully illustrated article – Cape Cod, Ultimate New England Holiday.  

“Our experience in Cape Cod felt real and authentic, with fewer crowds. We witnessed the damage caused by a difficult winter – it wasn’t all freshly painted and packaged for our enjoyment. We liked that, and would strongly recommend visiting Cape Cod off-season, although as you’d expect the options for eating, shopping and entertainment are limited� advises Maria from One Tiny Leap

Do you have any destination recommendations for travel to the East Coast of America?  Please comment or drop article links below to share your personal travel tips with our readers.  

Our next destination round up will feature USA holidays in the South, South West & West Coast.  If you have visited any of these areas and have holiday reviews to share with us please get in touch!

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