Here are 10 Must-See Attractions Along the East Coast:
1. Niagara Falls
Majestic roaring waterfalls awe tourists at this geological wonder located on the border of the United States and Canada. Once known as a premier Honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls remains one of most popular tourist attractions in the state of New York. Comprised of three waterfalls — American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls — Niagara Falls water stems from the upper Great Lakes and the river is estimated to be 12,000 years old.
2. Acadia National Park
Inspired by its natural beauty, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to a diverse population of plants and animals as well as the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. The only national park in all of New England, Acadia National Park offers coastal views and activities for both leisurely hikers and adrenaline junkies.
3. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. Closed after Hurricane Sandy, Lady Liberty is now open to the public once again.
4. Lincoln Memorial
An educational stop for parents and children alike, the Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor Abraham Lincoln. The memorial is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. The memorial stands 190 feet long, 119 feet wide, and almost 100 feet high. View our list of top places to visit for President’s Day.
5. Mount Vernon
Once home to President George Washington, Mount Vernon is a very popular historic estate in America and is open 365 days a year. Located in Alexandria, Virginia, more than millions of people have visited Mount Vernon ever since the estate was officially opened to the public. Guests to Mount Vernon can visit the mansion, Washington’s Tomb, and almost 50 acres of his plantation.
6. Shenandoah Caverns
For travelers seeking a bit of adventure, Virginia’s Shenandoah Caverns offer an opportunity to escape summer’s heat or warm up on a cold winter day. Belowground temperatures hover around 56 degrees year round, so the caverns are an enjoyable attraction during any season. Best of all, families with children of all ages and abilities will be able to experience the fun of the caverns.
7. Hanging Rock State Park
If you’re ready to soak up the mountains or chill under cascading waterfalls, you won’t want to pass up Hanging Rock State Park. Located only a short drive from Winston-Salem, park visitors can enjoy incredible views, miles of hiking trails and five magnificent waterfalls. Be sure to bring your camera!
8. Biltmore Estate
Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of New York’s Central Park and the father of American landscape architecture, designed the grounds of the 125,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Once home to George and Edith Vanderbilt, the 250-room estate in Asheville, North Carolina is now open to the public. Today, visitors can explore the estate on a self-guided house tour and experience a fresh look at how people lived and worked in America’s largest home.
9. Savannah Historic District
The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, Savannah, Georgia features more than twenty city squares of museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras. The Historic District of Savannah is accented with charming cobblestone streets and manicured gardens, making the area an attractive destination for couples and families alike.
10. Florida Everglades
Hikers, divers and adventure lovers will enjoy the Florida Everglades. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides a natural habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, crocodile or the Florida panther. Feeling particularly adventurous? Take your family on an airboat tour to explore the park from an entirely different perspective.