There are few activities more fun than a road trip.
There are few better opportunities to bond with friends and family than while in a car, filled with excitement for the road ahead.
There are few bucket lists that do not include a cross-country road trip.
If you’re thinking about making the trek from New York to Miami, there’s a lot to see along the way. Whether you’re interested in endless mountain views, fresh ocean air, new foods, fascinating historical sites, or quirky roadside landmarks, there will be no shortage of any of the above during your trip. Take a look at what we have in store for you!
The Direct Route – 23 hours, 12 minutes
New York – Philadelphia, PA – Washington, D.C. – Richmond, VA – Myrtle Beach, SC – Charleston, SC – Savannah, GA – St Augustine, FL – Orlando, FL – Miami, FL
The Chocolate Route – 24 hours
New York – Hershey, PA – Washington, DC – Richmond, VA – Myrtle Beach, SC – Charleston, SC – Savannah, GA – St Augustine, FL – Orlando, FL: – Miami, FL
The Historical and Mountainous Route – 24 hours
New York – Hershey, PA – Gettysburg, PA – Washington, DC – Roanoke, VA – Charlotte, NC – Beaufort, SC – Savannah, GA – Orlando, FL – Miami, FL
What to see along the way:
New York to Philly:
Professor Ouch’s Bizarre Bazaar – Philadelphia’s most fun shop, filled to the edge with the most curious of oddities and the strangest of collectibles.
The World’s Largest Clothespin – The US is filled with fun/weird, seemingly unnecessary roadside monuments. This is one of them.
New York to Hershey/Hershey to Gettysburg:
Haines Shoe House – A home in the shape of a giant shoe, come tour this roadside wonder while you enjoy some homemade ice cream and other homemade yummies.
Important: Tour the Hershey’s Factory!
Philly/Hershey to DC:
Before arriving in DC, stop in Baltimore and check out:
Ouija Board Headstone – Elijah Bond, the man who patented the Ouija Board, is buried beneath a tombstone that resembles a Ouija Board. Also buried in this cemetery are John Wilkes Booth, Johns Hopkins, and tons of other well-known politicians, war heroes, artists, etc.
Urologic History Museum – Yes, this is a museum about the history of urology.
American Visionary Art Museum – This museum (and education center) is dedicated to self-taught artists and even has an outdoor movie theatre that seats 2,000 people!
Havre De Grace Decoy Museum – Watch and learn about the art of decoy-making in the “Decoy Capital of the World”.
National Cryptologic Museum – Thousands of NSA artifacts, including machines and devices that date back to the American Civil War, are housed in this museum. Visitors can also hear first hand experiences from people who have devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, at the first and only public museum in the Intelligence Community.
Gettysburg to DC:
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia – This city is located at the meeting point of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. It was also the site of one of the most well-known and important battles of the American Civil War, wherein John Brown, an abolitionist, initiated an armed slave revolt by taking over a U.S. arsenal. Brown’s bold and courageous team of 22 was ultimately defeated by the Marines.
DC to Richmond:
Westmoreland Berry Farm – They have berries (and other fruits and veggies) to pick. They have goats to pet. What’s there not to love?! Just be sure to check their website to find out what’s in season and when.
DC to Roanoke:
Miniature Graceland – One couple’s obsession with Elvis Presley led to this collection of landmark replicas to be built. From Graceland itself, to concert halls, to various structures, Mini Graceland is a must-see for anyone who loves the King and can’t make it to the actual Graceland (but even if you will be visiting Graceland… this place still is a must-see).
Giant Roller Skate – Have you ever wondered where the world’s biggest roller skate is? Well, now you know!
Shenandoah National Park – 500 miles of beautiful hiking trails, awe-inspiring waterfalls, colorful leaves, and spectacular views at every corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah River, and the Shenandoah Valley. If you don’t have the time to thoroughly explore, be sure to leave yourself some time at least for a picnic!
Richmond to Myrtle Beach:
Wilmington – Get a taste of history by touring a WWII battleship, visiting plantations, and exploring the historic downtown. Not a history buff? Visit the sites where many famous movies and TV shows have been filmed like One Tree Hill, A Walk To Remember, The Conjuring, and Dawson’s Creek!
Fayetteville – Botanical gardens, ziplining, children’s museums, and many memorials and museums devoted to U.S. veterans fill this beautiful city, best known for being home to Fort Bragg, a major U.S. army installation and the largest military base in the world (population-wise).
Roanoke to Charlotte:
Last Shell Oil Clam Shell – This abandoned, former Shell gas station is the last one of its kind that is still standing, and it’s been standing since the 1930s!
Homeless Jesus – A statue of Jesus Christ depicted as a homeless man asleep on a bench was meant to send a message about Christ’s humble life. The statue is so realistic that passersby sometimes mistake it for an actual person.
Shangri-La Stone Village – Although a bit of a detour, the Shangri-La Stone Village is more than worth the additional driving time. Built by Henry Warren, a retired tobacco farmer, this village consists of leprechaun-sized buildings, such as a gym, a bank, a library, a gas station, a theatre, a hotel, and over 20 more buildings. A sign in front of Warren’s home reads, “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” It seems that he did just that.
Myrtle Beach/Charlotte to Charleston/Beaufort:
Mr. Crab Calabash Seafood Buffet – All you can eat lobster and crab legs, plus over 100 other delicious dining options. Non-seafood lovers can also enjoy this slice of heaven, as they have above the sea options as well!
UFO Welcome Center – Built in the backyard of South Carolina native Jody Pendarvis, stands a 42 foot wide flying saucer with a 20 foot saucer resting on top. Visitors can tour what is intended to be a facility for aliens upon their arrival to Earth. Seriously.
Charleston to Savannah:
This leg is less than 2 hours long so just hop in the car and head straight to Savannah to maximize the amount of time you can stuff your face with all of the mouth watering southern delicacies that this beautiful Georgian city has to offer. If you’d really like to make a pit stop, however, give Beaufort or Tybee Island a visit.
Beaufort, named the Best Small Southern Town, offers stunning views, antebellum architecture, and is South Carolina’s second oldest city.
Tybee Island, also known as Savannah Beach, is a pretty little beach town known for being home to the first Days Inn hotel, the Tybee Island Light Station, and for being one of the few places where the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped an atomic bomb. Fun fact: to this day no one is 100% sure whether or not it actually detonated.
Savannah to St Augustine:
Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf – Mini golfing with a twist! Located in Daytona Beach ON the beach, go mini golfing at this super fun tropical pirate-themed mini golf course. There are even waterfalls!
St Augustine to Orlando:
Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill – Rum bar meets tiki bar meets grill meets water sports meets gorgeous views.
Orlando to Miami:
Use all of your time in Orlando for theme parks. Any spare time should be spent racing to the car and getting to Miami in order to maximize your time there as well. Florida boasts lots of beautiful lakes, so stretch your legs on the shores of one of them!