Travel Diaries: Other Eastern Places

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I traveled through a few East Coast cities and states that I didn’t see too much of, so I thought I’d write about them all in one post.

Myrtle Beach, SC
The stretch of coastline between Charleston, SC and Myrtle Beach, SC is worth a visit. I drove through there at nighttime and didn’t get to visit the many attractions in the area. Myrtle Beach is a tourist city with lots to do: 60 miles of beach, water parks, amusement parks, water sports and stores. The sights seemed interesting even under the cover of night.

Charlottesville, VA
This charming, historic city is surprisingly expensive. Its claim to fame is that three American presidents lived there: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison. Apparently, John Grisham now lives there. This is also where the University of Virginia is located. The area is known for its vineyards and old money, and its Downtown Mall is one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the US.

Washington, DC
I didn’t schedule any significant amount of time to tour DC this time because I’d been there before. The architecture of this city is awe-inspiring. Many downtown buildings are massive in height and size, especially the museums, and the city is home to several significant memorials. There is so much to see and do in DC that I wasn’t able to get it all in during a previous 2-week visit. The neighboring states of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania are all easily accessible through short drives, and they offer their own attractions. The one drawback in driving on some highways north of DC are the tolls charged by the different states. Maryland’s tolls were the most atrociously high. I think it cost me about $15 to drive through Maryland into Pennsylvania.

I liked the fact that cities and states are closer together on the East Coast. I made good time driving from one state to the next, but I definitely will plan for more time in each place on a subsequent visit. It seems the time’s never enough when visiting an exciting place.

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