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New York City to Miami in 4 days - What's there to see?

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New York City to Miami in 4 days - What's there to see?


Me and 4 of my friends are driving from NYC down to Miami in 4 days (not flexible) this September. Car rental is already sorted but the route remains yet to be decided which is what I'd like some advice on.

We are all in our early 20s, enjoy a good night out and a good spot of site seeing!

Based on the above have you got any ideas on what to see along the way and where we want to be making sure we visit on our travels down?

Any ideas are much appriciated from the standard stops to the querky.


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1. Re: New York City to Miami in 4 days - What's there to see?

Definitely add Washington DC to your list. You can spend a whole day there and not see everything, but you could decide on the most important/historic things that would matter the most to you. Once you pass Virginia, not much to see historically, until you get more into SC and GA. Do you plan to take I-95 the whole way down to Miami?

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2. Re: New York City to Miami in 4 days - What's there to see?

Hi Ben,

Pretty doable road trip - 5 hours of driving a day will get you there and leave plenty of time for sightseeing. I agree with Jennmaybe that your first stop should be DC - plenty to see including monuments and museums plus great nightlife. What is your budget? If you're watching your money, you may want to stay outside of each city in a suburb at a less expensive chain hotel rather than in the city center.

Second stop could be Wilmington NC or Charleston, SC. Both have some sightseeing, though Charleston has much more to see and do, with tons of historical sights and fantastic restaurants. However, it would be a full day of driving from DC. Wilmington has a charming downtown with an area called "Riverwalk" with tons of bars and restaurants along it. After that, stopping somewhere on the coast in Florida would be a good last stopping place before hitting Miami. Which place to stop depends on whether you choose Wilmington or Charleston as your second stop or whether you care if you spend the whole day driving at some point during your trip.

Hope this helps!


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3. Re: New York City to Miami in 4 days - What's there to see?


One option would be to drive down through Delaware and across the 17-mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel:


In Maryland, you could check out Ocean City and Assateague Island National Seashore with its wild horses.



In Virginia, you'd cross the CBBT and could check out Jamestown (the first English settlement in the US), Yorktown (where Cornwallis surrendered to end the Revolutionary War), and Colonial Williamsburg.




Near Charleston, South Carolina, you can find Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired; Patriots Point naval museum where you can go aboard the USS Yorktown, a WW II aircraft carrier; check out a plantation like Middleton Place, or see a live oak tree called the Angle Oak.





Savannah, Georgia has a lot to offer, including a lively downtown area with plenty of bars and restaurants.


Once in Florida, you can check out America's oldest city, St. Augustine or the Kennedy Space Center where you can see Space Shuttles or even the Saturn V rocket used for the Apollo program. You can even touch a moon rock.



Finally, if those suggestions weren't enough, you can check this site for more off-beat and quirky ideas along your route:


If you choose to go through Baltimore and Washington, check out Fort McHenry in Baltimore. It's where Francis Scott Key penned the "Star Spangled Banner" during the battle in the War of 1812.


Obviously, you can't do all of that in your time frame, but it gives you ideas of things to pick and choose from to meet your needs and schedule.

Safe travels.


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4. Re: New York City to Miami in 4 days - What's there to see?

Guys what we got on our hands here are four Brit mates with four fun days to kill getting from NYC to Miami wanting to party each night and catch a few sites on the road.

If this is the case, Savannah is number one stop both for party at night and a cool spot to check out. If more than one can drive, none of the drive days will be a big sweat.

You could go Ocean City MD to Wilmington NC to Savannah. If you can go for the few extra bucks for a ferry toll, travel down the Garden State Parkway to Cape May, take the Cape May Ferry over to Delaware and then down the coast to OCMD. Later in September, OC’s more a weekend town, but that includes Thursday night – which would really be ideal anyhow making Saturday night in Savannah.

Seacrets Bar in OC should fit the bill. I imagine and suspect you’ll have stories to tell back home.

I pick Wilmington over Myrtle Beach for a bit of a switch and the drive portions out better. You’ll find a place to eat and have a good time, but maybe chill a bit after OC and save up for Savannah.

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