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Which is a better drive? Miami to NYC or NYC to Miami?

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Which is a better drive? Miami to NYC or NYC to Miami?

Hi everyone

I'm planning for a visit to the east coast.

Which is a better or more scenic drive? Miami to NYC or NYC to Miami?

I have abt 12 days for this drive. For people who has not driven in the snow, would the route be easy to handle?

Any places recommended for stopovers, or must visit places?



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1. Re: Which is a better drive? Miami to NYC or NYC to Miami?

Theoretical it's the same drive no matter which way you cut it. My recommendation is to take A1A up the Florida coast, then hop on Highway 17 in Jacksonville and ride that as long as possible.

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2. Re: Which is a better drive? Miami to NYC or NYC to Miami?

Six of one and a half dozen of the other. In Florida, you might enjoy Daytona Beach and/or the attractions and old town of Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island. The last time we did this, northbound, we drove to the North Carolina coast, took the ferry to Okracoke Island, then a shorter (and free, at least then) ferry to the next island north and then drove north through the island chain, which includes Kitty Hawk/Wright Brothers and a museum, We overnighted in Cheapeake, VA and then took the bridge/tunnel complex north to New Jersey and on up to NYC.

If you have the time ande interest, Virginia and Maryland are filled with beautiful sights and historic places. Coming back, we took the Appalachian parkway part of the way.

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3. Re: Which is a better drive? Miami to NYC or NYC to Miami?

I would usually say drive NYC to miami because you will get closer and closer to the warmer weather, so psychologically better. However, since you are coming from Singapore, you might find it more interesting to drive north, towards the cold. Also New York has more to do as an end point, but is obviously very different. You may pick as a function of whether you like a to be in a bustling city or in a beach town for your last few days.

You are unlikely to encounter snow. It may snow 2 or 3 times a year in New York, and it usually stays for only a few days. Most likely you won't see it, even if you come in the dead of winter.

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4. Re: Which is a better drive? Miami to NYC or NYC to Miami?

You didn't give the time of year. In a general sort of way, you can drive (at least partly) along the coast, or can opt to go inland. I think Trip Advisor Forums have a Road Trip forum that could be helpful.

A few items:

New York City and its region is interesting, and the Hudson River north of the city is beautiful. One of the most beautiful (and fun to drive) roads in the US is the Taconic State Parkway.

• You can drive along the New Jersey and Delaware-Maryland-Virginia shores, using the ferry from Cape May, New Jersey to Lewes, Delaware. The Virginia portion is rural and somewhat scenic. The bridge-tunnel across Chesapeake Bay is remarkable.

• You can drive inland through northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Northern Jersey has been neglected as a place to visit, while Pennsylvania's hills, forests, and lush farmlands (with lots of German families) could almost be a nice part of Europe. Philadelphia has a major art museum and the superlative, newly relocated, Barnes collection. Longwood Gardens southwest of Philadelphia (almost in Delaware) is one of the most spectacular horticultural display gardens in the country, albeit it's modest compared to what Singapore has.

The Washington D.C. area is booming. Yesterday, the New York Times had a good story on the city's transformation. The city is dotted with interesting museums, not all of them part of the Smithsonian. A good guidebook can be very helpful. George Washington's estate, Mount Vernon, has a well-preserved view across the Potomac River and is a great introduction to the British plantation society of Virginia. Farther south, Colonial Williamsburg, a partial re-creation of the colony's tiny capital, is an even better introduction to a very successful British plantation colony.

• If you go inland into Virginia, there's lots of beautiful old towns (I like Shepherdstown, which is actually in West Virginia), the beautiful Great Valley, Skyline Drive on the Blue Ridge, etc. In fact, you could make a nice driving trip out of traveling the Great Valley from New York south.


• The Appalachian Mountains include a number of areas of scenic beauty, including the Canaan Valley and Seneca Rocks of West Virginia, numerous sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina, Joyce Kilmer Forest (a rare deciduous forest that wasn't logged), and some nice towns, notably Asheville. From there, you could continue south via Atlanta or Charlotte, North Carolina. I wish I knew a good natural history guidebook.

• On the Atlantic coast, the Outer Banks of North Carolina are worth visiting, but can be very busy in summer. If traveling in May or June, you can see wild Venus Flytrap plants near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Charleston, South Carolina, was the wealthiest town in British North America and remained wealthy until the 1850s, when its economy began to fail. Louisiana and Arkansas were much better places to grow rice. For some reason, Virginia developed very few towns, while South Carolina's Charleston was a small but busy city. The rice plantations depended on skilled workers from West Africa, who grew the rice very much as they had at home. They typically had much more autonomy in growing the crops than enslaved people in other parts of the South. Here's a useful web page:


• Georgia has several nice Sea Islands to visit, St. Simon, Jekyll, and Cumberland, which is run by the National Park Service and accessible only by passenger ferry.

• Northern Florida has great springs and several coastal towns worth a stop. The Kennedy Space Center is the most important historic site.


Note that in Florida, as in much of the United States, the urbanized areas mostly look alike and have precisely the same restaurants, supermarkets, movie theaters, and whatnot. You need to identify particular spots that are worth visiting and skip the mass of uninteresting stuff in between.

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