East Coast Vacation Ideas

East Coast Vacation Ideas #1: Kentucky Bluegrass Country is one of the loveliest east coast vacation spots. Located in the north central part of the state, Kentucky Bluegrass Country is an incredibly scenic area. The countryside here is green gently rolling hills, horses, stately mansions, fields of green grasses, endless stone and wooden fencing and charming little villages.

In the heart of Bluegrass Country is Lexington, often referred to as "the horse capital of the world". This area is horse country, with over 500 horse farms, and is the site of the world famous Kentucky Derby" horse race.

Kentucky Bluegrass Country is also historically an area of Bourbon distilleries that include Jim Beam and the oldest distillery in the country, Maker's Mark.

While exploring this wonderful vacation destination, be sure to visit The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the Covered Bridges and Cedar Creek Lake.

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East Coast Vacation Ideas #2: For a family friendly vacation idea on the east coast, try a kayaking adventure in Florida. If you are looking for something to do in Florida, check out the on-site kayaking at Brevard Zoo, in Melbourne FL. Expedition Africa is a kayak trip through a replication of the Nyami River Delta.

The Wetlands Outpost Kayaking is a guided kayaking ecotour through 22 acres of restored wetlands in the nearby Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge and the Pine Island Conservation Area.

This 10-acre African savanna is the rhino & giraffe habitat. So enjoy a kayaking adventure vacation at Florida's Brevard Zoo. The Nyami River winds throughout providing kayakers a great up-close view of the animals. This is a great way for the whole family to enjoy nature as kids as young as five can participate.

East Coast Vacation Ideas #3: Birmingham, Alabama - You will find classic Southern charm, hospitality and history in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the perfect place for a romantic vacation along the east coast. In Birmingham you will find plenty of attractions, events and entertainment as well as shopping and fine dining.

The surrounding Appalachian mountains provide the Birmingham visitor with lots of outdoor activities. For vacation shopping, Riverchase Galleria features the world's largest skylight and over 200 specialty stores and restaurants.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Be sure to pay a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. At the Arlington Antebellum Home and Garden you can dine in the historic garden room and tour the 1840's era home and gardens.

If you love flowers or just appreciate the beauty of nature come to Birmingham Botanical Gardens. With a Garden Conservatory, over 20 themed gardens, and over 3,000 varieties of plants you will have a feast for your eyes. Four popular spots are the Japanese Garden, the Wildflower Garden, the Fern Glade, and the Garden for Southern Living.

East Coast Vacation Ideas #4: Ohio Amish country - One of the more interesting places to visit on the east coast is Ohio Amish country. Explore the world of the Amish in Ohio which has one of the largest Amish populations in the country.

You can learn about the Amish and their fascinating way of life by visiting Yoder's Amish Home in Holmes County, Ohio. This is the heart of Amish country and Yoder's farm is an authentic Old Order Amish working farm. The farm is open visitors and guides will provide a tour of the two homes, the barn and one-room schoolhouse. You will learn about the Amish culture, history and their beliefs.

Yoder's Amish Home is an excellent idea for a family vacation. The kids will love petting the farm animals and everyone can enjoy a fun buggy ride. Don't forget to stop at the bakery for some delicious fresh homemade breads, cinnamon rolls or cookies. In October it's time for the Old Fashion Apple Butter Stirring and the last weekend in August is the Old Fashion Butchering Days.

East Coast Vacation Ideas #5: For a great road trip on the east coast try the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. This is one of the many National Scenic Byways and provides an excellent way to enjoy the varied beautiful of the U.S. East coast. It runs for 130 miles and follows an old Cherokee Indian footpath that ran through the scenic Cherokee Foothills.

There are plenty of places along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway Road to stop and enjoy local activities and sights. King's Mountain National Military Park and Cowpens National Battlefield provide historical and educational insights into local military action during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

The town of Gaffney is a good spot to soak up some real Southern culture. Campbell's Bridge is the only covered bridge that is still standing in the whole state. There are three fine state parks, Table Rock, Keowee-Toxaway and Caeser's Head which all provide a great spot to relax and enjoy the great South Carolina outdoors.

East Coast Vacation Ideas #6: Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail - A great place for nature vacations on the USA east coast is the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail - Located near Abingdon, Virginia the 34-mile Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is perfect for walking, hiking, bird-watching, biking or horseback riding.

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

The trail started out as a footpath used by Native Americans. Then it was taken over by the railroad and was used by a locomotive named the Virginia Creeper, hence the name Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail.

The railroads have been abandoning a lot of their tracks across the nation and a big move is on to transform these miles and miles of paths into useful recreational purposes. Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is part of that effort and, in fact, is considered to be one of the most beautiful trails in North America. Traveling this trail you be in for some incredible scenery as well as interesting features such as train trestles and bridges.

East Coast Vacation Ideas #7: Reelfoot Lake TN - Natural beauty and bird watching are just two reasons to visit Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake is the state's largest natural lake. It's only a couple hundred years old because it was formed by earthquakes that shifted the landscape of the northwestern corner of Tennessee back around 1811.

Today it's a National Wildlife Refuge and an important part of Reelfoot Lake State Park. The lake is 18 miles long and is a huge bird sanctuary. Among the 240 or so bird species that can be found here are Canada Geese, mallards and bald eagles. This is a bird watcher's paradise and there are two observation towers to help you spot them.

You can watch for wildlife along the 2.75 mile auto tour route, take part in a guided Bald Eagle and Waterfowl Tours or go hiking on the three hiking trails. Take a pontoon boat cruise on the lake or head out on a canoe. Visit the R.C. Donaldson Memorial Museum. Reelfoot Lake is also great for bass, crappie, bream, and catfish fishing.

Coopers Rock State Forest
Coopers Rock State Forest

East Coast Vacation Ideas #8: A trip to Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia is an inexpensive east coast vacation spot. Coopers Rock State Forest, in West Virginia is located off Interstate 68 between Morgantown and Bruceton Mills. The recreational area is over 12,000 acres of beautiful West Virginia hills and forest with trails and creeks. With 50 miles of trails, this is a great place for scenic hiking and exploring.

During the winter the Coopers Rock State Forest trails are used for cross-country skiing. Don't miss the overlook with its wonderful view of the Cheat River Gorge. Head down into Cheat River for swimming and boating. There are picnic areas and shelters for the family to relax and enjoy the surroundings. At Glade Run you can fish in the 6 acre pond for the trout that are regularly stocked there.

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