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The Top Ten Summer Vacation Destinations in the Northeastern United States

Book a Charter Bus and Head East in Comfort and Style

It’s summer…time to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty to be found across our nation. It’s a great time to head to the Eastern Seaboard, as the weather’s perfect for a stroll down the beach or a walk through a historic neighborhood. Whether it’s the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, a walk through Faneuil Hall or a weekend on the boardwalk in New Jersey, you’re going to have a lot to do. You don’t want to make your trip any busier than it needs to be…why worry about maps or GPS, parking or slogging through traffic. There’s a better way to enjoy all the Eastern Shore has to offer—in the luxury and convenience of a charter bus from BusRental.com.

See the East Coast the Easy Way—on a Charter Bus!

From Maine to the mid-Atlantic, you’ll find a wide array of great places for a summer vacation. Whether you want to take in some the nation’s most cherished historic landmarks, play along the boardwalk or just hit the beach, you’ll find the right place to create lifetime memories:

  • The Jersey Shore: Any conversation about the Eastern Seaboard has to start with the beaches and there’s no more iconic shoreline than New Jersey’s Jersey Shore. From Cape May to Asbury Park, from Atlantic City to Long Beach Island, from Ocean City to Seaside Heights, it’s sand, sand, sand…and so much more. Casinos, amusement parks, dune buggy rides and boardwalk games all let you know you’re on vacation! The shopping is endless and the food is like nothing you’ll find anywhere else, whether it’s Fratelli’s Pizza in Middletown, Big Chick’s Mini-Donuts, the taffy and the James Candy Co. or the pork roll, egg and cheese at Johnny’s.
  • Bar Harbor, Maine—Just a few miles from Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is exactly how you’d picture a vacation along the Atlantic in Maine. Waves crashing along the ocean, plenty of lobster and crab, quaint little one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, and plenty of ice cream parlors. Take a drive up to Cadillac Mountain for the best view of the area or head down to the waterfront to sign up for a cruise along the coastline, where you might see whales, seals or Atlantic Puffin. There are endless hiking trails and lots of other fun outside activities, including the Egg Rock Lighthouse, a picture postcard of a view. .
  • Newport, Rhode Island: Tour the estates of the wealthy (well, what they considered to be summer cottages), including Marble House, the Breakers and Rosecliff. There’s also a 3.5 mile paved walkway along the shoreline. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is here, as is the Museum of Yachting and the Naval War College. Newport offers great beaches, including Gooseberry, Easton’s and Bailey’s Beaches. There’s great shopping here, from the Newport Scrimshander to Aardvark Antiques and Bowen’s Wharf. Of course, it’s seafood that you want when you come here…The Brick Alley Pub, with its lobster mac and cheese, is a favorite with locals, and The Mooring and the Midtown Oyster Bar get consistently great reviews.

  • New York City—It’s the Big Apple…and there’s no better time to visit than in the summer. Whether you want to spend the day in Central Park, visit the Statue of Liberty or take a ride on the Coney Island Cyclone, you want to do it when it’s warm. There are plenty of other great activities in the summer in New York City, from Shakespeare in the Park to movies under the stars, from live outdoor music to a food cruise on the Classic Harbor Line or Manhattan by Sail.
  • Annapolis, Maryland—Nestled along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is known as the “sailing capital of the United States.” It’s also the home of the U.S. Naval Academy, where families can tour some parts of the facility. Many of the local streets are still cobblestone, so Annapolis can feel just like a town out of Moby Dick. The Maryland State House is here, a historic landmark open to visitors. The Maryland World War II Memorial is a popular tourist destination as well.
  • Cape Cod, Massachusetts—If it’s an escape from the hustle and bustle that you’re seeking, look no further than Cape Cod. Take a walk along the Cap Cod National Seashore, smell the salt water and listen to the sounds of the ocean. It’s about an hour and a half off the coast from Boston, with easy access. Visit the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary or the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge or take a hike on the many trails. Day trips are available to Martha’s Vineyard and there are also a number of historic sites and museums.
  • Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia—If it’s history that interests you, you’ll be fascinated by the attractions at Williamsburg. There’s a 300 acre living museum where you’ll experience what it was like to live during the American Revolutionary War. On the streets, you’ll meet folks who dress, work and talk as people did 250 years ago. You can walk through the historic district without charge at any time. And if you need a break from all that history, you’re close to the Virginia beaches and Busch Gardens is nearby.

  • Washington, DC—Our nation’s capitol is one of the premier summer vacation destinations. From the Smithsonian to the National Mall, from the White House to Capitol Building, there’s more history than just about any place on earth. The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Vietnam Wall—you’ll have the experience of a lifetime. But Washington, DC offers much more. Patrons of the arts will love the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum, or live shows at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For a really unusual experience, visit the International Spy Museum, where you can go undercover, adopt an alias and catch a double agent!
  • Charleston, South Carolina—Founded nearly 350 years ago, Charleston is emblematic of the genteel South. Ride along cobblestone streets past the stunning homes in Charleston or take a leisurely walk through Market Square. There are plenty of beaches nearby and the Charleston area is loaded with world-class golf courses. If it’s haute cuisine you seek, visit Chez Nous for the best French fare this side of Paris. Of course, there are also a number of great seafood restaurants, including Hank’s, 167 Raw and the Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar.
  • Asheville, North Carolina—If it’s mountains you seek rather than beaches, head to Asheville. There’s a thriving arts community, so you’ll have plenty of access to galleries, as well as live music and theater. Asheville is also the unofficial capital of craft brewing (at least in the Eastern United States), with nearly 30 breweries in the city alone and an estimated 60 within a short distance. The Blue Ridge Trail runs just east of the city, with miles of hiking trails and stunning vistas. There’s also the Biltmore Estate—the largest private residence ever built.

Group Travel by Charter Bus—Why Go Any Other Way?

When you compare it to any other mode of travel, there’s nothing that offers all the benefits you get from a charter bus:

  • Flexibility—With a charter bus, you won’t be limited to a small number of prepackaged trips. You tell us where you want to go, when you want to be there and how long you want to stay. In most instances, you can even change your itinerary at the last minute.
  • Reliability—All of the vehicles we provide are carefully and regularly maintained, so mechanical problems are virtually nonexistent. We’ll get you where you want to go when you want to be there.
  • Safety and security—We hire the best drivers and provide them with regular training, so they have the skills to deal with any situation. In addition, with the limited access to the bus, it’s easy to monitor who goes on and off your coach, so you and your personal items will always be safe and secure.
  • Comfort—Our coaches have plush seats, plenty of leg room and wide aisles, so it’s easy to move about.
  • A real stress-free trip—No worries about traffic, parking or how to get where you’re going. There’s never a concern about a missed connection or lost luggage, and you won’t have to go through a TSA line. You can be on your device at any time—there’s no “bus mode” setting on your phone. Just sit back and relax—we handle all the details.
  • Affordability—Surveys routinely confirm that charter buses are the most cost-effective way to travel with a group.
  • Charter buses help you go green—With all your participants on the same coach, there’s less of a carbon footprint on the planet.

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The Top Ten Summer Vacation Destinations in the Northeastern United States