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Top Destinations in the Eastern United States

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Top Tourist Destinations in the Eastern U.S.
East Coast Love

East Coast Love

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From the landing at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, by European settlers in the 17th century, to the battles for independence against England in the Revolutionary War to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution - the United States of America began in the cities and towns of the East Coast. Boston and Philadelphia, in particular, feature attractions that appeal to tourists' thirst for knowledge about this nation's colonial past.

While this part of the country harbors much of the nation's early history, it also strikingly modern and features the country's biggest and most bustling cities. New York City, one of the most visited cities in the world, is the financial and cultural capital of the USA. Meanwhile, Washington, DC, the capital city of the United States, is more than just the seat of government, but a young, vibrant town booming with new restaurants, bars, and activities for every type of traveler.

In comparison to the popular destinations in the western USA, the destinations of the East are relatively near one another, making it possible to visit them all over a two-week visit. But note that each area, particularly New York City and New England, are ideal as stand-alone itineraries. Use the quick links on the following pages to learn which place best suits your travel goals.

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