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New York City

New York City is a great place to begin a driving tour of northeastern USA. There are three major airports serving this city, JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark International just across the river in New Jersey. That makes it easy to fly there from just about anywhere in the world.

New York City offers many attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, the United Nations, Broadway Theater, museums, art galleries, thousands of restaurants and plenty of night life. I suggest you do not rent a car until you see all of the sights in the city. A car can be a liability in New York. Driving in Manhattan can be a nightmare and parking is very expensive. It is better to use the public transportation to see the city, then rent a car when you are ready to leave. You can pick up a rental car at several locations in Manhattan or you can take a bus to Newark Airport to rent a car and completely avoid driving in New York City.
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If you begin your road trip at another location and drive to New York City, I suggest you stay at a hotel in Secaucus New Jersey just a few miles from Manhattan. You can take advantage of nicer lodgings at lower prices, park your car for free and ride a bus into the city.
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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City was once famous as a popular beach resort with seaside accommodations and summer vacation homes. Today, it is more famous for its collection of lavish gambling casinos and high quality entertainment. Atlantic City resembles Las Vegas on a much smaller scale. You can find some really good entertainment with famous performers and renown acts especially on weekends.

Atlantic City is located about 120 miles (200 km) south of New York City and 60 miles (100 km) southeast of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. It is just two hours drive from New York City and one hour from Philadelphia. You can follow the New Jersey turnpike (route 95) south to near Philadelphia then take the Atlantic City Expressway east or you can follow the Garden State Parkway south along the Atlantic Coast directly to Atlantic City. This latter route passes near the many small beach towns and resorts known collectively as "the Jersey Shore".
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the USA. It is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It was the original capitol or our newly formed country before Washington DC was founded. The Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall are two landmarks in downtown Philadelphia that are worth visiting. The city is located 100 miles (150 km) south or New York City and 100 miles (150 km) north of Baltimore, Maryland. You can drive from Philadelphia to either city in less than two hours along interstate route 95.
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Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is an old seaport city situated on the western shore of the great Chesapeake Bay. It is 200 miles (300 km) south of New York City and just 35 (60 km) miles north of Washington DC. Route 95 takes you from Baltimore to New York in less than four hours, to Philadelphia in less than two hours and to Washington DC in less than one hour. This is another good place to start your driving tour, as the local Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is a gateway to many international and domestic flights.

The area around the old Baltimore inner harbor basin has been refurbished and converted into a major tourist attraction and entertainment center. It offers a magnificent aquarium, a science center, a children's museum, a World War II class submarine, a coast guard cutter and a civil war era sailing ship that can all be toured. It also includes several shopping malls, and numerous shops, restaurants and bars.
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Washington Memorial, Washington DC © Mike Leco / USATourist.com
Washington Memorial, Washington DC

Washington DC

The city of Washington in the District of Columbia is located 250 miles (400 km) south of New York City, 135 miles (225 km) south of Philadelphia and 35 (60 km) miles south of Baltimore. You can also start your driving tour in Washington as Dulles airport 30 miles east of the city is a major gateway for international flights and Washington International Airport is a major gateway for domestic flights.

Washington DC was specifically created to be the capitol of the United States. It contains the US Capitol Building, the White House, and many federal agencies bureaus and offices. It also has numerous monuments, memorials, museums and parks all laid out in well-designed architectural splendor. There is a lot to see in Washington DC and most of it is free.
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg is located only 45 miles (80 km) northwest of Baltimore, Maryland and 60 miles (100 km) west of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is the sight of one of the most significant and bloodiest battles of the US Civil War. Today the original battlefield is well marked and memorialized with numerous statues and monuments commemorating the many northern and southern soldiers who died at this site.
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster is only 83 miles (140 km) west of Philadelphia and 60 miles (100 km) east of Gettysburg. It is known as the center of the Pennsylvania Dutch country due to its concentration of residents with German heritage. Many of them belong to the Amish religious sect that avoids the use of modern technology. They can be seen driving horse-drawn buggies throughout the farmlands in this area. The Amish are renown for their skill at producing hand crafted quilts and wooden furniture. They are also known for their delicious cooking.
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Written by: Mike Leco
Top Photo Credit: © Chris Pritchard
Photo Description: Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan, New York City