I live in NYC and would like any suggestions regarding a road/bike trip down (preferably south) the east coast. I have about 4-5 days.. so I obviously dont want to go too south.. but I wanted some really nice driving/hiking locations.. I'm looking to do a solo trip so something that isn't crazily dangerous would be preferable as well. Could you suggest any nice towns/states etc to visit? I would prefer something a bit more off the beaten path. Planning to do this sometime around the end of May.. I've heard of a couple of islands off the east coast where I can see wild horses etc. Anyone have an idea of where this might be?
You'll be lucky to get to Virginia, but in NC, the Outer Banks is the the place to see the ponies, north of Corolla to be exact. Check some maps on how to get there. You might bus down and ride back to NYC.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 22, 2008, at 6:12 PM by Arezzo19 ]
I'd suggest that you head out of NYC and drive down the coast of New Jersey. go down to Cape May and Cape May Courthouse, beautiful little downs on the southern Jersey shore. Take the ferry from Cape May to Lewes, Delware. (check the Ferry Schedule). follow the Coast through Deleware and Maryland. There is an island south of Pocomoke City Maryland, once you cross over the Virginia line, called Chicoteague. I remember as a child living in North Carolina, my mother used to tell us and read us stories about the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague. Check out this website http://www.chincoteague.com/ and see what you can find.
This might take your whole trip but might be worth it. or head over to Williamsburg VA as well. Lots of History and things to do.
Two good bike trips are:
1) Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway: http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
2) Southeastern MD (absolutely beautiful): http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.asp?trailid=XGP006-010
if you want hiking go out into the Appalachians:
maybe go paintballing over in Jim Thorpe, PA at skirmish. that is an awesome day right there...you could join another group up there. That really is some of the most fun I've ever had. It's supposed to be like the best place in the world to do it too. And it is not too far from new york city (maybe like an hour and a half west) and then there has got to be tons of hiking out there, it's out in the middle of the woods. there is also a bunch of river rafting tubing things to do as well although it's too cold to do those now. but I def recommend paintball, all day long you just walk, run, jump and hide in the woods and shoot at people.
if you are looking for hiking I would just drive down though the mountains in PA as opposed to the coast. I don't know if you've ever been, but bushkill falls is very nice for hiking and walking about. very underrated. again that's not too far from new york city either a little north but it'll get you out into Appalachia.
If you check out the current issue of National Geographic it has two article on the US--one is on New York City and the other one is on the Appalachian Mountains. This second article would help you out if you plan to take Cool Paul's advice (and he has very good suggestions if you plan to stray from the coastal route).