I am going to be traveling to the east coast (usa) and I am looking for some recommendations on places to stop, from Maine to North Carolina. I would like to travel mostly shoreline, my soon to be husband likes to drive and I like to take pictures. These are the kind of things we are looking for: beautiful coastline, small historic towns, bridges, harbors, historic markers, historic buildings, and we LOVE scenic drives. Also, is it better to drive up or down the coast? We are coming from the midwest so it doesnt matter where we start our trip.
You're really in the wrong forum.
Try re-posting your query in America, rather than photography. You will get more replies.
Acadia in Maine, White mountains in New Hampshire, Adirondack and lake placid in New York state, Cape may new jersey. Just to name a few...
Through Maryland and Virginia I think you definitely want Route 113 and Route 13 and then take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel to Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia. The Virginia Beach locals like to say the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel is the 9th Wonder of the World. Seriously, it is a fantastic drive and Virginia Beach is very scenic. If you like Victorian Homes, in Maryland stop at the town of Snow Hill on Route 113.
Also stop in the town of Havre de Grace in northern Maryland (it almost became the national capital instead of Washington, D.C.). It is very scenic.
Also check out the towns of Mystic and Easton in Connecticut. Easton is slightly inland, but was given a prize as "most American town in the East" by an historical group.
In the southeastern section of the country, be sure to go through Charleston, South Carolina. It is a larger town, but very scenic. Other towns of great interest: Princeton, New Jersey; Hunt Valley, Maryland; and Alexandria, Virginia.
Lastly, our nation's capital--Washington, D.C.--is definitely worth visiting. It has lots of great monuments, interesting buildings, good restaurants, and scenic areas (such as Georgetown).
Forgot to mention Anapolis--Maryland's capital. A very small, but rather quaint town right on the Chesapeake Bay.
If you get to Charleston try to make it to the Patriots Point Naval Museum
further north drive the entire length of N.Carolinas Outer Banks
Lots of great suggestions so far and I agree about every one of them. The Bay Bridge Tunnel is an amazing thing to see but you kind of have to decide if water views or seeing the nation's capital is more important to you because geographically you really can't do both without a 3 hour detour.
The coast of Maine is simply a must see, Arcadia is really nice. Take a ride up Cadillac mountain at sunset and you will have your best picture on the first day of your trip. Another vote for Charleston, SC too.
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jul-2009, at 05:36 by DaveinMD ]
when you arrive in North Carolina the Outer Banks is an amazing "barrier" island off the coast of North Carolina, it has beautiful beaches... if you are going in summer!