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Old 08-24-2014, 10:59 PM
 
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Hello city data!
I am planning a trip from NC to NYC for 6 nights and 7 days. My plan is to stop at Washington DC and spend the night there, stay another night in Atlantic city giving me 4 more nights. My question is, what other cities up north are worth spending a night in or simply worth visiting. The majority of the trip doesn't have to be NYC, just on my "must go to" list lol.

Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:39 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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If you're a history buff, a day or so in Philly might be ideal to check out Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, as well as the museums. It's only a an hour or so away from AC, which after the casinos and some surprisingly clean and wonderful beaches, has little else to offer.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:02 AM
 
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I would add the second night to DC and explore the umpteen free museums and monuments (as well as the National Zoo) unless you find Atlantic City too much of a draw for some reason.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Just so you know, Atlantic City is a dump. If you're expecting Vegas on the Atlantic, you will be disappointed. (However, if you're looking for a quaint, family-friendly oceanside town, nearby Cape May and Ocean City both fill the bill nicely.)

Obviously, where you visit depends on what sorts of things you enjoy. As a general concept, I would give two days to Washington, D.C. and a day each to Baltimore and Philadelphia. Fortunately, all of these places are strung out in a row along Interstate 95 on your way to New York, so they're easy to get to. Baltimore, in particular, is very accessible; the Inner Harbor sits just a couple of minutes off the highway. Philadelphia's Center City is also located adjacent to I-95; however, it's the portion of the interstate that most NYC-bound drivers skip in favor of the more-direct New Jersey Turnpike.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Where in NC are you departing from? You mention cities, would you also be interested in other things like small towns, nature, etc? If you like nature (specifically mountains) you might want to ride up the Blue Ridge parkway and visit Shenandoah National Park. If you like the beach and water, maybe a trip to the Outer Banks and/or some of the other coast in Virginia, Maryland, and Del, the Chesapeake Bay, etc.

The big cities are a must. Sounds like you are planning a day in DC and I second the suggestion of considering two, as well as checking out Philly which has a lot of US history. Baltimore is also a cool city, and they have a great baseball park if that is of interest to you.

If you like smaller towns then I would recommend Annapolis. It is a cute little town with a nice downtown, lively nightlife, and good food.

I was not clear if you are ending in NY to stay there, but obviously you want plenty of time in NYC.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:34 PM
 
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Thanks for all the information! its so interesting to hear all this. Well I am from Winston-Salem, and I love historical sites. I think I will take the recommendation of staying for two days in DC. I don't know why I never thought about Philly but I think it will certainly deserve a day for its self.

As for Atlantic city, I'm not too big on going there… but my girlfriend wants a day for herself lol
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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As for Atlantic city, I'm not too big on going there… but my girlfriend wants a day for herself lol
What does she want to do there? If she just wants to gamble, there are casinos much, much closer to your route. In Maryland, Maryland Live is located at Arundel Mills Mall, just a few miles to the east of I-95 south of Baltimore. In the city itself, the brand-new Horseshoe Casino is opening sometime this week (I forget when); it's on Russell Street one block from I-95. And north of here, in Perryville, MD, there's the somewhat smaller Hollywood Casino, just off the interstate after you cross over the Susquehanna River and pay the $5 toll. (Oh, did we mention tolls? Be prepared to shell out a whole bunch of money on your way up here, going through Maryland and Delaware and New Jersey and into New York.)
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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I too think Philadelphia should be on your places to visit.

I also suggest Cape May, NJ.
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