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Old 03-14-2017, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by marlinfshr View Post
I'll try to go over this on my take. For starters, isn't the Pacific coast Hwy a mountainous drive along the coast? Our east coast mountains (with the exception of northern New England perhaps?) are hours inland. If you want that kind of drive there is Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Pkw in VA and NC. Beautiful drives along a ridge in the Appalachians, though about 4 to 8 hrs from any coast.

As far as scenic coastal drives, there are a few and one can make do with many others. A couple of the best come to mind as NC12 along the outer banks of North Carolina. Combine it with the ferry's which are offered and you can take in practically the whole NC coast. 13 isn't much but it does go over the bay bridge tunnel at the mouth of the Chesapeake. Other then that it just goes through small towns and farm land. The VA barrier islands are constantly shifting and are quite small that a road could not be made to connect them like in NC. You can pick up rt 1/coastal highway at ocean city, MD and head north to the lewes/Cape May ferry across the DE bay. That can be a decent drive through the regions coastal resorts if you time it right.

Farther south there is 17 (I'm thinking SC and Georgia as it's been a while) which winds through swamp land, small towns and swings in near the coast in a few spots if I remember correctly. Then when you hit FL there is A1A which is pretty much the coastal road the length of the state and you can't leave it out as you cross over the keys and see water clarity not seen anywhere else in the mainland US!

It's just that the Geography of the east coast with resorts, small towns, state parks, national parks and shifting berrier islands along the whole coast does not lend itself well for a continuous "coastal hwy" along the whole eastern seaboard. Add in that the mountains are hours away and anything along the majority of the coast is flatland and nothing can be built to compare. To me, though, there rae some beautiful coastal drives all along the east coast. Just not one continuous stretch!
The Pacific Coast Hwy is a just a scenic hwy along the coast with some mountains on the other side.
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Old 03-14-2017, 02:56 PM
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Simple, the East coast is very irregular where the cost moves far left and right from an imaginary single line drawn from north to south. It would be a very erratic and costly road.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:00 PM
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The entire East Coast is lined with barrier islands and estuaries so it is pretty much impossible to have a road that goes straight along the Atlantic coast without building a lot of bridges. The closest thing I can think of would be parts of Florida State Route A1A or the part of US 1 that goes from Homestead to Key West.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:05 PM
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the coasts are set up differently

Much of the EC is islands and not all connected with larger bay breaks then the WC which has more sporadic towns and much more mountainous.

Take something like the Jersey shore - nearly top to bottom developed with beach front properties

or the outer banks or Long Island or the Cape etc. much more non consistent coast with large water breaks on the EC

you could argue there are some with similarities like A1A in Florida or even say Ocean Drive in NJ which goes on and off and connects most South Jersey Beaches from Brigantine to Cape May (or even a route 9 or GSP) etc.

but they are et up different and the EC coastline is vastly more developed when compared to the WC and with much different topography - few coastal (especially barrier) islands on the WC while the EC is nearly full of them and also totally flat until New England
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