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Best East Coast Summer Vacation Destinations

Best East Coast Summer Vacation Destinations

There are few better ways to spend summer vacation than exploring the beautiful coastlines, seaside cities, and quaint towns our shores have to offer. From beaches, to long winding roads, ocean views, al fresco dining, and beautiful boardwalks, there’s no shortage of things see and do on a coastal summer vacation.

Grab your friends or family, and hop in the car for the ultimate summer vacation. Discover our favorite coastal summer vacation destinations.

1. Charleston, SC

Located on the Charleston Harbor — an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean — Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, and sought-after restaurants, Charleston is a popular tourist destination with many accolades, including “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel + Leisure. Here you’ll discover plenty of water-themed attractions, including beaches, marinas, boat charters, water parks, and more!

2. Bar Harbor, ME

A quaint yet busy summer town on the coast of Maine, Bar Harbor is home to many outdoor adventures surrounding Frenchman Bay. Visitors will enjoy attractions and activities including Acadia National Park, hiking, biking, swimming, and Cadillac Mountain — the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard. Dine on fresh seafood, or hit the water in a canoe or kayak, on a whale watching expedition, or take in one of the sought-after lighthouse tours.

3. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its spanning oceanfront — listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world! From shopping, to fishing, water sports, events and entertainment, discover things to do in Virginia Beach.

4. West Palm Beach, FL

Set along Florida’s Atlantic Ocean coast, West Palm Beach offers plenty of excitement, from smooth-sand beaches and some of the nation’s most enticing waterways. From trendy bars and nightclubs, to shopping at the Palm Beach Outlets, perusing the Palm Beach Zoo, or taking in an event at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, you’ll have plenty of choice for things to do in West Palm Beach.

5. Boston, MA

The capital and largest city in Massachusetts, Boston is a harbor city with a lively boardwalk and waterfront. Boasting plenty of restaurants and sought-after attractions like the New England Aquarium, Boston is a summer vacationer’s dream come true — offering all the amenities of a big city, combined with many of the characteristics of a quaint seaside town, including interesting architecture, history, and more.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration for an east coast summer vacation, it’s time to plan your trip! Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties along your route for affordable accommodations this summer.