Gather up your friends and family for an East Coast road trip! Enjoy some of the very best spots that the East Coast has to offer on this fun-filled journey! This guide will take you from New York down the coast to Virginia — providing Jellystone Parks to visit all along the way! The East Coast has a wide selection of activities, from busy cities to breathtaking hikes, to delicious foods, this guide will help you experience a variety of them all!
State #1: New York
Stop #1: Jellystone Park Lazy River
Begin your East Coast journey in Gardiner, New York at Jellystone Park™! Our luxury cabins and amenities will ensure a comfortable stay — helping to give you the energy to get your trip started!
Stop #2: Minnewaska State Park
Minnewaska State Park is located on the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge, towering 2,000 feet above sea level. There are numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, and forests opening to beautiful views that will leave you breathless. In addition to the stunning scenery you’ll find, Minnewaska Park offers activities including bike riding, swimming, horseback riding, scuba-diving, rock-climbing, and boating.
Stop #3: Breakneck Ridge Trail
Breakneck Ridge Trail is known as one of the most popular hikes in the country. Although it is relatively short in length, the Breakneck Ridge Trail is a demanding hike, and includes a steep climb over exposed rocks. If you do choose to accept the challenge, your hard work will certainly be rewarded. The Breakneck Ridge Trail provides a beautiful lookout over the Hudson River, with views of Bannerman’s Castle on Pollopel Island and Storm King Mountain as well. Trail Stewards are available on weekends to assist your experience, so that you can accomplish this hike safely, while having a blast!
Stop #4: New York City
Keep moving down the coast to the Big Apple! Needless to say, New York City has an abundance of activities to take part in. With endless museums, food trucks, parks, and iconic places, you will not be bored in New York City. Take a tour of the Statue of Liberty, a stroll in Central Park, visit the NY Botanical Garden, or try the longest running real wood-smoked BBQ in NYC at Virgil’s Real BBQ. You’ll have the freedom to explore the hub-spot of America on this stop!
*Plus, it’s super easy to take the train from the park to the city! Just park at Poughkeepsie Station and the ride is under 2 hours to get to the heart of NYC!*
State #2: Pennsylvania
Stop #1: High Rocks Hike
The High Rocks Hike at the Ralph Stover State Park is a favorite destination for locals and travelers alike! Only 1.5 miles long, this low-key hike is a convenient pit stop to stretch your legs out of the car and catch a great view at the same time. The High Rocks Hike overlooks Tohickon Creek, and eventually reaches the creek itself. The State Park also offers picnic areas, whitewater rafting, rock-climbing, and fishing if you’re looking for more activities at this stop!
Stop #2: Philadelphia
Continuing on with the road trip, the next stop is full of history! Take some time to visit a few of the American Revolutionary sites, like the Liberty Belle and Independence Hall. Philadelphia has much more than history – check out unique activities like an Underground Donut Tour!
Stop #3: The Station Ice Cream
A local favorite, the Station Ice Cream is a must on this road trip. Living up to its name, this family-run ice cream shop is operated out of an old train station! Enjoy a selection of creamy treats and weekly changing flavors at this hidden gem in West Grove, PA.
Stop #4: Jellystone Park Quarryville
At the final stop in Pennsylvania, return to the comfort of a Jellystone Park! Enjoy a water park, luxury cabins, and a plethora of activities for your family! Let Quarryville serve as your oasis — a place to rest and relax after spending so much time on the road. You might not want to leave!
State #3: Maryland
Stop #1: Broom’s Bloom Ice Cream
The first stop when crossing state lines into Maryland should definitely be for more ice cream. Because too much ice cream simply isn’t a thing! Broom’s Bloom is a family run dairy farm in Bel Air, Maryland. They feature fresh old-fashioned churned ice cream, with over 100 flavors. Broom’s Bloom has been ranked as the fifth in the nation according to TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Ice Cream Shops, the finest ice cream in the Baltimore region, and Hartford County’s best ice cream 10 years in a row.
Stop #2: Antietam Battlefield
Experience an important part of American history at Antietam Battlefield. One of America’s costliest battles, this was the final push to put an end to the Civil War! Learn more about our nation’s history, how the war ended, and the Emancipation Proclamation which was issued 5 days later!
Stop #3: Jellystone Park Williamsport
Time for some fun in the sun and then a cozy spot to lay your head at Jellystone Park Williamsport! Spend the day at the huge water park with swimming pools, water slides, a splash pad with a pirate ship, and more! Then, enjoy a great night’s rest in a luxury cabin or park your rig at one of the full hook-up RV sites!
Stop #4: Billy Goat Trail
New day, new adventure on this road trip! The Billy Goat Trail is the most well known and popular hikes in the metro D.C. area, and for good reason. Located along the Potomac, there are beautiful views to experience all around you. They offer three separate trails that range in difficulty, so the trail may be accessible to all! Whether you choose a relaxed hike, or rock-hopping, this trail will not disappoint.
Stop #5: Washington, D.C.
Feeling patriotic? Make a stop in our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C.! You can make the most of your visit here — because there are unlimited activities for your whole family to enjoy! Stroll down the National Mall to view some of the capitol’s most iconic monuments, explore any of the nineteen Smithsonian Museums, or stop for a break on the steps of the Supreme Court.
State #4: Virginia
Stop #1: Hawksbill Greenway
Hello Virginia! This first stop surely should not be missed. Hawksbill Greenway is described as “where urban meets wild.” Located in an urban setting of the Shenandoah Valley, visitors can take a stroll along the two-mile paved trail while observing the abundance of wildlife. Trout, butterflies, and birds all thrive in this habitat. Bird-watching, biking, jogging, fishing, and rollerblading are all activities you’ll see while at Hawksbill Greenway. You’re only steps away from the unique downtown of Luray, where you can find farmer’s markets, restaurants, museums, and shops.
Stop #2: Shenandoah National Park
The Shenandoah National Park is located along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and is home to endless beauty. Take the scenic route on the Skyline Drive, a relaxing drive that goes through the entire length of the park. Or try the Stony Man Mountain Hike, a short and well-marked trail friendly to all. The views overlooking the mountains make either option well worth the stop!
Stop #3: Luray Caverns
The Luray Caverns is the largest and most popular cavern in the eastern United States. The Caverns are located deep beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains, and are approximately 4,000,000 years in the making — needless to say, they are a major tourist destination. Take a guided tour to view the marvelous stone columns and crystal-clear pools. The world’s largest instrument, The Great Stalacpipe Organ, can be found here as well. Experience this “must see” U.S. landmark, as the caverns are a true spectacle of nature.
Stop #4: Jellystone Park Luray
For the final stop of the East Coast Road Trip, come back to where it will feel like home — a Jellystone Park. Reminisce on the unforgettable moments of your trip around a bonfire, unknowingly making even more memories doing so. Whether you are tuckered out from the trip and just want to relax, or are ready to keep the activities rolling on our water slides, mini golf course, or fishing pond, Jellystone Park will be ready to welcome you back for both. Your stay at Jellystone Park will be the cherry-on-top of a wonderful family road trip.