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22 Weekend Road Trips on the East Coast

Typical me, I wait until the week of my birthday to finalize birthday plans, but a beach road-trip was so necessary. I was missing the peace and calm of the ocean. And while I can agree traveling by plane is much more convenient, road trips are all about the experience and sometimes more cost-efficient. My favorite memories are from family road trips cruising during sunset with the windows down and music blasting. Corny, I know, but if you’ve ever done it you know the feeling. When I’m driving long distances I’m always overwhelmed with a carefree-feeling and in the spirit of Lana Del Rey, I just want to keep drifting and see where the road takes me. Of course, I can’t just abandon real-life, although I’ve attempted (lol), it feels good to just escape for a while.

For my 25th birthday, I set out on an Airbnb hunt along the Gulf coast and was drawn to two small sleepy beach towns, Mexico Beach and Port Saint Joe. We mutually chose this condo in Mexico Beach, because of it’s size and beachfront location. (And the host Bill, was aweeesommme! Beach chairs, floats, etc. too).

Omggg…I loved it. It wasn’t your typical 25-year-old turn-up. 4 women, 2 guys, and 2 babies. We literally only bought a bottle of rum out of principle. But it was the perfect chill vibe I was looking for.

Are you in need of a low-cost, minimal planning road trip?

If you’re on the East Coast there is no shortage of fun short-distanced road trips. These drives are ideal for Spring Break, birthday getaways, and weekend summer trips. So pack light and get going!

Here are a few scenic East Coast routes to take:

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

1. US 1

2. Blue Ridge Parkway

3. Kancamangus Scenic Byway

4. Acadia National Byway

Here are the best road trips by crowd:

Looking for a party?

SouthPadre

South Padre, TX

  • Panama City Beach, Florida
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jersey Shore, New Jersey
  • South Padre, Texas
  • South Beach, Florida
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Looking to relax and escape the crowd?

Cape Cod, ME

Cape Cod, MA

  • Oak Island, North Carolina
  • Bar Harbor, ME
  • Mexico Beach, Florida
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • Newport, RI
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Freeport, New York

Looking for a cool atmosphere, kinda artsy and chill?

asburypark

Asbury Park, NJ

  • Mount Desert, Maine
  • Athens, Ohio
  • Asbury, New Jersey
  • Marfa, Texas
  • North Charleston, South Carolina

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