East Coast RV Trip Itinerary – 16 Awesome Stops To Make

The east coast is an incredible place to explore, especially when you have the freedom to roam in an RV. This east coast RV trip itinerary will help you discover the very best places to see and things to do as you travel along the coast in your RV.

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Whether you need to know what to do on your east coast RV trips, where to eat, or where to stay, we have you covered in the plan below!

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Maps Of Trip

Here are 2 maps of the trip. The 1st one is the 1st half of the trip with a link to the interactive Google Map. The 2nd is the 2nd half of the trip with a link to that interactive Google Map. You would be covering a lot of miles if you did this whole trip (we did almost this exact trip last fall – so it is doable) at one time. Or you could break it into multiple trips.

East Coast RV Itinerary first half map

Interactive Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/iAkeKusX8GrX2XVY8

Here is the 2nd half of the trip:

East Coast RV Itinerary second half map

Interactive Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/TmhSeyyUZDjYEmsU7

There are so many great family and romantic getaways in the Northeast!! Let’s do this!!

Stowe, VT 

Stowe Vermont East Coast Road Trip

Stowe is a gorgeous place that is perfect for outdoorsy folks. Nestled amongst the trees, you’ll find great hiking, biking, and skiing. Other things to do in the area include exploring quaint towns, checking out museums, eating yummy cheese and maple syrup, enjoying craft brews, and more. 

Why Stop Here?

  • Cruise Highway 108
  • Moss Glen Falls Hike
  • Emily’s Covered Bridge
  • Stowe Recreation Path
  • Bingham Falls
  • Mount Mansfield
  • Cabot Cheese Store
  • Cold Hollow Cider Press
  • Smugglers’ Notch State Park
  • Stowe’s Main Street
  • Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center
  • Laughing Moon Chocolates

Where to Eat

The Backyard — In the perfect location right by Main Street, The Backyard serves up amazing drinks and delicious food. They even have some vegetarian options!

Where to Stay

Lone Pine Campsites — A lovely park that puts you right in the middle of Vermont’s incredible greenery, Lone Pine Campsites features full hookups, Wi-Fi, a pool, a playground, and plenty of fun family activities to keep everyone happy. 

Learn more about visiting Stowe here: 20 Fun Things to do in Stowe, Vermont

Lincoln, NH 

Lincoln New Hampshire

Want to put more beautiful places into your east coast RV trip itinerary? Lincoln, New Hampshire is the perfect place for you. This spot features 23 golf courses, an old-fashioned train ride (Hobo Railroad), covered bridges, beautiful mountain views, and an incredible gorge. 

This place is beautiful any time of year but is especially wonderful when the fall foliage appears. The winter activities here are pretty great as well!

Why Stop Here?

  • The Flume Gorge
  • Cannon Mountain
  • Kancamagus Highway
  • Golf Courses
  • Hobo Railroad
  • White Mountain National Forest
  • Alpine Adventures
  • Franconia Notch State Park
  • Moose Tour
  • Seven Birches Winery
  • Ice Castles
  • Ski Resorts
  • Sledventures

Where to Eat

The Common Man — This delicious eatery serves up classic American foods with its own flair. The Nantucket Pie is incredible, and the crab cakes are fantastic. We also really loved the macaroni and cheese made here. 

Where to Stay

Crazy Horse Family Campground — This super fun and family-friendly campground is found about 30 minutes from Lincoln in the town of Littleton. Guests love the engaged and helpful staff and the planned family activities. Everything is well-maintained, and the full-hookup sites ensure you’re comfortable during your stay. 

Learn more about visiting Lincoln here: 14 Best Things to do in Lincoln New Hampshire

Acadia National Park 

Acadia National Park

No east coast road trip RV itinerary is complete without a stop in Acadia National Park. Set on the Atlantic Ocean, this park boasts beautiful scenery, excellent bike paths, incredible sunsets, lovely lighthouses, and some super fun hikes. 

Our recommendation? Stay in or near Bar Harbor for easy access to all this amazing park has to offer. 

Why Stop Here?

  • Schoodic Institute and Ranger Station
  • Schoodic Point
  • Little Moose Island⁠⁠
  • Tidal Falls
  • Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Precipices Trail
  • Thunder Hole 
  • Beehive Trail
  • Sand Beach
  • Jordan Pondhouse
  • Jordan Pond Trail
  • Echo Lake Beach
  • Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
  • Wonderland Trail
  • LuLu Lobster Boat Tour

Where to Eat

The Happy Clam Shack — You can’t go to Acadia without having some seafood, and The Happy Clam Shack is the place to go for that. The lobster bisque is especially good, and you really can’t beat the experience of eating lobster!

Where to Stay

Timberland Acres RV Park — Stay just minutes from Bar Harbor and Acadia when you park your RV at Timberland Acres RV Park. This lovely park offers full hookups and plenty of amenities such as a pool, rec hall, game room, and playground, meaning you’ll have a blast even when you aren’t exploring the national park. 

Learn more about visiting Acadia National Park here: Acadia National Park Itinerary

Boston, MA

Boston Tea Part Ships and Museum

Boston is a popular destination for a reason. This beautiful historic city has a lot to offer. Whether you prefer theme park fun, historic sites, hidden Boston or just wandering the city and picking up a bite to eat, you’re sure to have a good time exploring Boston. 

Why Stop Here?

  • Freedom Trail
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Boston Common
  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Museum of Science
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts 
  • Fenway Park
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Harvard Art Museums
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • The Paul Revere House
  • Boston Harbor Islands State Park
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Adams National Historical Park

Where to Eat

Cusser’s Roast Beef and Seafood — Roast beef sandwiches and lobster rolls are the name of the game at this favorite restaurant. The roast beef sandwiches are particularly good, and their relatively low price tag makes them even more tempting!

Where to Stay

Circle CG Farm Campground — Located near Cape Cod, Boston, and Providence, this campground couldn’t be in a better location. Campers love the peaceful vibe here, and the full hookup sites, Wi-Fi, pool, mini-golf, and nature trails make this an excellent place to stay. 

If you stay here be sure to check out this post: Things To Do On Cape Cod on a Cape Cod vacation! And all of the best Cape Cod restaurants!

Another fun stop to check out when you are in this area is Nantucket! Check out this awesome 3 Day Nantucket Itinerary.

If you are going around Halloween be sure to check out these to Spooky East Coast Fall Family Getaways!

Newport, RI

Newport RI East Coast RV Trip Itinerary

Next on our list: Newport, Rhode Island. This adorable east coast town is nicknamed City by the Sea, and the name isn’t the only thing that’s charming about the place. Not only will you find plenty of gorgeous mansions and adorable shops here, but you’ll also get to take in some gorgeous scenery and wonderful attractions.

Why Stop Here?

  • Bowens Wharf
  • Ocean Drive
  • Newport Mansions
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • The Cliff Walk
  • Redwood Library and Athenaeum
  • Fort Adams State Park
  • Touro Synagogue 
  • Brenton Point State Park
  • Beaches
  • Museum of Newport History
  • National Museum of American Illustration 
  • Audrain Automobile Museum 
  • Rough Point Museum
  • Rail Explorers

Where to Eat

Corner Cafe — If breakfast is your jam, you’re going to love the amazing all-day breakfast menu at Corner Cafe. This adorable cafe does an excellent job with all your breakfast favorites. That said, they also have a pretty good selection of specialty pizzas!

Where to Stay

Timber Creek RV Resort — This resort is located about 40 minutes from town. That said, we think it’s worth the drive for the peace and quiet you receive in return. This park has an onsite store, clean restrooms with showers, a swimming pool, a playground, and sports courts. What more could you want?

Learn more about visiting Newport here: 19 Best Things to Do in Newport, RI

Mystic, CT 

Mystic CT

If we had to choose one word to describe Mystic, it would have to be “picturesque.” This seafaring town looks just like something you’d find on a postcard, and we adore it. Ships and water views aren’t hard to come by when in Mystic, and the attractions here are among the best in New England. This is especially true of the Mystic Aquarium (where you can meet beluga whales) and the Mystic Seaport Museum (where you can step back in time).

Why Stop Here?

  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Downtown Mystic
  • Mystic River Bascule Bridge 
  • Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
  • Denison Homestead
  • Barley Head Brewery
  • Mystic River Watersports
  • Bluff Point State Park
  • Seaside Shadows
  • Mystic Boat Adventures 
  • Argia Sailing Ship Tours

Where to Eat

Friar Tuck’s Tavern — Looking for a place to get a great beer and enjoy a lively atmosphere? Friar Tuck’s is the place for you. Here, you can eat classic Irish, English, and American dishes, wash it down with a craft beer, and sometimes even enjoy some live music!

Where to Stay

Hidden Acres Family Campground — Hidden Acres Family Campground is located about 30 minutes outside of Mystic. It is an absolute gem, and thanks to amenities such as a pool, fishing area, game room, and pickleball court, it is hugely popular with camping families. You’re sure to appreciate the onsite store, clean restrooms, and the option of full hookups. 

Learn more about visiting Mystic, CT here: 21 Best Things to Do in Mystic, CT

New York City, NY

New York City Times Square

Of course, you have to go into NYC on east coast RV trips. This is known as the “greatest city in the world” for a reason. The hustle and bustle of this place is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, and the fact that there are so many options of things to see and do means the whole family will be happy while there. 

If you can come in fall and explore more of the state of New York so you can see the amazing New York fall foliage.

Why Stop Here?

  • Ellis Island
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  • Central Park
  • 5th Avenue Shopping
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Times Square
  • Broadway Shows
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Wall Street and the NYSE
  • Chinatown
  • Little Italy

Where to Eat

Juliana’s Pizza — Need to get your New York pizza fix while you’re in the city? Head to Juliana’s. This place is owned by the legendary Patsy Grimaldi of Grimaldi’s Pizza, and you can definitely tell!

Where to Stay

Black Bear Campground — Okay, so technically this campground is about an hour and a half away from NYC. That said, there is very little camping right outside of the city, and this is a great pick for day tripping to see the sights. The heated pool, game room, and playground keep the kids busy, and parents are happy to have Wi-Fi and full hookups. Of course, everyone loves the opportunity to fish and the many sports courts. 

Learn more about visiting New York City here: Visiting New York City with Kids

If you are a kayaking fan check out this great post about kayaking in New York State.

Philadelphia, PA

Liberty Bell

Philadelphia might not be as big and bustling as New York City, but it is still an important stop on any east coast trip. Not only does this city have historical significance, but it also has a huge number of amazing museums and some of the best food in the country. It really must be experienced to be appreciated. 

Why Stop Here?

  • Independence Hall
  • Liberty Bell
  • President’s Mansion
  • Constitution Center
  • The Museum of the American Revolution
  • The Franklin Institute of Science
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Elfreth’s Alley

Where to Eat

Reading Terminal Market — If you love food, this place might just be a little slice of heaven for you. Here, you can check out rows upon rows of food stands and enjoy favorites such as the Philadelphia soft pretzel, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and of course, water ice. 

Where to Stay

Echo Farms RV Resort – This park is not close to Philadelphia but it can be an option if you want to stay at a park in between Philadelphia and New Jersey. The park is actually located in New Jersey.

Cape May, NJ 

Morey's Pier

Some people may argue that Atlantic City is the place to be in New Jersey, but we happen to prefer the more laid-back and less touristy vibe of Cape May. This area offers traditional boardwalk and beach fun, historic mansions, cool little museums, and one of the cutest zoos we’ve ever seen. Yep, Cape May is a pretty great spot!

Why Stop Here?

  • Cape May Beach
  • Ellen Physick Estate
  • Nature Center of Cape May
  • Willow Creek Winery & Farm
  • Cape May Point State Park
  • Harriet Tubman Museum
  • Washington Street
  • Historic Cold Spring Village
  • Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
  • Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
  • Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks
  • World War II Lookout Tower
  • Cape May County Park & Zoo

Where to Eat

Vegas Diner and Restaurant  — One thing we learned during our time in this area is that folks in New Jersey love their diners. We visited this diner on a whim and absolutely loved it! The breakfast food was wonderful, and the boston cream pie was some of the best we’ve ever had. 

Where to Stay

Ocean City Campground and Beach Cabins — A lovely campground with a beautiful pool and mini-golf course that kids just love, Ocean City Campground and Beach Cabins is a super place to stay. This park is only minutes away from all the Jersey shore has to offer, including the many Cape May attractions. 

Wilmington, DE

Wilmington DE

An absolutely beautiful city, Wilmington might be the biggest city in Delaware, but it really isn’t all that big. Nevertheless, this is a place worth visiting. Not only is it a very green place with an almost magical vibe, but there are also a whole lot of cool things to do here. These include museums, parks, and an awesome riverwalk area that you won’t want to miss. 

Why Stop Here?

  • Delaware Art Museum
  • Delaware Museum of Nature and Science
  • Alapocas Run State Park
  • Brandywine Creek State Park
  • Hagley Museum and Library
  • Brandywine Zoo
  • Bellevue State Park
  • Delaware Children’s Museum
  • DuPont Environmental Education Center
  • First State National Historical Park
  • The Grand Opera House

Where to Eat

El Diablo Burritos — A build-your-own burrito place, El Diablo Burritos serves up absolutely fantastic creations. While the concept of this local chain is very similar to Chipotle or Qdoba, we thought the food was head and shoulders above both places. Their soda fountain machine also offered an interesting selection of all-natural sodas rather than the usual stuff you find everywhere else.

Where to Stay

Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay — Want a taste of the Delaware seashore to go with your time in Wilmington? We recommend staying at Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay. This park is the definition of luxury RV resorts. People love the private beach and relaxing atmosphere, and the swim-up bar is a major bonus as well. 

Learn more about visiting Wilmington here: Top 14 Best Things to do in Wilmington, DE

Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument

Why Visit Washington DC?

  • The White House Visitor Center 
  • The White House
  • Washington Monument
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Monument
  • Thomas Jefferson Monument
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • US Mint
  • Shenandoah National Park (75 miles from Washington, but worth a visit if you have the time!)

Where to Eat

We The Pizza — There are actually a few great pizza places in D.C., but this one is probably our favorite. The name is super fun, the service is fast, and best of all, the pizza is really good. We love the crust and the swirl patterns they made with the sauce on top of the pizza made for a pretty presentation. 

Where to Stay

Greenville Farm Family Campground — A simple campground in an awesome location, Greenville Family Farm Campground is a great lodging option for anyone visiting Washington, D.C. Full-hookup sites are available, as are clean restrooms with showers. Of course, the swimming pool and playground are appreciated by kids!

Learn more about visiting Washington DC here: Washington, D.C.: 8 Monuments, 4 Kids, 5 Miles, 1 Day

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach VA

The ultimate vacation destination, Virginia Beach is the perfect place to soak up some sun by the sea. Not only can you play in the sand and splash in the waves, but the city also has a lot to offer in the way of parks, museums, gardens, and other awesome attractions. Of course, you’ll also want to make sure to drive through the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel that allows you to drive your car under the water!

Why Stop Here?

  • Beaches
  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk
  • First Landing State Park
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
  • Military Aviation Museum
  • False Cape State Park
  • Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • Mount Trashmore Park
  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark
  • Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum
  • Ferry Plantation House
  • Children’s Museum of Virginia
  • The Thoroughgood House

Where to Eat

Doc Taylor’s Restaurant — Looking for a cheap and tasty meal? Doc Taylor’s Restaurant has you covered! This yummy diner may be a hole in the wall, but they really know how to cook. They are known for their delicious Eggs Benedict, but pretty much anything from the breakfast menu is sure to please. 

Where to Stay

Holiday Trav-L-Park — Your stay at this Virginia Beach park comes with FREE beach parking! You’ll also have a lovely full-hookup site and access to amenities such as an RV wash, dog park, pool, game room, mini-golf course, and more. 

Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks NC

Obviously, you will need to make a stop in North Carolina when planning east coast RV trips. What better place to do this than a visit to the Outer Banks? The barrier islands in the Outer Banks are the perfect place to escape for a while. The lighthouses, wild horses, and natural beauty of the place can make you feel like you’ve moved to another world entirely, and we’re certain you’ll leave the place feeling rejuvenated and ready for the next stop. 

Why Stop Here?

  • Wild Horses
  • Lighthouses
  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
  • Monument to a Century of Flight
  • Sandy Run Park
  • Springer’s Point Preserve
  • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Nags Head Woods Preserve
  • The Lost Colony
  • Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

Where to Eat

Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop — Sometimes a simple sandwich is what you really want. Whenever that craving strikes, Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop in Manteo is the place for you. Their Italian sub is amazing, and the artichoke pasta salad is some of the best pasta salad out there!

Where to Stay

Frisco Woods Campground — Located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Frisco Woods Campground is the perfect place to stay when visiting Outer Banks. Here, you’ll find full-hookup, big-rig-friendly sites and amenities such as Wi-Fi, cable TV, an onsite store, a playground and pool, and more. Of course, the fact that this is a waterfront park makes it even more appealing!

Charleston, SC

Charleston SC Fountain

An adorable city with a special southern charm, Charleston is an excellent example of what South Carolina has to offer the world. The cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and pastel antebellum houses take you back to a bygone era. Tour one of those historic buildings, explore the historic forts or check out the aquarium. Whatever you do here, you’re sure to have a great time.  

Why Stop Here?

  • Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park
  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  • Angel Oak Tree
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Historic Charleston City Market
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Coyne Hall Plantation and Gardens
  • Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
  • Joe Riley Waterfront Park
  • Middleton Place
  • The Charleston Museum
  • Gibbes Museum of Art

Where to Eat

Home Team BBQ — Barbecue is a delicious treat that we like to enjoy once in a while, so when we saw Home Team BBQ right by where we happened to be at dinnertime, we had to give it a try. It was wonderful! We loved everything we tried, but the pulled pork and tots were especially yummy!

Where to Stay

Lake Aire RV Park and Campground — Located just 15 minutes from Charleston, Lake Aire RV Park, and Campground is a fantastic lodging choice. Not only is this park in a great location, but it also offers sites with full hookups, clean bathhouses, and a laundry room. Of course, the amenities such as a pool and playground are also pretty nice! 

Savannah, GA

Tybee Island GA

Like Wilmington, Savannah has an almost magical feeling to it. Like Charleston, it’s a southern city if there ever was one, and the historic charm and Spanish moss found around every corner is just wonderful. On top of all that, the city boasts a variety of excellent tours, attractions, and food stops that simply cannot be missed. Oh, and Tybee Island is the perfect spot for a beach day!

Why Stop Here?

  • Old Town Trolley Tour 
  • Savannah Belles Ferry
  • Tybee Island Segway Tour
  • Tybee Island Dolphin Tour
  • The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • Forsyth Park
  • River Street
  • Georgia State Railroad Museum
  • Girl Scout First Headquarters
  • Oatland Island Wildlife Center
  • Jepson Center
  • Savannah Children’s Museum
  • Historic Civil War Homes

Where to Eat

Maple Street Biscuit Company — Everyone knows that biscuits are a southern food, so it only makes sense that the best biscuit ever would be found in the southern city of Savannah. That’s right, we think Maple Street Biscuit Company has the best biscuits of all time, and their biscuit sandwiches are to die for. 

Where to Stay

Red Gate Campground & RV Park — A big-rig-friendly park, Red Gate Campground & RV Park is the perfect home base for anyone hoping to explore Savannah. This campground has everything you need to be comfortable, including Wi-Fi, hookups, an RV wash, a swimming pool, and more. 

Learn more about visiting Savannah here: 21 Superb Things to Do in Savannah, GA With Kids

Augustine, FL

St. Augustine FL

Another city with some incredible history behind it and a good amount of that lovely Spanish moss, St. Augustine is the final stop on our itinerary. Considering this is the oldest city in the United States, it should come as no surprise that it’s full of historic landmarks. Not only that, but the place also has a whole lot of tourist attractions that you’re sure to love. 

Why Stop Here?

  • Alligator Farm
  • Marineland Dolphin Adventure
  • The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
  • Colonial Quarter
  • Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
  • St. Augustine Beach
  • Old Town Trolley
  • Pirate Museum
  • Ghost Tours
  • History and Architecture

Where to Eat

Sunset Grille — We loved this restaurant for its location right across from St. Augustine Beach. The ocean breeze, while we ate, was amazing, and the chowder fries were absolutely delicious. 

Where to Stay

St. Augustine RV Resort — Located just off of I-95, St. Augustine is the perfect place to visit. There are other attractions that are nearby to St. Augustine, such as Daytona Beach. Large full-hookup sites are perfect for any size rig, and the Wi-Fi, cable TV, laundry room, and clean restrooms help ensure you’re comfortable during your stay. 

Learn more about visiting St. Augustine here: 17 Exciting Things to do in St. Augustine with Kids

There you have it, an awesome east coast RV trip itinerary that ensures you see all the best places the east coast has to offer. You can’t go wrong by following this plan for east coast RV trips (and giving it some of your own personal touches). What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore!

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