East Coast and Great Smokies Road Trip

East Coast and Great Smokies Road Trip

This road trip includes parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Assateague Island National Seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and more!

Assateague Island National Seashore

Recommended Number of Days: 1

Storm tossed seas, as well as gentle breezes shape Assateague Island. This barrier island is a tale of constant movement and change. Bands of wild horses freely roam amongst plants and native animals that have adapted to a life of sand, salt and wind. Special thickened leaves and odd shapes reveal the plant worlds successful struggle here. More than half of Assateague Island National Seashore's 48,000 acres is comprised of near-shore and estuarine waters, and the interplay between these waters and the barrier island affects nearly every aspect of life in this dynamic coastal environment. The geography of the island itself is in a state of constant flux, continuously being reshaped by the elemental forces of wind and water. Read More About Assateague Island National Seashore

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Recommended Number of Days: 2

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, established in June of 1934, is one of the largest protected areas in the Eastern United States. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life , the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of its wilderness sanctuary, the park attracts over nine million visitors each year. Hiking is a common activity for park visitors. Read More About Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Recommended Number of Days: 1

The Blue Ridge Parkway, sometimes called "America's Favorite Drive", is the most visited unit of America's National Park System. A drive down the Parkway provides stunning, long range vistas and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains. Read More About The Blue Ridge Parkway

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Recommended Number of Days: 2

Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. The Shenandoah River flows through the valley to the west, with Massanutten Mountain, 40 miles long, standing between the river's north and south forks. Read More About Shenandoah National Park

Summary

See these beautiful parks and more along the East Coast Smokies Road Trip. Use this self-guided route to help you plan your adventure along the east. From the smokies to coastline, there's something for everyone along this road trip.

Disclaimer

You should check ahead of time regarding potential road closures and/or construction. Please note, some of our road trips do take you along some dirt roads. Please check a map so that you can alter your route accordingly. All our road trips are designed to be helpful guides to help you build an adventure to suit your needs. We don't recommend specific mileage, nor where exactly to stay due to everyones different needs for driving mileage, etc. We recommend plotting out your route on Google Maps and using ours as guides. Then add or remove locations to build the road trip of your dreams!

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