Top 5 Unforgettable US East Coast Road Trip Destinations

2.) Great Smoky Mountains

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This famous East Coast road trip is taken via the Blue Ridge Parkway, which also happens to connect this tranquil part of North Carolina with the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is definitely one of North America’s most spectacular drives. Each year, more people drive along its windy roads than visit the Grand Canyon.

Being an exceptionally beautiful park with a rich ecosystem, the Great Smoky Mountains were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Whether you’re hiking, driving or simply stopping at a lookout point, there’s no scenic route quite like this one. You’ll definitely want to ensure someone has a camera on hand.

How do you feel about seeing an elk in the wild (they were released into the park in 2001) or hearing the sounds of mountain rivers? If the mere thought of it makes you giggle in excitement, then get ready to jump in your car and embark on an East Coast road trip that will leave you with countless stories to tell.