The north-eastern part of the US is rich in attractions and places to visit. You can always use gambling apps for real money if you can’t make it to the casinos of Atlantic City, or you want to check out the gorgeous natural beauty of New England or the bustling 24-hour excitement of New York City. There’s so much to do that any guide can only hope to skim the surface. Nevertheless, here are a few of the absolute must-see places should you find yourself in that part of the country any time soon.
Most famous for the National Seashore – 40 miles of sandy beaches that have been declared a national park – Cape Cod is perhaps best explored by taking the 22-mile Cape Cod Trail. Also known as the Old Colony Railroad Corridor, this is one of the best biking trails in New England, but it’s also suitable for walking, horse riding or even rollerblading as it’s paved throughout. Explore the local flora and fauna, and stop off at beauty spots and beaches, including Nauset Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, and Race Point and Herring Cove in Provincetown.
Provincetown is home to the 252-feet-high Pilgrim Monument, commissioned in 1907 to commemorate the landing of the Mayflower and the arrival of the first pilgrims in the New World. There’s also the Provincetown Museum. Be sure to go whale watching on one of the organized boat trips from April to October, or get the ferry out to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island for more gorgeous beaches, historic towns and museums.
Enjoy the free beaches along the New Jersey shoreline or walk the famous boardwalk, named after its inventor Alexander Boardman, who designed this legendary coastal walkway back in 1870. Today, it’s thronged with souvenir shops, attractions and places to eat, and leads to both the Steel Pier and the Central Pier with their amusement parks and carnival rides. The Playground Pier is also recommended for upscale shopping, dining and nightlife.
Of course, Atlantic City is known for its casinos, with the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa perhaps the most luxurious, just two miles from the boardwalk and close to Steel Pier. As well as a full range of table games and slots, you can enjoy world-class restaurants. Caesars, the Hard Rock, Ocean Resort and Harrah’s are among the other luxury casinos in the city, but you can also visit the IMAX Theatre at the Tropicana, the Atlantic City Aquarium, or the 171-feet-high Absecon Lighthouse.
New York City
What can we say about the city that never sleeps? Breaking the Big Apple down into bite-sized chunks isn’t easy, but a bus tour is a great way to take in this sprawling metropolis if it’s your first time there. Obviously, you’ll want to go up the Empire State Building and see the Statue of Liberty, but one of the best views over the city is from the top of the Rock Observatory on the peak of Rockefeller Plaza.
New York is the absolute best for museums, including the world-renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (The Met) on 5th Avenue, and the nearby Guggenheim Museum. Don’t forget the American Museum of Natural History or the 9/11 Memorial & Museum either. When you need some fresh air, take a walk or a buggy ride through Central Park, visit Times Square, look at the Brooklyn Bridge, or catch a game at Yankee Stadium. For the very best in live music, visit Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall.
The National Mall must be America’s most celebrated park, its 1,000+ acres stretching from the US Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King made his famous “I have a dream” speech. King’s own memorial is a half-mile further on. At the center of the mall is the Washington Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is an emotional visit for many.
If you’re looking for fun nightlife, check out The Anthem, a new purpose-built concert venue from the team behind the legendary 9.30 Club. It’s located in The Wharf, DC’s recent waterfront development complex. You should also pay a visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl for one of its trademark half-smokes – the half-beef, half-pork chili dog that every visitor to DC has to experience.
As we said, this really does just scratch the surface of the attractions on offer in the north east. This is such a vibrant and varied area of the US that truly does have something for everyone. Take your time and explore – you never know what you might find.