Taking a Miami to New York road trip will give you a chance to see some of the best sights along the Eastern Seaboard. Between the Magic City and the Big Apple, multiple excellent national and state parks abound. You’ll also be able to stop by some notable points of interest and pass through some important cities as you travel north on Interstate 95. If you’ve packed your bags and gassed up your camper, then it’s time to hit the open road and begin your road trip from Miami to New York.
Biscayne National Park
Before you leave the Miami area, you’ll be able to visit Biscayne National Park. If you enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling, you’re in for a treat at this national park on Biscayne Bay. Fishing and boating are also popular here since most of the park’s 172,000 acres are in the Bay itself. Those in search of a good walk can still take advantage of the dozen or so miles of trails that take you along beaches, boardwalks, and islands.
Everglades National Park
Another great national park you can stop by before leaving the Miami area is Everglades National Park. This park features a million and a half acres of mangroves, marshes and pine Flatwoods. Numerous species of various levels of endangerment call this park home as crocodiles, panthers, manatees and other types of Floridian fauna abound in Everglades National Park. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll on a wheelchair-accessible trail or ride your bike on the 15-mile Shark Valley Bike Loop, you’ll be able to explore this fascinating national park to your heart’s content.
Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park is not too far outside of Columbia, South Carolina. It exists largely thanks to the hard work of preservationists who wanted to safeguard its old-growth forest full of large and, in some cases, ancient trees. You can go boating on the Congaree River, walk on multiple relatively flat trails, and bird-watch in the forest. Once you’re finished exploring Congaree National Park, you can take the short drive to Columbia for some excellent food and drink.
Shenandoah National Park
Before you reach the nation’s capital, you’ll want to stop and explore Shenandoah National Park. Three hundred square miles of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are home to numerous peaks, forests, waterfalls, plants, and animals. You can take a scenic ride down Skyline Drive, hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail and explore many trails within the park itself. RV-friendly campgrounds are available inside and outside the park, so you’ll have plenty of great camping options for your stay at Shenandoah National Park.
Independence National Historical Park
While you don’t actually drive through Philadelphia on a Miami to New York RV road trip, you do pass close by on the New Jersey Turnpike. You can easily cross the Delaware River into Philly and visit Independence National Historical Park. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, and other locations are all close together at this national historical park. You can also tour places like the National Constitution Center, the Museum of the American Revolution, and Washington Square.
Anastasia State Park
Not too far from Jacksonville is Anastasia State Park. Located across the Matanzas River from St. Augustine, Anastasia State Park is at the northeastern tip of Anastasia Island. The lovely beaches are suitable for swimming, surfing, fishing, and other similar activities. Birding, boating, and geocaching are also popular. You can even visit some old limestone quarries that the Spanish used to construct some of St. Augustine’s buildings.
Myrtle Beach State Park
Myrtle Beach State Park in South Carolina is only about an hour and a half off of your route, so you should definitely take the time to visit this classic tourist destination. You might feel that you’ve already visited some of America’s best beaches since you’ve just driven up the Florida and Georgia coasts, but Myrtle Beach has its own unique charm that must be experienced to be believed. The beach itself is perfect for swimming and surfing, and there are numerous outstanding places to eat, drink and be merry in Myrtle Beach. You can even take advantage of full-hookup camping sites within the park if you want to explore the area further.
Pocahontas State Park
Pocahontas State Park is southwest of Richmond, Virginia. There are no saltwater beaches here, but there are several lakes that are perfect for swimming, canoeing and fishing. There are also rolling hills, woodlands and trails for visitors to explore by hiking, biking or horseback riding. You can also visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and the Aquatic Recreation Center.
Patapsco Valley State Park
Just west of Baltimore is Patapsco Valley State Park. Since the park includes 32 miles of the Patapsco River, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating. Over 200 miles of trails give visitors ample places to hike, bike, ride and run. Historical sites also abound thanks to the presence of the world’s first submerged hydroelectric plant, America’s first freight railroad and some of Maryland’s first factories and mills.
Cheesequake State Park
Cheesequake State Park is close to the end of your journey since it’s almost at the New Jersey/New York border. The park itself is located in a transition zone between two ecosystems, so you can explore saltwater and freshwater marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, open fields and fishing lakes.
Daytona International Speedway
On your trip along the eastern coast of Florida, you’ll pass right by the legendary Daytona International Speedway. In addition to the Daytona 500, this popular racetrack hosts other events like the Coke Zero Sugar 400 and the Wawa 250. Whether you’re watching a race here or touring the facilities, you’ll enjoy your visit to Daytona International Speedway.
Savannah Historic District
You can’t pass this close to Savannah, Georgia, without adding it to your road trip itinerary from Miami to New York. Savannah’s Historic District is particularly known for its gorgeous historical buildings and hospitable Southern culture. Buildings like the Owens-Thomas House and the Spencer Woodbridge House have been delighting visitors for generations.
On the western side of Richmond is Maymont, a historic estate and park located on 100 acres of land. In addition to being able to tour the mansion itself, you’ll be able to visit the gardens, the arboretum, and the Robins Nature Center.
International Spy Museum
While there's certainly no shortage of attractions to visit in Washington, D.C., the International Spy Museum is so close to your route that you can slip in and out like a spy on a mission. This fascinating museum is dedicated to the ins and outs of espionage throughout time and around the world.
Empty Sky Memorial
Just before you reach the end of your road trip from Miami to New York, you may want to take a few moments to gaze at the New York City skyline from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. A meaningful place to do so is the Empty Sky Memorial in Jersey City, which pays tribute to the New Jersey residents who lost their lives on 9/11.
Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida, both by population and raw size, so there are plenty of quality campgrounds in the area. It is located on the banks of the St. Johns River and is close to the coast. Whether you want to watch some live football or play some golf, there’s a great deal to do in Jacksonville.
Richmond has been around since the 1740s, so it has an array of historical buildings and areas to visit. It also has ample dump stations and campgrounds for you to use while you’re exploring the area. Historical attractions include St. John’s Episcopal Church, Jackson Ward and Monument Avenue.
As the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia needs no introduction. As you might imagine, ample dump stations and campgrounds abound to cater to those who are visiting D.C. The Smithsonian, the White House, the United States Capitol and other iconic institutions are located here.
Baltimore is Maryland’s largest city, and it's rich in culture and sport. You’ll have no problem finding quality dump stations and campgrounds while you’re enjoying places like Fell’s Point, Mount Vernon, and Federal Hill.
Jersey City is right across the Hudson from New York City, so you may want to check out their campgrounds if you want to stay there rather than in the Big Apple. One of its most notable attractions is Liberty State Park, which includes the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.