If the sights and sounds of Broadway, Madison Square Garden and Central Park are calling you, it's time to start planning an Orlando to New York road trip. Along the way, you can stop at amazing nature spots like Congaree National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains. There are also outstanding state parks to explore, including Carolina Beach, Calvert Cliffs and Nockamixon. Horse lovers will want to stop and visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. If you enjoy being on the water, be sure to explore some of the 100 miles of paddling trails available at Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. When it's time to rest, stop in some historical cities like Savannah, Fayetteville or Baltimore.
Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park near Hopkins, South Carolina, contains the largest intact forest of hardwood bottomland trees in the Southeastern United States. When you visit, you can hike along paths surrounded by the tallest deciduous forest in the United States to the Congaree River or follow the boardwalk through the swampland. This park, which is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve, offers amazing options for birdwatching. Paddle along the Cedar Creek Canoe Trail for 15 miles to reach the Congaree River. Visitors may also go fishing within the park’s boundaries.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which extends from North Carolina to Tennessee, will be roughly five hours off your route to New York. However, this majestic destination is worth adding to your road trip from Orlando to New York. Visitors can explore this park by following the Newfound Gap Road, which provides easy access to the Appalachian Trail, the Balsam Mountain Heintooga Ridge Road to scenic picnic spots or the Clingmans Dome Road, which leads to the highest peak in the park. You can also explore many of the park’s 850 miles of hiking trails, including the Alum Cave Trail, which is the most hiked trail in the entire park. Nine mountain lakes make the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains an ideal place to go fishing. The meadows surrounding the historic buildings near Cherokee are a terrific place to watch elk grazing.
Huntington Beach State Park
At Huntington Beach State Park, near Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, you can feel the cool sea breeze against your skin while playing on the white sand beaches. A scenic stroll along the causeway offers a great chance to see the many different ecosystems at this park. Furthermore, the three-mile-long beach is perfect for watching the sunrise and going beachcombing during low tide. Go on a docent-led tour of Atalaya, with its 3,000-gallon square water tank constructed in the early 1930s.
Carolina Beach State Park
Anglers will want to stop at Carolina Beach State Park on Pleasure Island in North Carolina. Rent standup paddleboards to play at this location, or rent a kayak and explore the Cape Fear River, the estuarine waters of Myrtle Grove Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Your children will love hiking along the Carolina Beach TRACK trail, which has special activities for them to complete. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy getting a good workout along the fitness trail. Other trails at this park wind their way through various ecosystems, including longleaf pine, wiregrass savannahs and sandhill forests.
First Landing State Park
An all-African American Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-1940 constructed First Landing State Park, near Virginia Beach, Virginia. According to many historians, the first English colonists landed at this location in 1607. The 1.5-mile beach on the Chesapeake Bay is an ideal spot for a day of beach fun. Go for a swim in the bay or rent a boat and explore the nearby waters. Many head to this park to go crabbing. There are over 20 miles of hiking trails that beg for exploration. Consider joining one of the guided hikes led by a park ranger.
Calvert Cliffs State Park
Try your hand at hunting fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park near Lusby, Maryland. People have found more than 600 types of fossils in this area. After you've completed your hunt, cool off by playing on the Chesapeake Bay beach. Cyclists will want to explore the scenic service roads within this park while hikers will find 13 miles of hiking trails.
Nockamixon State Park
Stop at Nockamixon State Park near Sellersville, Pennsylvania, to go sailing on the 1,450-acre lake. You can rent various boats at the marina, including rowboats, motorboats and kayaks. This location is a favorite with many windsurfers. Anglers catch large walleye and various panfish in the lake. The half-acre main swimming pool offers waterslides and a kid’s shallow area with fountains.
Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Photographers will not want to pass up the chance to take images at Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge near Conway, South Carolina. National officials have declared the Waccamaw River a protected area for wildlife while the state has declared the Great Pee Dee River as a state scenic river, and you can go paddling on both as they converge within this park’s boundaries. Both of these rivers, along with the Black River, are ideal spots to go fishing. Go hiking on the boardwalk through flooded cypress swamps. Get your exercise by biking on the dedicated mountain biking trail. See various birds throughout this refuge, especially during migration times when it is a favorite stopover point.
New River Gorge National Park
The 70,000-acre New River Gorge National Park near Glean Jean, West Virginia, is an excellent place to explore. It contains one of the oldest rivers in North America. This park has over 1,400 climbing trails with outstanding options for all ability levels. The New River offers family-friendly kayaking, while enthusiasts will want to ride the Gauley Rivers rapids. The four mountain biking trails ranging in length from 1.5 miles to almost 7 miles are great places to ride. Explore the old mine located on this property along miles of scenic hiking trails.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
See up to 150 of the wild ponies made famous by the book "Misty of Chincoteague" at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. When you visit this protected area on Assateague Island, which includes parts in Maryland and Virginia, you can also see piper plovers and other endangered birds at this park. Visitors who hike along the refuge’s paths are often amazed at the variety of wildlife they encounter, including the Delmarva flying squirrel.
It is easy to incorporate a stop at the White House in Washington, D.C., on your Orlando to New York RV road trip. At least 21 days ahead of time, arrange to go on a White House guided tour. They are usually available on Fridays and Saturdays. You may also want to stop at the White House Visitor Center to see over 300 items from the White House. During the spring and fall, you can also tour the White House Gardens.
On your way up north through Georgia, you may want to visit Savannah's many historical sites, like Forsyth Park and Bonaventure Cemetery. It's also a great city to stop for rest. Think about checking into a Savannah campground, such as CreekFire RV Ranch or Savannah South KOA, for the night. Savannah RV dump stations are available at Savannah Oaks RV Resort and Cat Head’s Creek RV Park.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
The Airborne and Special Operations Museum and Cape Fear Botanical Garden are just a couple of attractions you may want to check out in Fayetteville. You will find terrific Fayetteville campgrounds, including Lazy Acres Campground and RVacation Campground. When it's time to clean out your RV, use the dump stations at Smith Lake Army RV Park, Lazy Acres Campground or other North Carolina locations.
Since the nation's capital offers so many fun activities to history lovers, it's a great city to add to your road trip itinerary from Orlando to New York. There's everything from the National Mall to the Lincoln Memoria. Campground options in Washington, DC, include Greenbelt and Cherry Hill. Washington D.C. RV dump stations are available at Andrews Air Force Base FamCamp, Cosca Regional Park, and other nearby Virginia and Maryland locations.
Be sure to stop and see the historic ships at the bay in Baltimore. You may also want to check out the National Aquarium, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Park and Baltimore Museum of Art. With so many fantastic choices, spend a night or two at Baltimore campgrounds, like Patapsco Valley State Park and Camp Meade RV Park. As for Baltimore RV dump stations, you'll find services available at Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina and Gunpowder State Parks.
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