(Closed) Honeymoon Advice – East Coast Road Trip

posted 11 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

If you’re going to be down near Myrtle Beach definitely go to Charleston.  It’s a little further but I actually like Charleston/Isle of Palms a lot better than Myrtle Beach.  Having been to Myrtle Beach a few times it’s more touristy than I like and I like Charleston better because it is touristy but more historical and in my opinion, prettier (and Isle of Palms has nicer beaches).  I like all your other options though a lot.  We did a road trip stopping in Washington, D.C., NYC, and Boston a few years back.  One of the best things about Washington, D.C. was that a lot of the attractions are free.  Also, make sure you have plenty of time in NYC.  

Post # 4
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Virginia Beach is a big boo. The beach is pretty trashy.  If you do go to that area make sure to go to Norfolk, there are a lot of nice historical aspects to it.  On the way there you can also go to Jamestown, Williamsburg (Busch Gardens), and Yorktown. 

I feel the same about Ocean City – but I suppose it’s all personal preference.  Out of all those places I would definitely spend the most of time in NYC, and 2nd most amount of time in DC. 

Post # 5
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would disagree with Virginia Beach being trashy. I’m a local and go to the boardwalk as well as some of the less touristy beaches quite a bit and think it’s quite nice. Especially the Sandbridge area which is a little bit more off the beaten path. I’d rather be in Virginia Beach than Norfolk to be honest. In Williamsburg, there is Busch Gardens which shouldn’t be crowded at all in early May. If you go, ride the Griffon…it’s my favorite!! 

If I were going up the coast near Myrtle Beach, I’d stay on Sunset Beach. It’s a barrier “island” that’s quaint with a wide, clean beach. It’s about 30 min north of Myrtle Beach so you can still venture down there for nightlife/restaurants, etc. If you are down that way, definitely go to Calabash. They call themselves the seafood capital…and the seafood restaurants down there are great!!

The smoky mnts are not really on the east coast IMO…from where I live in eastern VA, they’re probably a 10 hour drive…:/ 

I LOVE Assateague/Chincoteague and the Eastern Shore. Tons of beautiful things to see there as well as nice quaint little towns. 

In DC if you like chili check out Ben’s Chili Bowl. It’s a famous place and is sooo delicious!! I love their half smoke and fries. It’s greasy but so worth it! I also really like the Georgetown neighborhood. 

Post # 6
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second mandb122. I live in Charleston and have been to Myrtle Beach and I definately prefer Charleston. Myrtle Beach is very touristy and honestly I think its a little trashy also. Very big spring break spot.  Charleston is prettier and the beaches are better…especially on Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms and like mandb122 said…there is a lot of history and the city itself is just beautiful.

Post # 7
4107 posts
Honey bee

would be crossing the border at all?  if so, then go to Montreal! amazing city!

Post # 8
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

All of those places are great to visit. That sounds like a really fun honeymoon. Be prepared for TONS AND TONS OF MOSQUITOS at Assateague. Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. Mosquitos are the island’s mascot, not the ponies. The area is very lovely…I would suggest visiting outside of the island to all the towns around there. Ocean city at that time of year is probably tolerable since the crowds are usually there a few weeks after. 

Perhaps visit Alexandria/Old Town when you’re in the DC area. Lots of great sights there and great food.


Post # 9
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would definitely recommend Colonial Williamsburg. It is a really nice historical area with a lot to see, farm animals, shopping, and the 2nd oldest university in the U.S.

Washington D.C. and Alexandria VA are highly recommended.

As far as beaches, I would honestly skip Virginia Beach. I go there plenty, and it’s fine for a day trip, but there are definitely better beaches nearby. I would go to the Outer Banks which is much more relaxing and about an hour and 15 min south.

Good luck planning your trip!

Post # 10
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve lived in Philadelphia and New York and I would definitely recommend that you see both cities.  They both have historic areas, nice parks, and great restaurants.  I think you need at least 2 days in Philly to see the Independence Hall, Liberty bell, Art museum, City hall, Reading terminal market, at least one cheesesteak place (I’d recommend Jim’s), and the Rittenhouse square area.  Then at least 4 days in NYC if you want to see everything like Times Square, Empire state building, Rockefeller plaza, Central park, Statue of liberty, Wall street, WTC, Moma, the MET, a performance at Lincoln center, a broadway musical, the highline, and shopping in Soho/Nolita.  Definitely a lot to explore in NYC!  Plus all of the good food…

Post # 11
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Ms.Teddy:  I’m going to agree with the fact that it’s a big spring break spot and I’ll add that it’s a big family location also, which to me isn’t super romantic.  Charleston will definitely have a lot more hotels or bed and breakfasts as well as restaurants that offer a more romantic, honeymoon type feel.  

Post # 13
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

DO IT! the first year Fiance and I started dating we went on a cruise out of miami. so we drove from charlotte, stopeed in daytona for a night and then headed to miami, on the way back we stopped in savannah! It was so much fun, just as fun as the cruise!

Atlantic City is a blast! I love myrtle beach but im partial, being from charlotte its only 3 or so hours from me so i spent many summers there. some people might consider it trash but it has a special place in my heart. haha

If you can make it far enough south i would HIGHLY recommend stopping in Charlston, SC! Beautiful city with beaches nearby, full of history and oh so romantic! be sure to take a ghost tour ๐Ÿ˜‰ (i got engaged there!) 

Savannah Ga too very pretty.

We have a theme park here in Charlotte called Carowinds. Very fun, but i say hit up disney if you can afford to.

Post # 14
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would substitute Hilton Head for Myrtle Beach, skip Virginia Beach entirely, and go to Pigeon Ford not Gatlinburg. Also, with the Smokies make sure you go into the park and don’t just hang out in town!


Some places to add: Asheville, NC; Colonial Williamsburg, VA; and Savannah, GA.

Post # 15
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I haven’t been to Myrtle Beach, but Charleston is amazing.

I’m in the Va beach area and am quite offended by our beaches being called “Trashy.” I surf so I practically live on our beaches and I’ve NEVER come across any kind of waste products, litter on the beach, or anything that would be considered “Trashy.” What we do have is a TON of dolphins that surf with us or can be viewed from hotels. Norfolk… is just… boring. There’s nothing really there, it’s got a few very dangerous spots, and I would never tell a tourist to go scope it out.

I would however rec. that in place of Va Beach you stop in the Outer Banks instead.  Avon and Rodanthe are my favorite cities down there but anywhere out there is amazing. That’s where we Va Beach “locals” go for romantic trips, lol. Friends on mine rented a beach house and honeymooned there and LOVED it… even though it’s a place we go every other weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

Williamsburg is very quaint and full of old world charm. The “Historic Triangle” also includes the first settlements in Jamestown. So if you like history at all, it’s great… but unless you want history AND a day at Busch Gardens (consistently America’s most beautiful theme park ๐Ÿ™‚ williamsburg is a day trip.

Wallops is probably a partial day kind of thing, so I would probably plan on doing that as you pass through… there is NOTHING on the Eastern Shore around there. I’ve been to small Texas towns with more to do than parts of the Eastern Shore ๐Ÿ™‚

Ocean City and Atlantic City – to me, they are about the same… one just has casino’s ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom is from the Jersey Shore so I’ve spent a LOT of time in that area. As an aside, every time I’ve been to the beach there, there’s been a shark, medical glove, NEEDLE, or some other kind of thing.. but it’s been a few years since I’ve been there. 

One thing to consider, is that in mid to late May… water temps from at least NC to VA are still fairly cold. The air is usually warm but the water is still pretty icy. I usually don’t shed my wetsuit until June…. just something to consider if you want to get IN the water.

 ETA: Something that I would rec on the east coast is white water rafting. The chatooga river is a blast!



Post # 16
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wilmington, NC!! Not just because I’m from the area either, lol.  Its just such a beautiful place, with lots of adorable small towns on the outskirts.

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