East coast trip suggestions?

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  1. Ntk37

    Ntk37 Member

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    Hubby & I we’re talking about taking the pup on a family road trip next April, heading south from Boston. The kids will be 9 & 12.

    I’m thinking we can make it down to Virginia/North Carolina and back in an 8 day span. Any suggestions on cities to head to? Right now I’m thinking Boston-Philly-Shenadoah Natl Park- Raleigh- VA beach-Baltimore-Boston. I’ve never been to any of these cities outside of Baltimore, so feedback is appreciated!
  2. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Shenandoah national park is a nice park to visit for a few days. Actually just got back from staying in Big Meadows campground up there. No electricity and pay showers but lots of wildlife around just be sure to follow the rules regarding food storage. Rangers will confiscate anything left out. Big Meadows is one of the larger campgrounds in the park. Check out the many hiking trails up there in the park. Use your transmission to slow the camper down so you save your breaks. I've stayed in VA beach before but my campground was on the bay side as I wanted to kayak mainly. Many campgrounds down there, but they fill up fast so be sure to make advanced reservations.
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  3. MrsSquid

    MrsSquid Active Member

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    I wonder if you wouldn't enjoy it a little more by not going quite as far. Setting up and tearing down and driving a good hunk of the day can get a little old. I think I'd consider skipping Raleigh and taking I-64 from Skyline Drive straight over to VA Beach. That said, the Blue Ridge Pkwy is prettier in my opinion and possibly a little less traveled. Don't forget the lower speed limits on Skyline Dr and Blue Ridge Pkwy if you're using them for any length of time.

    Have fun planning and dreaming of your trip. : )
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  4. Minimalist

    Minimalist Active Member

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    We did a trip in the opposite direction 3 years ago. We had 12 days. Original plan was going up to Boston but we scratched that. Too much driving.

    We made it to a campground in NYC. On the way up and back be stayed in Douthat state park in VA in the George Washington national forrest. Very beautiful park and area.

    If you never been to Amish country I recommend that as well. Instead of camping we chose a small motel close to intercourse, pa. Yes, that was really the name of the town but no obligation.

    Philly is one of my favorite cities but never comes there.
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  5. Fshrmon

    Fshrmon Member

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    I used to live in the burbs outside of Philly. It's a great city, and there is a lot to do there. I'm just not sure of places you can camp in the city. I would totally recommend that you go check out Assateague Island and either camp there (https://www.nps.gov/asis/index.htm) or in a campground in Chincoteague (http://www.chincoteague.com/)

    This sounds like it would be a wonderful trip.
  6. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    I backpacked thru Shenandoah NP back in 2013 and I can tell you that there are plenty of black bears in there!! If you go to Amish Country in PA we stay at the Mill Bridge Village Camp Resort in Ronks, PA. Small CG and prices are decent. As for Assateague NP, I suggest you figure out now when you would be going there and make reservations soon as it fills up quickly!
  7. BillyMc

    BillyMc Well-Known Member

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    We've only camped at Gloucester Jellystone in Va. The kids 7 and 9 (then) loved it. It's on the bay with water access, close to Bush Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg with Norfolk and Virginia Beach reasonably close.
    In the mountains of NC we like the Boone area, usually go Labor Day weekend to take in the nearby annual kite festival.
  8. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I would head toward SWVa and the Mt Roger's recreation area. There are several nice campgrounds: Grindstone, Racoon Branch, Hurricane, Hungry Mother SP, Grayson Highlands, Stony Fork, Claytor Lake SP, and probably a dozen more in a 100 mile radius.
  9. lksdrinker

    lksdrinker Active Member

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    We will be doing our first (hopefully to be first of many) Thanksgiving camping trips to that Jellystone this year. Just me the wife and the kids and all the extended family can argue with each other while we're hopefully having a great day!

    We recently did the Jellystone in Elmer NJ which was about 30 minutes from Philly I believe. This was their last year as a Jellystone park and going forward they'll be part of Adventure Bound Campgrounds. I know jellystones aren't everyone's cup of tea, but the kids love them so we keep going to different ones!

    I have friends who go to the oyster fest at Chincoteague and always tell me I should look into camping there. Sounds beautiful!

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