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Atlanta to New York Road Trip Itinerary

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Atlanta to New York Road Trip Itinerary – Atlanta is known for it’s southern hospitality, diverse musical heritage and number of world records! It also has the busiest passenger airport in the United States of America the Harts-field Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which draws over 50 million people annually! This makes it a popular starting point for many great US fly drive road trips!

Whereas “the big apple” New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world, vast skyscrapers dominate the landscape, cultural neighbourhoods are many and the culinary scene is vibrant. Enroute between Atlanta and New York City you will head through Charlotte, North Carolina, Richmond Virginia, Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

How long is the drive between Atlanta & New York?

New York is 881 miles from Atlanta and takes approximately 14 hours drive without stop offs.

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Atlanta to New York Road Trip Itinerary

  1. Atlanta, Georgia 
  2. Charlotte, North Carolina
  3. Richmond, Virginia 
  4. Washington D.C
  5. Baltimore, Maryland
  6. Philadelphia, PN
  7. New York City

1. Atlanta

Atlanta is famous for its southern hospitality, musical heritage and also the birth place of the civil rights movement. Atlanta is also home to many other record breaking icons such as the worlds largest Aquarium (home to whale sharks!), the worlds largest Drive in Restaurant and many more.

Things to Do in Atlanta:

World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum which showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company, which debuted in Atlanta in 1886. Highlights include, a large Vault which contains the famous recipe, Bottle works,  Coca Cola Polar Bear and even a 4D Theatre!

Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Coca Cola Vault Secret places

Coca Cola Vault which houses the secret formula of Coca Cola. (Secret Places). Photo by: Documentary Tube.

Dive into the Georgia Aquarium

 The Georgia aquarium is the largest Aquarium in the world!It  was designed around a 6.3 million US gallon (24,000 m3) whale shark exhibit, making it the only Aquarium outside of Asia that houses the giant species! It also houses 100,000 other sea creatures in over 10 million US gallons of fresh and salt water! 

Address225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

“I Had a Dream” Of course you couldn’t visit the birthplace of the Civil rights movement without exploring a little about its history. The National Historic Parkis spread over several sights such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was baptized.

2. Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, is a beautiful city known as “the Queen City”. It perfectly marries the vibrancy of a large city with the charm of small town! It’s the birthplace of NASCAR and home to the NASCAR Hall of fame Museum.  Charlotte is also a city known for documenting post civil war history in the south, at the popular, Levine Museum of the New South. Whereas, Uptown Charlotte has a modern Commercial hub.

Charlotte Travel Guide 1 day Itinerary

Charlotte Travel Guide 1 day Itinerary

NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum:

If your into NASCAR, car racing or just curious about the sport, then this is place for you. The NASCAR Hall of Fame, is a Museum dedicated to the great legends of NASCAR & the sport as a whole.

Including Legendary drivers, crew members and even commentators. The facility is laid out over three floors and includes simulators at the end.


  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Pit Stop Competition
  • Artifacts, trophies & Memorabilia.
  • Replica Cars
  • Driving Simulators
  • High Octane Theatre

Pit Stop Competition:

The Pit Stop Competition is a real highlight for many, especially for groups. Time yourself & see how fast you can change those tires!

NASCAR hall of fame charlotte north Carolina

NASCAR hall of fame charlotte north Carolina


After a whirlwind of activity you must be hungry? Head to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Café or the Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant.

How much is it?

General Admission is $25 , seniors $22 and youth between (4-12) is $18.

Is it worth the price?

Absolutely! Although it may seem pricey you do get alot of tire screeching entertainment for your buck. For example, our family entered at 10AM and didn’t leave till 4pm!

Where is it?

400 E Martin Luther King BlvdCharlotte, NC 28202-2343

U.S. National Whitewater Center:

Are you an adventurer?  Then head down to the U.S National Whitewater Center! Here you will find the largest man made whitewater rafting river the perfect place to learn & get that adrenaline boost!

In addition, to whitewater rafting you can also try out Kayaking, Canoeing & even rock climbing.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Want more?

To find out about Charlottes best nightlife spots and annual festivals, check out: Charlotte, North Carolina in 24 Hours

3. Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia is one of the most underrated cities to visit in the USA. Despite it being the capital of Virginia, the southern charm of this city has been americas best kept secret. 

Did you know that?

  • Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy during the america civil war.
  • Edgar Allen Poe found Richmond the inspiration for many of his wildest stories!
  • Some of the first English settlers used the beautiful James River to head inland & create modern day America.

Apart from it’s history, Richmond is evolving into a college city with an up & coming culinary & arts scene.

Richmond Virginia

Richmond Virginia. Source: Sky Noir, Flickr.

Things to see in Richmond:

1. Church Hill District

Take a step back in time by heading to the Church Hill District! This is authentic Richmond,  take a walk through the historic streets to St Johns Church, where the famous “Give me liberty or death” speech was performed by Patrick Henry.

For Breakfast, grab a coffee & Croissant from Sub Rosa Bakery , their wood fired bakery will create you a tasty Croissant or pastry to start your day off right!

My family went on a memorable Food Tour in Church Hill…it was incredible! See Viator food Tour for more details. 

2. Maymont Mansion & Estate:

Maymont Mansion is a 100 acre estate, which has been transformed into a wonderland! On a tour you can wander around the grand, marble covered mansion and marvel at it’s opulence.

At the exhibit you can learn about the wealthy Richmond Family & the African american staff who worked for them.  In addition, you explore the historical gardens and they even have a baby goat & other wildlife at the farm, great for families!

Maymount Mansion & Estate family guide

Maymount Mansion & Estate. Richmond Virginia

Insider Tip: 

During the spring explore the gardens colorful flowers in full bloom!

Address: 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA 23220

Tel: (804) 358-7166

3. Edgar Allan Poe Museum

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum contains the most comprehensive list of Edgar Allan Poe artifacts & memorabilia.

Edgar Allan Poe is one of Americans most famous writers, famous for stories such as the “The Tell-tale Heart” and “The Raven”.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond Virginia 1

Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond Virginia. Source:

4. Henricus Historical Park

Become a pioneer at Henricus Historical Park, a great place for families. Henricus Historical Park recreates 17th Century life and details the Indian site of Arrohateck.

The site also offers, revolutionary War & civil war programs!

5. The Virginia Museum of History & Culture

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture, details over 400 years of american history with variety of rotating exhibits. This includes, the story of Virginia, Silver in Virginia, Confederate Memorial image collection and even a database of Virginia slave names!

Address: 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Richmond, VA 23221-0311

How to get the most out of Richmond?

I highly recommended taking a city, food or brewery tour. Check our partner Viator HERE for more details. For more on Richmond,

Check out: 24 Hours in Richmond, Virginia

4. Washington D.C

The Capital of the United States and home to many federal buildings & iconic landmarks such as the Whitehouse, Washington Monument and the capitol. In addition, Washington D.C is also home to many iconic museums, war memorials and performing-arts centres, such as the Kennedy Centre.

Insider Tip:

There are lots of parking garages close to the iconic landmarks. A good one is at 600 D St NW close to the Newseum. From there you can walk to most of the major landmarks.

Things to see in Washington D.C:

1. The Newseum

This is a really unique Museum, the idea of the museum is to capture the essence of free speech & expression.

It has a newspaper wall which contains headlines from some of the most iconic events in U.S history such as after 9/11.  Other highlights include, pieces of the Berlin wall and remains of the world trade center!

The Newseum Washington DC Road Trip

The Newseum Washington DC Road Trip

Head to Capital Grille

After making headlines, head just across the street to The Capital Grille. Here you can find an array of delicious foods: from steaks to seafood, & soups.

2. Walk down to the National Mall

Next take a stroll down the National Mall, a park which stretches a couple of miles  from the Capital Building on the East to Lincoln Memorial on the west.

3. Washington Monument – The worlds tallest obelisk! 

Check out the Washington Monument, the worlds tallest obelisk which stands at 555 feet tall!

It was built in 1888 and was the worlds tallest structure before the Eiffel tower was built in 1889. For more info see: 10 Tallest Observation Towers in the USA

Blossom Kite festival Washington D.C

Blossom Kite festival Washington D.C. See; 20 Best Kite Festivals in America: State by State Guide.

4. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Just a short walk away is the Three Soldiers a Vietnam War memorial. There is also the Memorial Wall which names the soldiers who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam war from 1959.

5. Martin Luther King Memorial

An historic place, close to the World War 2 Memorial. This wall is dedicated to late Martin Luther King. The civil rights leader who “Had a dream!”

6. The Lincoln Memorial

Take a walk up the steps to the famous gigantic statue of honest Abe Lincoln. This is an iconic place but it can get really busy during the afternoon!

Insider Tip:

Not many people know but It is possible to arrange a tour of the White House.(Public tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress. For more info see )

7. The White House

Home of the President, head to the Iconic Whitehouse. For the best view take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Insider Tip:

If your here during April, you HAVE TO VISIT THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS! These are captivating and offer fairytale beauty. For more info see:

21 Epic Flower/Garden Festivals: U.S.A

5. Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is Marylands largest city, it’s colorful, diverse and famed for it’s scenic harbor, with up market crab shacks!

Best Viewpoints in Baltimore:

1. Top of the World Observation Level

Address: 401 E Pratt St 27th floor


2. Federal Hill – FREE

Federal Hill offers arguably the best views of Inner Harbor and the Baltimore Skyline. Historically it was used during the Civil war as a lookout point. For Families, the park offers a playground and when you get hungry there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

How to get to the top of Federal Hill? 

To get to the top of Federal hill you can take the stairs or the rolling hill.

You have two options for getting to Federal Hill’s summit: stairs or rolling hill. For the  stairs, walk up the 100 stairs on the Battery Avenue side.

Things to do in Baltimore:

Head to the Inner Harbor:

Alot of Baltimore famed attractions such as the USS Constellation, the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Centre can be found at the historic inner harbor.

National Aquarium in Baltimore

(One of the best in the country, the National Aquarium houses more than 20,000 animals. Features include, an open pool with stingrays & fish, a Rainforest Replica and a gigantic shark tank!

National Aquarium Baltimore

National Aquarium Baltimore

Check out the “Blacktip Reef” exhibit, a $12.5 million area which models in the indo-pacific reef system.

This includes 20 blacktip reef sharks, 60 species of fish, zebra sharks and even a enormous sea turtle weighing 500 pounds named Calypso!

Insider Tip:

The National Aquarium can get very busy on the weekends! Your best bet is to attend on a weekday or before 11AM and after 3P.M on weekends

How much does the National Aquarium Cost?

Adult admissions costs $39.95; admission for children costs $24.95; and entry for seniors costs $34.95. It is open between 9 a.m. to 5pm but it can vary. See their website for further details website


Parking at the National Aquarium is available at nearby garages.

USS Constellation:

Baltimore has attractions such as the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation, see 15 Epic Maritime Museums: USA Navy!In addition to it’s National Aquarium which showcases thousands of marine creatures.

Other Highlights:

6. Philadelphia, PN

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city, famous for it’s rich history, tasty foods and vibrant culture! Historically, Philadelphia was the inception point for the United States of America.

philadelphia-road trip

philadelphia-road trip

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Run up those famous steps from Rocky!! 

Philadelphia is famed that Iconic scene in the Rocky movies where he runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art! This is a great area for a selfie, “Yo Adrian, we did it”.

After you get to top, be sure to head inside the Museum of Art, which is one of the best in the U.S.A. Here you will find works by Van Gogh, Picasso and many more!

There is also monuments and structures from around the world such as the 16th-century Indian temple hall, a Japanese teahouse and even a 17th-century Chinese Palace hall!

Liberty Bell Center

This is a MUST SEE attraction for all Americans! Just opposite Independence Hall, you will discover the Liberty Bell Center located in Independence National Historical Park.

Protected in Glass gazebo, this historical Bell weighs over 2000 pounds and was previously mounted on Independence Hall.

This was used to mark events of great significance such as the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Road trip

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Road trip. Source: getty Images

Independence Hall

If you want to delve deeper into the history of the USA. Check out Independence Hall. Where the Declaration of Independence & American Constitution were debated & signed!

Where to Eat?

Philadelphia is a melting pot for some epic foods such as the mouth watering Philly cheese steak!

One of best places to sample the best of Philly is at Reading Terminal Market is a Food Market which contains over 80 different food vendors! It’s the perfect place to try some local Philly foods and baked goods. In addition, to a variety of international foods such as Greek, Mexican, Indian and even Thai!

Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States (beneath the 1891 train station (a National Historic Landmark!)

Reading Terminal Market was previously included in our previous posts:

7. New York City, NY

Drive/walk over Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic places in New York City. Either drive straight over or take the subway to Downtown Brooklyn then take a walk over.

Insider Tip:

The is the perfect place to capture some iconic New York City photos, great for instagram, facebook or just good old fashioned memories!



Best Viewpoints:

  • Empire State Building
  • Rooftop Cocktails at Pod 39 – a Great Empire State Alternative!
  • Top of the Rock Viewpoint, Rockerfella Centre.

New Yorker Highlights:

    • Central Park – Give you a real feel for New York City!
    • Grand Central Terminal – A Vibrant place to visit.
    • Time Square (Busy but FREE!)
    • Ground Zero: 911 Museum – An Emotional Place
    • Bryant Park – Watch the Ice Skaters during the winter.
    • Queens (Flushing Area) – Great local foods/Cultural Hub.
    • Bronx (Arthur Avenue) – Great Italian Food (Better than little Italy!)
    • Intrepid Air & Space Museum (See the Enterprise Space Shuttle!)

Insider Tip:

Check out John Lennons Strawberry Fields at Central Park. This is where his ashes were scattered after his fatal assassination in New York City!

Where to stay in New York?

For our full list of recommended places to stay in Toronto, follow the link HERE

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