Explore some of the East Coast’s most splendid views from Maine to Georgia. Bookended by New England’s top peak, Mt. Washington, in the north and the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in the south, this route is perfect for history buffs, geology fans and wildlife lovers alike.
Total Length: 2,200 miles
States Included: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia
To plan your road trip, use our search along the route tool to find hotels on the Appalachian Trail—just enter your starting and ending points to get started.
Want suggestions for things to do and see on the way? Here are some of the most popular points of interest:
The Berkshires - MA and CT
Visitors flock to the Berkshires for their impressive cultural and historic offerings. You can take a break from your drive to get outdoors and enjoy kayaking, rafting, fishing and golf. In the winter, there are plenty of snow sports, too.
Gettysburg - PA
The site of the Civil War’s largest battle, Gettysburg National Military Park's battleground is also where Abraham Lincoln gave his famed address. Visit Gettysburg National Cemetery to see a solemn reminder of the battle's casualties. The town itself is unique for its centuries-old houses, hotels and taverns.
Skyline Drive - VA and NC
Skyline Drive packs 75 scenic overlooks into just 105 miles. That density of beauty sums up the views you can expect while driving along this 35mph speed limit scenic byway in the Blue Ridge Mountains that crosses from Virginia to North Carolina.
Asheville - NC
Asheville draws endless visitors for its arts and culture scene. The beautiful mountains don’t hurt either, nor does the stunning Biltmore Estate, the country’s largest private residence. After dark, the city stays bustling with its restaurants, cafés, and coffeehouses.
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