Trees and river in the Great Smoky Mountains

The Most Epic East Coast Road Trip Mapped Out For A Seamless Adventure

By Mina Elwell


Start your journey in Maine's Acadia National Park, where you can climb mountain ladders to reach breathtaking views of the coast and see lots of wildlife.
The park has car camping spots, so you can easily spend a night or two there. Acadia is far from the next stop, so consider taking a break in New York's Bear Mountain State Park.
Your next stop is Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, where you can see sweeping views of the woods from what feels like the top of the world and go stargazing.
Then, take a three-hour drive to West Virginia's New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Here, you can walk, view waterfalls, and even go whitewater rafting.
Next up are the Great Smoky Mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the U.S. There's lots to see here, from elk and black bears to enormous roaring waterfalls.
Make sure to drive around Newfound Gap Road to see gorgeous views from higher up in the mountains, and spend at least a day or two seeing the beautiful scenery.