This past week, we flew to the East Coast to embark on a road trip of the five Middle Atlantic States - New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland - and Washington, DC. The trip was action-packed with stops at historical sites, museums, and scenic areas. We had a blast, but we became very tired from all the travel by the end of the trip.
The Mid-Atlantic states are small and relatively close together, making travel between them quick and easy. Our longest driving trips only took two to three hours each. Overall, the Middle Atlantic is a diverse region filled with varying landscapes, from mountains and hill-side harbors to interesting urban areas and historic memorials. The states really provide a taste of everything the East Coast has to offer in an easy-to-travel area.
The Mid-Atlantic states are also rich in history. Pennsylvania, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. all have little hidden buildings and gems from the Colonial and Antebellum eras. The historic sites of Philadelphia alone provided us with a great taste of the some of the most iconic sites associated with the founding of the United States. Plus, Philadelphia had some great historic markers celebrating the city’s fascinating LGBTQ history. Gettysburg gave us our fill of Civil War history, while the Smithsonian history museums we visited immersed us in the history of two major marginalized populations in our country.