If you love American history, then a Miami to Boston road trip may be perfect for you. Experience history starting at the Kennedy Space Center and move back through time as you drive north up the coast while visiting points of interest, investigating cities, and exploring state and national parks. Most of the time you will be on major interstates, so you can easily move from one location to the next.
Congaree National Park
On your road trip from Miami to Boston, take a hike at Congaree National Park. It contains the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwoods in the United States. You will find many hiking options, including along a boardwalk, which makes this park accessible to almost everyone. Paddle along the 15-mile Cedar Creek Canoe Trail that runs under some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States. This is a great place to go fly-fishing.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac River and Shenandoah River. Catch a bus at the visitor center to make your way to the historic Lower Town. It was here that John Brown led a revolt in October 1859 to try to abolish slavery. Visit the museum dedicated to telling his story. Harper’s Ferry is also famous as the site where Meriwether Lewis tested his collapsible canoe, and you can learn about his life and see a replica of the frame he invented and used on his expeditions. Then, go on to view the Harper House, which was owned by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Noah Swayne. This park has over 20 miles of hiking trails, and most of them run along the river.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park is split into two parts. Start your visit at the Laboratory Complex by taking the audio tour. During the tour, you will learn how Edison refined his original phonograph into a commercially viable product, developed several motion picture devices, and invented nickel-iron-alkaline storage batteries for electric vehicles. Splurge for the guided tour of the chemistry lab. Then, look at the interpretative signage around Black Maria, one of the first silent movie film studio locations. Jump in your vehicle to make the short drive to Edison’s 29-room Queen Anne-style mansion, Glenmont, and go on the ranger-led tour of this home.
Independence National Historical Park
Covering a 20-block area, Independence National Historical Park offers visitors many things to do. You need a timed ticket to enter most of the buildings. Explore Independence Hall where you can see where George Washington was made commander in chief, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Tour Carpenter’s Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, and Christ Church. Get close to the Liberty Bell and view its crack.
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Dudley Farm Historic State Park is a working farm that is still operated by the same family who originally started it before the Civil War. Engage with people dressed in 1830-period clothing as you learn more about Florida’s farming history. Activities such as planting, harvesting, and butchering happen throughout the year, so be sure to check this park’s calendar.
Fort McAllister State Park
Fort McAllister State Park, located on the banks of the Ogeechee River, contains the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. Despite being attacked seven times by Union troops, it was not until General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” that the site finally fell under Union control. This park is also a great place to go boating on the Ogeechee River or Redbird Creek. Hike under palm trees and palmettos before settling down for a night at the campground that is located very near a swamp marsh.
Chippokes Plantation State Park
Chippokes Plantation State Park has been a working farm since 1619. As you stroll across lush pastures shaded by tall cedar trees, you may be greeted by an American Milking Devon cow. This cow comes from a rare breed that is one of the oldest in America. The cow is just one among a host of animals at this park, including donkeys, pigs, goats, chickens, and rabbits. Step into the on-site Farm and Forestry Museum to see a 1930s portable sawmill and other farming and lumber tools. Try to coincide your visit with one of the special events at this farm that is located just across a narrow waterway from Jamestown.
First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park is located where the first settlers landed in 1607. It was used by military ships during the War of 1812, and Blackbeard may have hidden out in its location. You will find your own treasures when you explore this park’s 20 miles of trails and its 1.5-mile sandy shore. This is the most visited park in Virginia, and you will want to stop to wander under the tall cypress trees and through its swamp.
Liberty State Park
The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal is a great place to start your visit to Liberty State Park. Stroll along an easy two-mile walkway to see views of the Hudson River, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. You can catch a ferry to tour Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. At the other end of this park is the Liberty Science Center, where you can see one of the largest exhibits on skyscrapers in the world. You can also learn about ecology and wildlife along with visiting their planetarium.
Kennedy Space Center
Start your visit to Kennedy Space Center by strolling through the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame. Then, you can tour the Rocket Garden and see many rockets, including Mercury-Atlas, Delta, Gemini-Titan II, and others. Other attractions that you can see include the Hubble Space Telescope Theater, Space Shuttle Atlantis, and a Mars Rover. See if you can be a successful astronaut at the simulator and experience what astronauts feel during blast-off.
Wander through the three Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia. Stop at the Jepson Center to see the artwork done by Americans in the 7,500-square-foot gallery. Then, go to the Telfair Academy to see the American and European artwork at this museum, which was the first museum in the United States founded by a woman. Finally, go to the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, which is one of the oldest slave quarters in the United States.
Bounded by the Lincoln Memorial on the west end and the United States Capitol Building on the east end, the two-mile National Mall contains 17 museums. The National Museum of American History, the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African Art are just a few you will not want to miss.
Museum of the American Revolution
Go on a chronological tour starting in the 1760s at the Museum of the American Revolution. This Philadelphia museum walks visitors through the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the final battle of the American Revolution.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty “Enlightening the World" was a gift from France to the United States. You can choose three different ticket options, with advance tickets being highly recommended. You can opt to tour the grounds and see the Statue of Liberty Museum, tour up to the pedestal, or go clear up to the crown. The only access to the island is through the official ferry operator.
When planning your road trip itinerary for Miami to Boston, don't forget to include a stop in Jacksonville, Florida. There are lots of historical venues to visit in Jacksonville, including the Kingsley Plantation, Camp Milton, and the Ribault Club. You can also see the tigers at Catty Shack Ranch, take in a show at The Florida Theatre, or stroll through the Riverside Arts Market. Consider staying at Riverfront Park & Marina, where you can go fishing, or Compass RV Resort, where you can play on the beaches. Think about using the dump station at Hanna Park or at Little Talbot Island State Park.
In addition to the Telfair Museums, you can find many other attractions to visit in Savannah, including Forsythe Park and Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace. There are plenty of other things to do in and near this charming Southern city. Spend a beach day on Tybee Island, drink at a speakeasy, or go on a ghost tour. Biltmore Gardens RV Park and Skidaway State Park make great places to camp. Dump your waste at Fort McAllister State Historic Park or at the Love's Travel Stop.
There are so many things to do in Washington, DC, that you could easily spend two weeks here. Consider touring Ford’s Theatre and the United States Capitol. Unusual things you can do in Washington, DC, include visiting the National Spy Museum and the National Bonsai Museum. Consider camping at Cherry Hill Park, where you can play miniature golf and use the dump station, or Lake Fairfax Park with its 1-acre activity pool. You can use the dump station at Cosca Regional Park in Clinton, Maryland.
It will come as no surprise that Philadelphia has quite a few historical attractions, including the Betsy Ross House and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Other things to do in this city include watching major sports teams play, strolling through Longwood Gardens, and visiting the Philadelphia Zoo. Camp for a night or two at Campus Park & Ride, which offers shuttle buses to major attractions, or Lake Nockamixon State Park, where you can enjoy water fun. Use the dump stations at Flory’s Cottages & Camping or Mills Bridge Village and Camp Resort in Ronks, Pennsylvania. This nearby community offers many Mennonite attractions to see and visit.
New York City
Keep the historical theme alive by touring the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, or Ellis Island. There are many great things to do in New York City, including seeing Central Park, surfing at the Rockaway Surf Club, or enjoying a performance at Radio City Music Hall. When visiting New York City, think about camping on Long Island at the Nickerson Beach Campground or Floyd Bennett Field. In the New York City area, you can use dump stations at Blydenburgh Park and Nickerson Beach.