Not only does the Mid-Atlantic/East Coast region of the United States have numerous cruise ports with luxury cruises, but there are many destinations that are luxury vacations in themselves. Virtually explore some of my favorite recommended resorts, restaurants and activities in a few cities in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Traditionally, this region includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and District of Columbia. Keep checking back as this page is continuously expanding with more cities and recommendations to visit.
Scroll down for my top suggestions of the best ways to get around when visiting the Mid-Atlantic area.
With a terrific cruise port, wonderful family activities, traditional seafood restaurants, and upscale hotels, Baltimore is a fantastic place for a vacation or a pre- or post-cruise stay.
A wonderful place to escape is Middleburg, Virginia to enjoy wine and beautiful horse country. Just outside of Washington, DC, you'll find many luxurious resorts such as the Salamander Resort & Spa.
National Harbor is a growing area located within Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia on the Potomac River. You'll find fantastic resorts, shopping, restaurants and more.
Washington D.C. is not only the home of the capital for the USA, but it's a wonderful family destination to explore the arts, amazing dining, and luxury stays.
This beautiful, historic city is always buzzing! For fabulous dining and convenience to universities, monuments, and shopping, Rittenhouse Square is where to stay.
Richmond, Virginia is located on the James River. With a growing reputation for foodies, as well as for street art, it's a fantastic place to explore.
Looking For an Easy Way to See All of the Mid-Atlantic States?
Head to the Airport
Located centrally from Baltimore MD and Washington, DC, including Northern Virginia, BWI is a convenient airport to fly internationally and throughout the United States. It offers a variety of highly ranked airlines (i.e. Southwest, JetBlue, Virgin) as well as terrific places to eat and relax. It even has an observation area (located before security) to grab a snack, let the kids play, and watch the airplanes arrive and take-off through expansive glass windows.
Take the Train
Keep in mind, you've arrived at MyVirtualVacations.net because you like upscale and convenience. I only suggest the best ways for this and my recommendation is always the Amtrak Acela. It's business class, along with one First Class car, is much faster than the average Amtrak train and provides you with more luggage and leg room. It's a smoother, more enjoyable ride to take you from Washington DC's Union Station all the way up to Boston. Stopping in Baltimore, MD (BWI Airport and Penn Station); Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia, PA; and New York, NY, it's a perfect way to get around and explore the exciting Mid-Atlantic region.
My Favorite Reasons For Taking The Train:
You'll get an amazing view! At points along your journey, you'll feel like you can just reach out and touch the water. You won't see this view in a car! If you get hungry, there is a Cafe car with an extensive menu for all times of the day. If you are in the First Class car, you'll receive meal and beverage service (including alcoholic) right at your seat. However, for shorter trips, the Cafe Acela is perfect. Plus, the train stations in the East Coast are gorgeous. With traditional American architecture, you'll feel like you've stepped back in history.
Hop in the Car
I recommend using car service to BWI, Baltimore Penn Station, cruise port or your hotel. I find the cost of parking and having to get to and from parking garages is expensive and takes excessive time. Arrange ahead of time with a car service and you'll have a driver who will personally greet you, assist with luggage, and drive roomy cars and SUV's...you'll feel like you are virtually on vacation already. Need a recommendation? Send me an email and I'm happy to help!