As the New York skyscrapers fade into the distance, the open road will call your name. This 1278-mile Itinerary from New York to Miami will take you on the leisurely drive through the smaller towns, passing American culture along the way. Before you leave New York, take a half a day to uncover the sites in the ‘Big Apple’. If The statue of Liberty on Liberty Island is not on your bucket list, then it should be! Who wouldn’t want to see a 151-foot copper statue representing America’s independence? Or a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan known as the Empire state building? There is plenty to check out before hitting the road for an adventure vacation.

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1278km trip distance

21 day roadtrip

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New York To Niagara Falls

Stop 1

From New York City, head North- East for 400 miles and you will come across the fascinating Niagara Falls. The Falls are famed for both its beauty, and hydroelectric power. They are a combination of 3 massive waterfalls making the total height 167 feet.  It is one of the wonders of the world making it a must see.

Niagara Falls to Pittsburgh

Stop 2

After getting your eye full of the spectacular Niagara Falls, head 238 miles South to the City of Pittsburgh. Here, you will find America’s steepest street, possibly even in the world, Canton Avenue. For every 100 feet, there is a 37-foot elevation again. Known as ‘the hill that defeats any vehicle,’ it becomes an intriguing challenge for cyclists.

Pittsburgh to The Appalachain Mountains

Stop 3

Located just 317 miles from Pittsburgh are The Appalachian Mountains, some believe they are the oldest mountains in the world.  You will journey into the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains. Taking the skyline drive along the crest of the mountains, you will see impressive views of the wealthy landscape. There are plenty of walks, hikes and picnic spots for you to stretch your legs!

The Appalachain Mountains to Panama City Beach

Stop 4

It is quite a long drive to Panama City Beach, but well worth the journey. Once you arrive, the best way to recover is to flop onto some of the 27 miles of white sand beach. You will really feel like you’re in a different country with the turquoise waters glistening in the sun. If you’re not one to turn down a drink, Panama City Beach is renowned for its nightlife. When the sun goes down, Panama City Beach lights up with an enticing variety of Dance clubs, restaurants and more!

Panama City Beach to St Augustine

Stop 5

After Panama City Beach, jump on to interstate 10 and head East for 300 miles until you see the coastline. Here, you will discover the country’s oldest settlement, St Augustine. For all you history lovers out there, this is the place to be. Take a trip back in time by visiting the Castillo San Marcos, or simply walking along the cobblestone street where folks dress up in old-time wear.

St Augustine to Miami

Stop 6

The final leg of your road trip will take you along the turquoise colored coast, 300 miles South. Do not miss your chance to stop in Melbourne to get your unique chocolate covered potato chips! There are plenty of picturesque beaches, coastal towns and even dolphins showing off as you RV down the Coast.

Why stop here?

Final Stop

Miami will feel like you’re in 2 different worlds. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Little Havana, where on the barrier islands across the turquoise waters lies South Beach, famed for its glamorous neighborhoods and well-preserved art-deco architecture.

Why stop here? Grab a good night’s rest, and head on down to Key West! Just 110 miles South, you will cross over 40 bridges to get there!

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