The place name 'East Coast' derives from the idea that the contiguous 48 states are defined by two major coastlines, one at the western edge and one on the eastern edge. Other terms for referring to this area include the 'Eastern Seaboard' ('seaboard' being American English for coast), 'Atlantic Coast', and 'Atlantic Seaboard' (because the coastline lies along the Atlantic Ocean).The 14 states that have a shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean are, from north to south, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. In addition, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia border tidal arms of the Atlantic.
'New York' - It is sometimes forgotten that New York is a state as well as a city. A famous city at that, New York City is the urban star where visitors can enjoy the view from the Empire State Building, flex plastic in the fabulous shops of Fifth Avenue and beyond, take in a show on Broadway, get up close to fine art at MOMA and find superb food of every type and every price, everywhere from Hell’s Kitchen to Brooklyn. This is a state of colossal beauty. The Hudson Valley is a scenic sibling of New England; it shelters the Hudson River, as well as the state capital Albany, in leafy fashion. In the north-west of the state lie the Finger Lakes – 11 elongated bodies of water, hugely picturesque, with a fantastic wine region offering. Buffalo, meanwhile, is the gateway to the international icon of Niagara Falls.
'Washington' - ashington D.C. is a fascinating city for tourism – not least along the National Mall. This two-mile grassy strip plays host to some of America’s most notable landmarks: the towering obelisk of the Washington Monument; the splendid carved stone of the Lincoln Memorial; the solemn remembrance of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The National Mall also boasts the Smithsonian Institution – widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest museums – where the likes of the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History and the American Art Museum are not just fascinating but free to visit. Other attractions include Georgetown, a lovely historic district in the north-west of the city, whose redbrick houses dates to the 18th century, and U Street, an avenue of bright lights and people north of the centre, where you can find excellent restaurants and bars.
'Philadelphia' - Philadelphia rings with history – literally in the case of the Liberty Bell, one of the classic symbols of American independence now housed at the Liberty Bell Center. Founded in 1682, America’s fifth most populous city is full of attractions, from the colonial heritage of the Old City, to the bars and restaurants of South Philly – where visitors can try the city’s famous culinary invention, the Philly Cheesesteak (a long steak-and-cheese sandwich). Philadelphia sits in the south-east of the state, but has a rival to the west in Pittsburgh – which also offers an excellent restaurant scene, plus high culture in the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum (the Pop Art icon was born in Pittsburgh in 1928).
'Boston' - Boston, ‘America’s Walking City’, is a great place to experience USA city life – particularly college life thanks to its close proximity to Harvard University. Visitors can enjoy a city bike tour, grab a bite to eat at the USA’s oldest restaurant, the Union Oyster House, catch a baseball game at iconic Fenway Park (home to the Boston Red Sox), and head to Lansdowne Street for bars, nightlife and live music.