East Coast Travel: Residents and Visitors Love These 6 Areas
Considering moving to or simply visiting the East Coast? There are plenty of wonderful options for seeing America’s eastern seaboard — it’s peppered with metropolises and business capitals, along with smaller towns and suburbs, all of which are excellent places for independent professionals and families alike. The high quality of such areas is based on a number of factors, including levels of income, retail areas, economic successes, schooling systems, and college graduation rates.
If you’re looking for a great place to live or visit along the east coast, any of these six locations would be a great place to get started!
1. Fairfax, Virginia
Forbes named this town No. 3 on its “America’s Top 25 Towns To Live Well” ranking, which used criteria such as median income, number of startups, percentage of population with bachelor’s degree or higher, and per capita numbers of restaurants, bars, and other attractions. Fairfax ranked highly on all counts, and offers a great deal of activities for all kinds of visitors. Being home to George Mason University, Fairfax offers a vibrant nightlife, as well as exciting business and education opportunities in its downtown district. Just a short drive away is George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, a National Historic Landmark.
2. Doral, Florida
With its sun-soaked climate and proximity to the luxe urban paradise of Miami, Doral (population 35,336) already has enough going for it. Add in world-class golf courses, vibrant and intelligent citizenry, and bustling entrepreneurial activity, and you’ll start wondering you haven’t already visited. Doral, located 13 miles west of Miami, ranks second on Forbes‘ list of “America’s Top 25 Towns To Live Well.” Retirees enjoy the area for its warmth and nearness to beaches, while young professionals flock here for the lively nightlife and restaurants that dot the town — not to mention all that neighboring Miami has to offer.
3. Burlington, Vermont
This idyllic Vermont town of 42,000 — many of them University of Vermont students — lies along the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. To the east are the Green Mountains, to the west, the Adirondacks — making the area a true nature lover’s paradise. When the cold weather comes, residents take it in stride by hopping upon the nearby slopes for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities. Is it any surprise that the city ranks among the healthiest in the country? Visitors are welcomed in by one of the nation’s friendliest communities — if you stay, make sure to check out the laid-back nightlife and local flavor, and appreciate all of the natural vistas this site has to offer.
4. Newton, Massachusetts
Newton also places highly on Forbes‘ list of the Top Towns to Live Well, ranking in at No. 6. Located 20 minutes west of Boston, this idyllic New England town (population 81,975) is an easy commute into Boston — one of the biggest education, entrepreneurial, and cultural hubs in the country (there’s a reason they call it “The Hub”). Newton is itself an incredible escape from city life — just proximal enough to enjoy the urban amenities, but far enough out to be a paradise in which visitors can truly appreciate the New England foliage.
5. Durham, North Carolina
Durham was rated one of the country’s best places to live by Business Week — and it’s no small pleasure for visitors, either! The city offers excellent parks, booming business, and an incredible spread of restaurants and bars — thanks, in part, to prestigious Duke University and its 14,600 students. The city also boasts high per-capita rates of libraries and museums in which visitors can keep themselves informed as well as entertained. The city also ranked impressively high — No. 4 — on Livability’s list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S., due to its overall economic and culture richness.
6. West Goshen, Pennsylvania
If you’re looking for a small-town feel that is manageably distanced from both Wilmington and Philadelphia, then an area like West Goshen may be the perfect spot to see. The hamlet’s “downtown” area, known as West Chester, is home to its own university of 13,200 students — along with vibrant, shop- and restaurant-filled streets. On top of its economic and retail centers, the area also offers a great deal in the way of calm, tree-lined residential streets, giving visitors a little taste of both the urban and suburban life in eastern Pennsylvania. Check out downtown West Chester’s website to get a taste of the cultural events that pop up from day to day in this beautiful suburban locale.