Mid-Atlantic States

Mid-Atlantic States is a geographical region of the United States of America. It includes states Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.



New York
New Jersey

While American capital of Washington D.C. is not the largest city in US, it is certainly one of the most interesting travel destinations.



Atlantic City - the "Las Vegas of the East", known for its casinos
Baltimore - large port city near Washington D.C.
Buffalo - largest city in upper New York State and gateway to Niagara Falls.
New York City - the largest city in the United States in terms of population, financial and economic capital, cultural center.
Philadelphia - the ancient capital of the USA, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed.
Pittsburgh - industrial center and river port.
Washington, D.C. - Capital of the USA and the only city of the federal district.



The most important sights in the region include the world-famous Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island off New York and Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the US Declaration of Independence was accepted on July 4, 1776. Both are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. In addition, there are numerous other sights in the metropolises of New York and Philadelphia thanks to their historical significance. In Washington DC, of course, there are the well-known symbols of American state power to marvel at. In addition, the capital has a very high concentration of museums, galleries and memorials.

Other historically significant sites include the National Historical Park on the site of the Battle of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War, the Fort Stanwix National Monument, the historic Fort McHenry off Baltimore which played an important role in the British-American War of 1812 which was designated a National Historical Park Site of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Fort Delaware near Delaware City or St. Francis Xavier (Old Bohemia) Church in Warwick MD.

Special natural sights are above all the Niagara Falls on the American-Canadian border, the Thousand Islands at the transition from Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence River, the Pine Creek Gorge (the "Grand Canyon" of Pennsylvania), the Allegheny National Forest at the transition from Pennsylvania and New York, the dune island Assateague Island off the coast of Maryland, which is protected as a biosphere reserve, and Fire Island off New York.


Getting here

By plane
The most important destinations for direct flights from Europe are the two New York airports JFK and Newark, Washington-Dulles and Philadelphia. Other major airports in the region, but of more national importance, are New York-LaGuardia, Baltimore-Washington, Washington-Reagan, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.

By train
From the Midwest, travel to the region by long-distance Amtrak Lake Shore Limited (Chicago-Albany-New York), Capitol Limited (Chicago-Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Washington), or Cardinal (Chicago-Indianapolis-Washington-New York) trains . From Chicago to Pittsburgh, for example, it takes around 9½ hours, to Washington 17½ hours.

From the southern states there are the Crescent (New Orleans-Atlanta-Washington-New York), Silver Service and Palmetto (Savannah GA-Washington-New York), Carolinian (Charlotte NC-Washington-New York) and Northeast Regional (Norfolk or Newport News VA-Washington-New York-Boston). For example, it takes 4½ hours from Norfolk to Washington and a good 8 hours from Charlotte.

From the New England states, the Acela Express and Northeast Regional (Boston-New York-Washington), Vermonter (St. Albans VT-Springfield MA-New York-Washington) and the Ethan Allen Express (Rutland VT-Albany-New York) lead to the middle Atlantic coast. The journey from Boston to New York takes about 3½ hours by bullet train, to Philadelphia about five hours.

From Canada, you can take the Adirondack from Montréal to Albany and New York, or take the Maple Leaf from Toronto via Buffalo. It takes 10½ hours to get from Montréal to New York and 13½ hours from Toronto.



By train
The Mid-Atlantic region has a dense public transportation network compared to other parts of the United States. The Acela Express of the Amtrak from Washington via New York to Boston, the only high-speed train in America so far, should be emphasized here. In terms of comfort and speed, it can be compared well with long-distance trains in Europe. However, it is also very expensive (e.g. a one-way trip between New York and Washington normally costs over $280, but with saver fares this can go down to $124 if you book early). On the same route there is the slightly slower Northeast Regional with more stops along the way.

The Keystone Line connects New York and Philadelphia to Harrisburg several times daily. The Pennsylvanian continues to Pittsburgh once a day. There are regular trains between New York and Albany, and the Empire Service or Maple Leaf runs three times a day through Upstate New York to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

The journey time between New York and Washington is less than three hours with the Acela Express, between New York and Philadelphia 1 hour 15 minutes, between Washington and Philadelphia 1 hour 40 minutes. It takes 2½ hours from New York to Albany and 3½ hours to Harrisburg , to Buffalo about 8 hours. It takes almost 7½ hours between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

By bus
All major cities in the region can be reached by long-distance buses. The largest provider is Greyhound. So e.g. B. Express buses between New York and Washington 4 hours 20 minutes, tickets are available for $18.50 at best. The Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh route takes about 3½ hours and costs at least $17, while the New York-Buffalo route takes around eight hours and costs at least $50.