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Top East Coast EV Road Trips

Top Road Trips for Electric Vehicles East Coast
Sarah Mattie

Sarah Mattie

Updated June 29, 2022
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If you want to travel the East Coast, there are many fun approaches.  You can enjoy the New England area or take a trip along the coast via the I-95 corridor. We recommend doing this during warmer seasons, as New England winters can be dangerous for those unused to them. Still, autumn can offer some great "leaf-peeping."

New England Road Trip for EVs

This route takes you in a big loop through some of New England’s most historic cities. We start in Portland, ME, hook out to the west, and return back to the coast, landing in Providence, RI. Note: The charging stations listed here may not all be available 24 hours a day. However, since this is overall a very short trip, you may only spend a day or two in each destination, meaning you may find other charging stations or can return to these as needed. 1. Portland, ME Temple Street Parking Garage 11 Temple St. Portland, ME 04101The Temple Street Parking Garage is right by an old-fashioned movie theater, Patriot Cinemas, the Portland House of Music, and a plethora of local restaurants and cafes. 2. North Conway, NH Citizens Bank 2779 White Mountain Hwy. North Conway, NH 03860While very little is within walking distance of this charging station, you can find all kinds of things nearby after a quick boost. There are several unique stores like World Magic Gifts (a purveyor of fair trade products),  Whitaker Woods (a dog-friendly park with walking and biking trails), the M&D Playhouse, and the New England Ski Museum. 3. Burlington, VT Downtown Burlington 175 Main St. Burlington, VT 05401This stop is in the middle of Burlington, so you can get to everything pretty quickly. City Hall Park is an excellent place to regroup. There are local restaurants, and, depending on when you go, many festivals and events occur within walking distance of this spot. 4. Albany, NY Times Union Parking Garage 100 Beaver St.  Albany, NY 12207 This charging station is directly across from MVP Arena, a performance and sporting events space. It's also down the road from The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, a unique performance space.5. Scranton, PA Linden Street Garage 417 Linden St.  Scranton, PA 18503If you’re a fan of The Office, this is the charging station for you! Even if you’re not a fan of the show,  there are lots of other things to do. This charging spot is near The Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center and the Ballet Theatre. The Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den and Steamtown National Historic Site are not much farther.6. Wilmington, DE Abessinio Stadium  1 St. Rocco Way Wilmington, DE 19802This charging station is in the midst of several parks, including Brandywine Park and its accompanying zoo, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and Conaty Park. 7. Wildwood, NJ Icona Diamond Beach 9701 Atlantic Ave. Wildwood, NJ 08260This charging spot is located near a long row of hotels on the Wildwood Crest Beach on the Atlantic Ocean. This one was chosen for its proximity to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, though chances are you can find other EV stations nearby.  8. Mystic, CT Mystic Aquarium 55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT 06355Mystic Aquarium has the largest outdoor habitat for beluga whales in the United States. So, if marine life is your thing, this is the place to be! And you can't get better parking than right outside of it. 9. Salem, MA Museum Place Garage 1 New Liberty St. Salem, MA 01970Salem is walkable. Whatever witchy or historic site you want to visit, you’re likely a short walk away from this charging station. Within a block or so alone, you can find the International Monster Museum, the Essex Institute Historic District, and the meeting spot for Hocus Pocus Tours.10. Providence, RI Biltmore Garage 51 Washington St. Providence, RI 02903This charging station is in downtown Providence, meaning there’s no shortage of unique dining and entertainment options. Stop by the supposedly haunted Biltmore (now called the Graduate Providence), take a short walk across the river to the RISD Museum, or work your way out of The Great Escape Room Providence, voted the #1 escape room in America.

I-95 Road Trip for EVs

The I-95 corridor is a popular route for a road trip. You get to see the beauty of the entire east coast, starting from Scarborough, ME and ending up in sunny Deerfield Beach, FL. You can also take this route starting in Florida and make your way up to Maine.There are hundreds of stations between the two states, meaning there plenty of opportunities to take detours along the way to explore other towns and sites.1. Scarborough, ME Walmart 1788 500 Gallery Blvd. Scarborough, METhe trip down I-95 begins with a charging station near a Walmart and Sam’s Club so you can stock up for your journey. If you’re eager to get a view of the coast, take about a 20-minute drive to Scarborough Beach State Park. From there, you’re just about a mile from Prouts Neck Bird Sanctuary. 2. West Haven, CT Yale West Campus 800 West Campus Dr. West Haven, CTYou can recharge on this Ivy League campus before heading out on the next leg of your trip. But you may want to consider stopping at the nearby PEZ Visitor Center (yes, like the candy!) before you go. 3. Bronx, NY Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10460This parking spot is right outside the Bronx Zoo, which has animals from all over the world in one walkable location. If you head a bit farther north, you can make it to the New York Botanical Garden.If you plan to spend some real time in NYC, you may want to investigate hotels with charging stations. There are myriad sites, events, activities, and dining options in the city. Create an itinerary beforehand so you can make the most of your time in the Big Apple.  4. Baltimore, MD Museum of Industry 1415 Key Hwy. Baltimore, MD 21230This charging spot is located right outside the Baltimore Museum of Industry, which tells the stories of how Baltimore contributed to the Industrial Revolution. Other Baltimore attractions you may want to check out include the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, Oriole Park, Top of the World Observation Deck, and the National Aquarium. 5. Emporia, VA Walmart 2805 303 Market Dr. Emporia, VA 28347This charging spot is located near several hotels just down the road, so could be a good overnight stopping point. Located in the quiet city of Emporia, there aren’t too many touristy things to do. You may enjoy the slower, rural setting though, having driven over 700 miles by this point. 6. Lumberton, NC Walmart 1155 5070 Fayetteville Road Lumberton, NC 28358This Lumberton charging station is also near many hotels for you to take a night's rest at. If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors, check out Luther Britt Park, a 142-acre outdoor space with two lakes, picnic areas, and playgrounds.  7. Florence, SC Walmart 630 230 N Beltline Dr. Florence, SC 29501This fast-charging Electrify America station is a good one for a quick stop, but it's worth noting this Walmart has an auto care center attached if you need to get something basic looked at. You’re also about a five-minute drive from the Florence Rail Trail, where you can take an enchanting walk through the North Carolina woods.8. Pooler, GA Tanger Outlets 200 Tanger Outlet Blvd. Pooler, GA 31322This Tanger Outlets charging location is more than just a shopping center. It's also home to the Children's Museum of Pooler and is only a few miles up the road from the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force9. Daytona Beach, FL Tanger Outlets 1100 Cornerstone Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32117As you can probably tell, Tanger Outlets is a chain of shopping centers. The one in Daytona Beach is within a few miles of the Daytona International Speedway, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Ormond Beach. There are also many wildlife areas and state parks nearby.10. Deerfield Beach, FL Target T1337 1200 S Federal Hwy Deerfield Beach, FL 33441This could be a place to recharge while you make your final decision. West toward the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area? East to Deerfield Beach Island? Or a bit farther south to party in Fort Lauderdale? The choice is yours!

Road Tripping the East Coast in an EV

With all of the historic, artistic, and natural attractions to experience along the East Coast, you could take a road trip that lasted months–even years! But, you have to start somewhere, which is why we aimed to cover some of the East Coast’s most iconic cities and stops in the routes laid out above. The beauty of taking a road trip is the freedom to choose detours and make spontaneous stops, which we’d encourage you to do as you explore some of our nation’s most historic and culture-rich cities.If you’re looking for more ways to get the most out of your car, you might consider auto loan refinancing. By refinancing your current loan, you could potentially get a new loan with better rates and terms, meaning a lower monthly payment. With Lantern, you can compare car loan refinancing rates in minutes, without affecting your credit score.* See how much you could potentially save today.Ready for more adventures on the open road? Check out our guides for top EV road trips in other parts of the country:
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Sarah Mattie

Sarah Mattie

Sarah Mattie is a researcher and writer with an education background. She's passionate about teaching others about financial issues and has written extensively for a variety of degree sites and financial institutions. Her writing covers credit cards, lending products, and paying for college, among other economic topics.
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