Drive Historic Route 1 for an Unforgettable East Coast Road Trip
Historic Route 1 is one of America's most interesting stretches of road.
Designated in 1926, Historic Route 1 is the oldest highway serving the East Coast. Stretching 2,450 miles from Maine to Florida, this US historic road is home to landmarks such as the Bronx Zoo, FBI headquarters, and Okefenokee Swamp. It winds through small towns and metropolises such as Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Miami. Its scenery includes swamps, trees and rolling farmland, urban centers, and breathtaking New England coastline. Along the way, you’ll encounter hundreds of lovably strange attractions.
Why not make Historic Route 1 the spot for your East Coast road trip? Stay away from the interstate, with its choking traffic and concrete and steel. Roll the windows and top down, rev your engine, and explore a piece of Americana. There’s something for everyone on Historic Route 1 — historical sights, mom-and-pop diners, classic inns and motels, and larger-than-life locals. Your adventure is totally up to you.
The road that later became Historic Route 1 started as a trail during the 1600s. Burned trees marked the way, crude bridges crossed ravines, and canoe ferries transported goods and people across wider rivers. Later, the first horse carrier service would be established in New Jersey.