I just got back from my trip to Texas, and while I love it out West, I always come home with a newfound appreciation for my neck of the woods. Things are so spread out in places like California and Texas. However, you can drive in the Mid-Atlantic and hit a major city every 2 hours.
If you plan on visiting D.C. or NYC anytime soon, I’d extend your trip by one day, grab a car, and visit somewhere that’s off the beaten path for a dining experience like no other. Every state in the Mid-Atlantic has its own distinct culture that’s worth the road trip pit stops.