There is so much drama and beauty that ordinary travelers miss as they crisscross the countryside on the nation’s roadways. This series, focusing on the Eastern seaboard, connects a wide range of natural and human-made landmarks in a remarkable tapestry of history and culture.
America From Above - The East Coast
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01: New York: Hudson River to New York
This American aerial journey begins on the Hudson River about a hundred miles upstream from New York at one of the many beautiful mansions overlooking the river. Heading south we take in West Point Military Academy, Sing Sing, and Sleepy Hollow. The river then takes us down to the city that never sleeps, and perhaps the best known city in the world, New York.
02: Massachusetts: New Bedford to Provincetown
This American aerial journey begins at the old whaling harbor of New Bedford, before crossing Buzzards Bay to Martha’s Vineyard. Then it’s across to Nantucket before heading north across the sound to Cape Cod and Hyannis Port. At the end of the Cape peninsula is the old harbor of Provincetown, where the pilgrims on board the Mayflower put ashore on American soil for the first time.
03: New York: Champlain to Niagara
This American journey starts in northeast New York State at Lake Champlain, before heading west into the Adirondack Park and then turning north to Lake Placid, once home to the winter Olympics. From there it is west across the state to the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands, before following the shoreline of Lake Ontario to Rochester, before heading upstream to Niagara Falls.
04: Vermont: Montpelier to Brattleboro
This journey begins at Vermont’s State Capital, Montpelier, with its golden domed state house. From there we travel northwest to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory. We then fly to Middlebury College, founded over two centuries ago in 1800. Near the little town of Ripton is the farmstead of the world renowned poet Robert Frost, who lived and wrote in it during the summer months.
05: Maryland: Ocean City to Fort McHenry
This journey begins at the popular beach resort of Ocean City. Crossing the peninsula, we stop at the fishing town of Crisfield, nicknamed 'Crab Capital of the World'. Back across the water we find the dense marshlands of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. It's then on to St. Michaels, which after the war of independence came to be known as, 'The town that fooled the British'.
06: Delaware: Wilmington to Rehoboth
This journey begins in the north of the state at the Winterthur Museum before heading south towards Wilmington. From there we follow the river to New Castle and its historic houses. To the south is Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware, protecting the approach to the capital. Continuing south is Dover and the International Speedway Track, as well as a large U.S. Air-force base.
07: Maine: Isles of Shoals to Bath
This journey begins at the Isles of Shoals off the Maine coast before crossing to the mainland and the harbor town of Kittery. From there the journey heads northeast up the coast past small harbors and rivers to Kennebunkport and the summer home of a presidential family. Our journey ends at the nearby historic shipyard of Bath.
08: New York: Buffalo to Saratoga
From Buffalo, head to the Genesee River to take in a few waterfalls. Then head to the Finger Lakes, Ithaca, and Syracuse. Next are the Old and New Erie Canals, before arriving at Saratoga Springs.
09: New Hampshire: Portsmouth to Mount Washington
We begin in Portsmouth on the New Hampshire coast. Following the shoreline, we'll turn inland toward Exeter, one of the state's oldest towns. Then it's over New Hampshire's famed autumn foliage, on the way to one of the top race tracks in the US, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We'll visit some of the state's most impressive lakes before continuing into the vast range of the White Mountains.