Stretch out and split up the trip by parking on the scenic Cape May–Lewes Ferry (summer rates starting at $32, reservations required; 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May, N.J.; 800-643-3779) from New Jersey to Delaware.
Dover International Speedway (a.k.a. “The Monster Mile”) is the fastest one-mile racetrack in the country (1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, Del.).
Cast for flounder, striper, or drum fish or just slip a quarter into some stand-up binoculars on the twenty-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel ($12 each way; Virginia Beach, Va.) for panoramic views of the U.S.’s largest estuary.
Who doesn’t like a good shipwreck tale? “Abandon Ship: Stories of Survival” is the latest exhibit at the ever-changing Mariners’ Museum ($12; 100 Museum Dr., Newport News, Va.).
The several-hundred-acre family-owned Morris Farm Market (3790 Caratoke Hwy., Barco, N.C.) is the source for tractor-churned ice cream, produce, and jars of its famous black-bean salsa ($5.99).
Grave Digger, one of America’s most famous monster trucks, revs right off Highway 158 (Digger’s Dungeon, 5650 Caratoke Hwy., Poplar Branch, N.C.).
Beyond making beer, Weeping Radish Brewery (6810 Caratoke Hwy., Grandy, N.C.) is an ecofarm and butchery with roving goats in the yard and stick-to-your-ribs beef and potatoes in the pub.
Throw down your bags and change into your swimsuit at Watermen’s Retreat (condos from $200 a night, three-night minimum; 25682 North Carolina 12, Waves, N.C.; 252-987-6060), situated on the bustling waterfront strip.