10 East Coast Neighborhoods That Fit Your Personality

Have you ever wondered where you should start hanging out? We’re here to help with the decision-making! Take a trip on Amtrak’s Northeast Regional line and start exploring today!

1. If you’re free-spirited, you should visit Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.

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Hell’s Kitchen encompasses the area between 34th & 59th Street, from 8th Avenue all the way west to the Hudson River in New York City. Take a stroll through the Garment District and take advantage of designer sample sales, or pop into Housing Works Thrift Shop. Admire the flowers in Clinton Community Garden and grab a beer at The Landmark Tavern.

2. If you’re a bookworm, you should visit Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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There are nine libraries and eight museums spread throughout Cambridge. Catch up on some light reading at 1369 Coffee House* in Inman Square, then hop on over to The Peabody Museum at Harvard to enhance those brain wrinkles.

*Please note that the above image is of the 1369 Coffee House’s second location, in Central Square.

3. If you’re a history buff, you should visit College Hill, Rhode Island.

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Beautiful College Hill is filled with antiquity. Take a stroll and admire the rehabilitated Victorian homes on Benefit street, and stop by the John Brown House Museum for a guided tour.

4. If you’re really into dinosaurs, you should visit Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

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Rocky Hill is awesome because it’s home to Dinosaur State Park. And Dinosaur State Park is awesome because it’s home to “one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America.” This Connecticut gem is also huge in the sports world, if that’s your thing. It was given the Sports Illustrated Sportstown Award in 2003.

5. If you’re a foodie, you should visit Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Just a hop, skip, and a tunnel away from Manhattan, Jersey City has a lot to offer — from spectacular views to super-fine waterfront dining. Plan on eating sammies for lunch at Andreas Salumeria and a big, Italian dinner at Porto Leggero. Skip dessert and head to Barcade for drinks and games, if you’re not too full.

6. If you’re an adventurous young professional, you should visit Fishtown, Philadelphia.

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Voted one of the Hottest Neighborhoods of 2013 by PhillyMag, Fishtown is the place where all the young, hip, business types are hanging out these days. Check out Pizza Brain, the pizza parlor / museum hybrid, then down a round at Frankford Hall.

7. If you’re into a luxurious lifestyle, you should visit Silo Point, Baltimore.

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When you’re visiting downtown Baltimore, you definitely need to check out Silo Point. It’s a brand-new condominium that was built on the site of an old grain elevator. Enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine at Silo.5% and grab a bite of outrageous Mexican food at Miguel’s Cocina y Cantina.

8. If you’re a pub crawler, you should visit Fell’s Point, Baltimore.

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Fell’s Point is just across the harbor from Silo Point, but offers a completely different vibe. With over 120 pubs and bars in the neighborhood, you’ll never run out of options. Established in 1775, The Horse You Came in On Saloon (aka “The Horse” to locals) holds the title of “America’s Oldest Saloon.”

9. If you’re hip, you should visit Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C.

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Penn Quarter has recently gotten a facelift, partially due to renovations in the neighborhood. Travelers can expect to see indie crowds enjoying places like the E Street Cinema, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and FRESHFARM Markets.

10. If you’re artsy, you should visit Downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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You’re really going to enjoy all the culture Downtown Bridgeport has to offer. The Bijou Theatre has recently been renovated, and almost always has something going on. The same goes for exhibits at the City Lights Gallery, as well as the Housatonic Museum of Art.

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