We will be in Baltimore for a conference in mid November 2014. We are thinking of touring around for 2-3 weeks (ie. from mid October) beforehand. We are planing to fly in and out of Baltimore but can be flexible about this. We have not been to the east coast of the US before. We certainly would like to go to Washington and New York, and were also think of driving a "loop" going inland west of Baltimore, then south, and east again to travel back up the coast to Baltimore to take in some of the natural areas and historic sites. we also will have no time to see Baltimore during the conference. Can someone please provide a little guidance as to how we should allocate our time? We would not plan to travel north of New York because we will probably come back to the US in a couple of years to see that area, besides it will be getting a little cold and the leaves will be gone from the trees by late October.
Sorry if this is a bit vague.
To provide some idea of our "likes" ,a couple of years ago we drove from Nebaska to Seattle via lots of small towns and historic/natural sites (not via the interstate unless we could not avoid it) and had a great time taking in the feel of the small towns interspersed with the occasional tourist feature, as well as the attractions of Seattle, including the "underground" Seattle tour. We are happy and would like to do some of our travelling by train if possible.
Thanks very much