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| hi hi h ihi hi hi hola..................regionmaptext=| regionmapsize=350px | region1name=[[Delaware]]| region1color=#e25c5c| region1items=| region1description=The heart of the Mid-Atlantic beach tradition (mmm boardwalk fries...) and the less pleasant Mid-Atlantic toll plaza tradition| region2name=[[Maryland]]| region2color=#a8ae41| region2items=| region2description=Most notable for the world treasure that is the Chesapeake Bay, its port cities, such as [[Baltimore]], and its fantastic crab feasts| region3name=[[New York (state)|New York]]| region3color=#d09440| region3items=| region3description=A big state home to arguably the world's greatest city, enormous park lands and mountains to the north, and the Great Lakes and beautiful [[Finger Lakes]] regions to the west| region4name=[[New Jersey]]| region4color=#678888| region4items=| region4description=The nation's most densely populated state, home to much of the [[New York City]] and [[Philadelphia]] metropolitan areas, as well as miles of white sandy beaches which have been a popular tourist destination since the 1950s| region5name=[[Pennsylvania]]| region5color=#8a84a3| region5items=| region5description=Large, mostly rural, and beautiful, Pennsylvania is home to two of America's greatest cities, a large Amish population, and a wealth of important historical sites}}
As with the majority of the United States, all official signs in the Mid-Atlantic are in English and travelers speaking English should have little difficulty communicating there their needs wherever they go. [[Spanish phrasebook|Spanish]] is widely spoken, mostly by immigrants from [[Latin America]] and their families, although the language is also taught poorly to the majority of the native-born population.
Because these five states lie on the East Coast, they were the initial point of entry for most English-speaking immigrants and as such, have retained a much greater degree of diversity in terms of regional accents than the rest of the country (accents tended to converge as settlers went west). While you are likely to just encounter General American Pronunciation pretty much wherever you go, you may be treated to a New Yorker accent in [[Brooklyn]], [[Long Island]], or northern [[New Jersey]]; Bawlmorese in [[Baltimore]], the baffling -to-linguists [[Pittsburgh|Picksburg]] accent that just keeps diverging ever farther from surrounding accents, a [[Philadelphia/South Philly|South Philly]] accent, or southern accents on [[Maryland]]'s [[Eastern Shore (Maryland)|Eastern Shore]]. You can even find 17th century [[England|English]] accents if you look for them among the isolated island communities of the [[Chesapeake Bay]]!
===By bus===
Greyhound[] is unfortunately the main intercity bus operator, unfortunately because it is an inefficient and expensive way of getting around. Fortunately it is seeing low-cost competition from a peculiar set of '''Chinatown bus''' routes. These no frills point A to point B services arose organically from the needs of Chinese-Americans to visit their relatives in the various Chinatowns across the region. The service caught on when the general public realized they could travel round trip from D.C. to New York for $30. There is no central internet site for these services, so you are best off doing a general internet search. Be aware that the Chinatown buses do occasionally terminate and originate in unsavory urban neighborhoods.
A new wave in intercity coach transportation is large corporations trying to emulate Chinatown buses but with better services. Megabus [] was the first to embrace the new business model, offering heavily discounted fares from its New York hub to Boston, Toronto, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlantic City and Washington. Bolt Bus [] is a division of Greyhound but is significantly cheaper and more comfortable than their regular services, they provide newer coaches wit more legroom, electric sockets at every seat and free wireless internet. Bolt Bus provides journeys within the northeast corridor, almost identical to Megabus. Ne-On [] is also a division of Greyhound and operates between New York City and Toronto, via Buffalo, their on-board services match those of Bolt Bus.
===By train===
Much of the Mid-Atlantic is afflicted by so much suburban sprawl that there isn't much to do other than go to the movies. But peer a bit further into the region, and there are magnificent outdoor opportunities in the west and north. For hikers, the [[Appalachian Trail|longest trail in the world]] runs from [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] to [[Maine]], passing through [[Maryland]], [[Pennsylvania]], and [[New York (state)|New York]]. Pennsylvania between [[Pittsburgh]] and [[Philadelphia]], is beautiful and largely wild. Drives through pastoral Amish country or hikes through thickly forested hills are a great way to get away from the huge urban centers of the region. Way up in the northern section of [[New York (state)|New York]] is the enormous [[Adirondacks|Adirondack State Park]]—the largest state park in the country, spanning an area larger than next door [[Vermont]]. Possibilities there for kayaking, boating, hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing are pretty much endless. The most popular escapes, however, are to the region's beaches in the summer, in the [[Jersey Shore]] and in [[Delaware]] and [[Ocean City(Maryland)|Ocean City, Maryland]], where you can get a good tan, go swimming, gamble in some places, and eat boardwalk fries to your heart's content.
Sporting events are another huge draw to the region, with at least one major national team in each major city for each major league. The region also hosts minor league teams, such as the '''Lehigh Valley IronPigs''', the AAA-level Philadelphia Phillies team, based in [[Allentown]]. Several tourist railroads and preservation groups offer (in season) Santa Train Rides[] and Easter Bunny Train Rides[].
As is true for much of the United States, crime is a problem in the inner cities, while city outskirts, suburbs, and the countryside are almost always quite safe. [[Washington, D.C.]], [[Philadelphia]], and [[Baltimore]] are particularly risky for travelers--they all are worth visiting, but have rough neighborhoods near many popular tourist sites—best to do your research ahead of time and avoid straying off the beaten path. [[New York City|New York]], despite what you may have seen in the movies, is actually one of the safest big cities in the country, and you may rest easy knowing that violent crime has become rare in areas frequented by tourists. The main cities of [[New Jersey]] are less of a concern, as they are not at all major travel destinations. Bear in mind, however, that [[Newark (New Jersey)|Newark]], [[Camden (New Jersey)|Camden]] and [[Trenton]] are all non-destinations ''because'' of their high levels of violent crime.
Mid-Atlantic cities all have increasing gang and drug-related crime. Gangs have moved away from cities like [[New York City]] and [[Philadelphia]] to mid-sized [[New Jersey]] and [[Pennsylvania]] cities like [[Allentown]], [[Reading (Pennsylvania)|Reading]], [[York (Pennsylvania)|York]], [[Lancaster (Pennsylvania)|Lancaster]], [[Harrisburg]], [[Chester (Pennsylvania)|Chester]], [[Camden (New Jersey)|Camden]], [[Trenton]], [[Atlantic City]], and [[Newark (New Jersey)|Newark]]. Just be sure to know what neighborhood you're in and be cautious of suspicious activity.
The climate in the Mid-Atlantic part of the United States is not as extreme as in some other parts of the country, but does present perils depending on the time of year. Wintertime can bring ice and snow to inland areas, but only for short periods of time. Summers often are quite humid and steamy, especially in and around the [[Washington, D.C.]] area. Fall can bring the occasional hurricane or tropical storm, but these are rare and plenty of advance notice is given.
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