The best luxury hotels on the US East Coast from Maine to Key West

The U.S. east coast extends about 1800 miles from picturesque Maine on the Canadian border to picturesque Latina-influenced Miami, providing a range of on-the-go experiences. No matter what type of vacation you are looking for, there are plenty of luxury hotels on this East Coast resort that will give you style.

The northern states of New England offer some of the oldest American histories, and the colors of autumn foliage are legendary. Boston has a compact historic center that can be explored by following the red brick around major landmarks. Eliot Hotel, a Condé Nast Gold List contender and one of the highest quality luxury hotels in the elegant Back Bay district of Boston, is a great base for discovering the city.

The Central Atlantic States of New Jersey and New York attract thousands of international visitors each year to explore New York's sights. Luxury hotels in New York can be found on every block and are all within easy reach of the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue stores and attractions in Central Park. Pierre stands out above the rest – literally – as he looks down at Central Park and the Mile Museum on the Upper Coast. Those looking to reduce costs but not standards should consider luxury hotels in New Jersey, just a short train ride from the Big Apple. Hotel Robert Treat offers great luxury hotel accommodation in Newark's Arts District at very reasonable prices.

South on the US East Coast is the capital, Washington DC with government buildings and attractions including the White House, the Capitol, and Lincoln Memorial. Located at the elegant end of town in Georgetown, the Four Seasons Hotel is ideal for business and leisure travelers looking for luxury downtown hotels with good amenities in the capital.

Carolina, Georgia and Florida are known for sunshine and mild winters. Popular with tourists, winter snowbirds and retirees throughout the year, sandy beaches and natural wildlife are great attractions. Families flock to Orlando theme parks before sinking to the beaches around Canaveral or Tampa to have a quiet time in the sun and surf. For those staying in Orlando, the only place to stay is Westin Grand Bohemian, one of the few luxury hotels in Orlando that treats guests as appropriate adults and provides them accordingly.

The last 100 miles or so is the US1 Overseas Highway, which jumps from island to island via canals and bridges to reach Key West, at the end of the railroad. Along the way, Little Palm Island is a great resort to stay at, just 20 miles west of Marathon Key. From the private sandy and soft sandy beaches of this luxury Florida Keys hotel, you are the closest to the Caribbean island, with no navigation.