18 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

18 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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18 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
Sydney

4
days
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Kids will enjoy Walt Disney World Resort and Happily Ever After Fireworks. Step out of Orlando to go to DeLand and see Stetson Mansion, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Fri) at Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando itinerary maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Orlando is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Orlando when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

2
days
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, and finally stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, contemplate the long history of Amsterdam's Curry Mansion Inn, and then tour the water at your own pace with Fun In The Sun Key West.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Key West route planner .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Key West takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Orlando in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Key West, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

3
days
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Family-friendly places like National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Art and National Archives Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip builder tool .

You can fly from Key West to Washington DC in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in December, things will get colder in Washington DC: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomb of the Unknowns
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

5
days
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. There's lots more to do: stroll through Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip site .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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