10 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

10 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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10 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Orlando
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Key Largo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
5
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and then laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

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Birmingham to Orlando is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Birmingham in September, Orlando is a bit warmer at night with lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks

1
night
Key Largo

Key Largo ©
The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Spiegel Grove, then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Key Largo tour planning tool .

You can drive from Orlando to Key Largo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in September, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Spiegel Grove ©
Spiegel Grove
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, get advice or help at Pigeon Key Foundation, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marathon trip planner .

You can drive from Key Largo to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Marathon, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Pigeon Key Foundation ©
Pigeon Key Foundation

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Key West trip maker app .

Take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Key West, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Key West Cemetery ©
Key West Cemetery

2
nights
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New York City tour builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Key West in September, expect New York City to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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 ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then examine the collection at The National Archives Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Washington DC route planner.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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