11 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

11 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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11 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h
1
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Myrtle Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
5
Marathon
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
Panama City Beach

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Panama City Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

Houston to Panama City Beach is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Panama City Beach, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Houston, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Panama City Beach, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach

1
night
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, look for gifts at The Acadia Country Store, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain. On your second day here, go for a walk through Compass Harbor Trail, then cruise along Park Loop Road, then make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bar Harbor trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Panama City Beach to Bar Harbor in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Panama City Beach in July, with highs in Bar Harbor at 75°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Acadia National Park
Highlights from your plan
Park Loop Road ©
Park Loop Road
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain

1
night
Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach ©
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Myrtle Beach, experience the excitement of Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, and then shop like a local with Broadway at the Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Backstage Mirror Maze, identify plant and animal life at Alligator Adventure, then don't miss a visit to Barefoot Landing, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Myrtle Beach journey maker .

You can fly from Bar Harbor to Myrtle Beach in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bar Harbor in July, expect Myrtle Beach to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

North Myrtle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alligator Adventure ©
Alligator Adventure
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Myrtle Beach ©
Myrtle Beach

2
nights
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coligny Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Museum, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or fly. In July in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

1
day
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 18th (Thu), stroll through Sombrero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marathon trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hilton Head to Marathon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Hilton Head in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 81°F in Marathon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore and take pictures at Fort Zachary Taylor, and then brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Truman Little White House and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Key West attractions app .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

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