12 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

12 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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12 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Charleston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilton Head
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
St. Augustine
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Key West
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Marathon
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument, then don't miss a visit to Riley Waterfront Park, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and then snap pictures at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Charleston trip builder website .

San Francisco to Charleston is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Charleston. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Charleston hover around 81°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Walking tours
Joe Riley Waterfront Park ©
Joe Riley Waterfront Park

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Coligny Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hilton Head Distillery.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hilton Head road trip planning website .

You can drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach
Hilton Head Distillery ©
Hilton Head Distillery

2
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Fort Pulaski National Monument, then enjoy the sea views from Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, then stroll the grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Forsyth Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, steep yourself in history at Olde Pink House, then steep yourself in history at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and finally stroll the grounds of Colonial Park Cemetery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Savannah using our trip planner.

Drive from Hilton Head to Savannah in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Savannah, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Olde Pink House ©
Olde Pink House
Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters ©

2
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, enjoy the sea views from St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., then kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach, and finally sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to St. George Street, then identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Flagler College.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine road trip planning site .

Drive from Savannah to St. Augustine in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in St. Augustine, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

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.
On the 11th (Sat), take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, then learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through West Martello Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Fort East Martello Museum, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally browse the different shops at Emerald's International.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Key West road trip app .

Getting from St. Augustine to Key West by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Augustine in May, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
West Martello Tower ©
West Martello Tower

2
nights
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 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge, then identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marathon online travel route planner .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daytime highs in Marathon are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

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