13 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

13 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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13 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Sanibel Island
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Naples
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h
4
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Marathon
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
St. Augustine
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Paul's Chapel. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, make a trip to Empire State Building, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online driving holiday planner .

Minneapolis to New York City is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to New York City is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in December; daily highs in New York City reach 48°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in New York City

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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1
day
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island route planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Sanibel Island in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Sanibel Island hover around 80°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Naples.

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Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

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Naples

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): wander the streets of Fifth Avenue South, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Naples Botanical Garden, and then take in the waterfront at Naples Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples route planner.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Naples in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Naples are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Naples

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Marco Island
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Naples Botanical Garden ©
Naples Botanical Garden
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: cruise along The Overseas Highway, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, and learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Key West route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Naples to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Naples in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Key West, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Marathon.

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The Overseas Highway ©
The Overseas Highway
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park, then snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marathon online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Seven Mile Bridge ©
Seven Mile Bridge
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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night
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 6th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery, examine the collection at Lightner Museum, then get engrossed in the history at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., and finally explore and take pictures at Flagler College. Keep things going the next day: stroll through St. Augustine Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and then don't miss a visit to St. George Street.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Marathon to St. Augustine by combination of shuttle, flight, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marathon in January; daily highs in St. Augustine reach 65°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Flagler College ©
Flagler College
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©

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