16 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

16 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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16 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + bus:  22​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Newport
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Savannah
— 1 night
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:  26​h
End: Auckland

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at New York Public Library and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and New York City Hall. There's much more to do: make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, go for a walk through Central Park, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New York City holiday planning app .

Auckland, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to New York City is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Auckland in October, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, admire the landmark architecture of The Elms, then take a memorable drive along Ocean Drive Historic District, and finally view the masterpieces at Thames Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): examine the collection at Rosecliff, admire the striking features of Marble House, then see the interesting displays at The Breakers, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Newport trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from New York City to Newport by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in October, expect Newport to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Beavertail Lighthouse and Park
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Drive Historic District ©
Ocean Drive Historic District
The Breakers ©
The Breakers
The Elms ©
The Elms

1
night
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): walk around Forsyth Park, then stroll the grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First African Baptist Church, stroll the grounds of Colonial Park Cemetery, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Savannah driving holiday website .

You can fly from Newport to Savannah in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Newport in October, things will get a bit warmer in Savannah: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument

2
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach, then take an in-depth tour of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and finally see the interesting displays at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, then view the masterpieces at High Tide Gallery Art & Gifts, then see the interesting displays at Lightner Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Savannah to St. Augustine in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in St. Augustine when traveling from Savannah in October, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©

1
night
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 11th (Fri), cruise along The Overseas Highway, then steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, then learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, then enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Key West trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from St. Augustine to Key West takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from St. Augustine in October, with highs in Key West at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Fishing Charters & Tours

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 (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marathon online journey maker .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Marathon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Fishing Charters & Tours

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