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: Mackay
Fly:  31​h
1
Orlando
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
6
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Mackay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Stetson Mansion, then play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and then discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Orlando trip itinerary site .

Mackay, Australia to Orlando is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Mackay to Orlando, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mackay in December, things will get a bit cooler in Orlando: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
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Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

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nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 29th (Sun), make a trip to Collins Avenue, then wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then stroll through South Beach, and finally take a stroll through Art Deco Historic District. Keep things going the next day: stroll through 12th Street Beach, then contemplate the long history of Barnacle State Historic Site, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach visit planner .

Getting from Orlando to Miami Beach by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Miami Beach, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barnacle State Historic Site, Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Marathon Garden Club, identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Pigeon Key Foundation. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marathon online trip planner .

Getting from Miami Beach to Marathon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Sunset Park Beach
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Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
Pigeon Key Foundation ©
Pigeon Key Foundation
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©

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night
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Pine Key trip itinerary planning website .

Big Pine Key is just a stone's throw from Marathon. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Oldest House & Garden Museum, then kick back and relax at Fort Zachary Taylor, and then tour the water at your own pace with Fun In The Sun Key West.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Key West online day trip planner .

Getting from Big Pine Key to Key West by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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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 Fifth Avenue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Times Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary builder tool .

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 January, expect New York City to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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