18 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

18 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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18 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Washington DC
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
7
Marathon
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Nuremberg

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Times Square. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway and then identify plant and animal life at Cattus Island County Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to New York City is an approximately 13-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nuremberg in August, with highs in New York City at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in New York City

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cattus Island County Park, Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Holtsville Ecology Site
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Cattus Island County Park ©
Cattus Island County Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge ©
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Get outdoors at Shore Path and Cadillac Mountain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and Egg Rock Light. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Mount Desert Island, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Atlantic Brewing Company, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and trek along Heart of Acadia Loop.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Bar Harbor in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Bar Harbor is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, The Seal Cove Auto Museum
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Mount Desert Island ©
Mount Desert Island
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain

1
night
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Washington DC road trip site .

Fly from Bar Harbor to Washington DC in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bar Harbor in August; daily highs in Washington DC reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Old Town
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stop by SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, and then trek along Limberlost Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Shenandoah National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts ©
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts

2
nights
Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
You'll get in some beach time at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Currituck Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Nags Head: Carova Beach (in Carova) and Currituck Banks Reserve (in Corolla). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nags Head trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Nags Head in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nags Head when traveling from Shenandoah National Park in August, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Corolla, Parasailing & Paragliding, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Carova Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Speed Boats Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Coligny Beach and Folly Field Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, try for a hole-in-one at Legendary Golf, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head trip website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Hilton Head takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. September in Hilton Head sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach

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.
On the 4th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, then identify plant and animal life at Pigeon Key Foundation, and finally stroll through Sombrero Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marathon vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hilton Head to Marathon in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hilton Head in September: high temperatures in Marathon hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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

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