19 days in East Coast of USA & Huntsville Itinerary

19 days in East Coast of USA & Huntsville Itinerary

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19 days in East Coast of USA & Huntsville Itinerary

Start: Entebbe
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Huntsville
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Marco Island
— 1 day
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
6
Big Pine Key
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Miami Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Entebbe

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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and Kee's Chocolatesfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip planning website .

Entebbe, Uganda to New York City is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Entebbe to New York City is minus 8 hours. In May, New York City is little chillier than Entebbe - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Huntsville.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

1
night
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): head outdoors with Kids Space, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Sano Nature Preserve.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Huntsville tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Huntsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Huntsville. In May in Huntsville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Marco Island.

Things to do in Huntsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kids Space ©
Kids Space
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum ©
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum

1
day
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marco Island day trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Huntsville to Marco Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Marco Island due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Huntsville in May: high temperatures in Marco Island hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
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 18th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get a taste of the local shopping with Alan S. Maltz Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor. Keep things going the next day: stop by Mikey Mo's, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get a taste of the local shopping with 7 Artists & Friends, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Key West route maker .

Traveling by ferry from Marco Island to Key West takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Marco Island in May since evenings lows in Key West dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 20th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Artists in Paradise Gallery, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Big Pine Key road trip website .

You can take a bus from Key West to Big Pine Key in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Big Pine Key are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Key Largo

Key Largo ©
The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
On the 22nd (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Anhinga Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Key Largo driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Big Pine Key to Key Largo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Key Largo when traveling from Big Pine Key in May, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Anhinga Trail
Highlights from your plan
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District. Get outdoors at Shark Valley and South Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Miami Beach: Aventura Mall (in Aventura) and Gumbo Limbo Trail (in Everglades National Park). There's more to do: wander the streets of Collins Avenue and buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Miami Beach trip maker site .

Getting from Key Largo to Miami Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Bayside Marketplace, Village of Merrick Park, Aventura Mall
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

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