20 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

20 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Hilton Head
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Charleston
— 3 nights
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
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Corolla
— 1 night
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
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Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
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Bear
— 1 night
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Arlington
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Hilton Head

— 2 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coligny Beach, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then do a tasting at Island Winery, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hilton Head Distillery.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hilton Head trip planner.

New Orleans to Hilton Head is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Hilton Head hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Wineries

Charleston

— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Fort Sumter National Monument, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Charleston trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Charleston sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Manteo.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Manteo, Roanoke Island

— 1 night
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse and then stroll around Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manteo trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Charleston to Manteo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Charleston in May, expect nights in Manteo to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours, and then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Corolla trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Manteo to Corolla in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Corolla

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Governor's Palace, then witness the site of a historic battle at Yorktown Battlefield, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne and then contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip planner.

You can drive from Corolla to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In May in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, kick back and relax at Virginia Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then take an in-depth tour of Military Aviation Museum, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Chincoteague Island

— 2 nights
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Depot, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chincoteague, and then get outside with Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chincoteague Island vacation builder tool.

Getting from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Virginia Beach in May, you will find days in Chincoteague Island are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bear.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Bear

— 1 night
Bear is a census-designated place (CDP) in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hagley Museum And Library, then get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Lums Pond State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bear online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Chincoteague Island to Bear in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Bear, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Bear

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Arlington

— 4 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Change things up with these side-trips from Arlington: George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park & Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, contemplate the long history of Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arlington tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Bear to Arlington takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Arlington can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

Delaware travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.