20 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

20 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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20 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Newark
train:  30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Key West
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
4
Big Pine Key
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Miami
— 3 nights
+4
train + bus + foot + Fly + bus:  10​h
6
Eastham
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and Ellis Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Tiles For America. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read New York City sightseeing website .

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May in New York City, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping 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

3
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.
Antietam National Battlefield and Washington National Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Tidal Basin and National Zoological Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Washington DC, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Antietam National Battlefield, 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

4
nights
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.
Visiting Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and Key West Cemetery. Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Key West trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Key West takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Key West reach 85°F and lows reach 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park

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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Artists in Paradise Gallery, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Big Pine Key trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Big Pine Key takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in June, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Head to Lincoln Road and Aventura Mallfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Valley and Anhinga Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Gumbo Limbo Trail in Everglades National Park (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at South Beach, browse the different shops at Village of Merrick Park, look for gifts at Perfect Gifts South Beach, and take a stroll through Collins Avenue.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Miami day trip planning tool .

Getting from Big Pine Key to Miami by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Eastham.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, 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

3
nights
Eastham

Eastham ©
Eastham is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States, Barnstable County being coextensive with Cape Cod. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like First Encounter Beach and Salt Pond Visitor Center. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Cod National Seashore and Coast Guard Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nauset Beach, steep yourself in history at Captain Penniman House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chatham Lighthouse Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Eastham trip planning app .

Getting from Miami to Eastham by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Miami in June, expect nights in Eastham to be cooler, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Eastham

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chatham, Nauset Beach, Marconi Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore, Nickerson State Park
Highlights from your plan
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center ©
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
Cape Cod National Seashore ©
Cape Cod National Seashore
Nauset Beach ©
Nauset Beach

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