22 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

22 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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22 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sandwich
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
5
Key West
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Key Largo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Miami
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Charleston
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Toronto

1
night
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Mount Desert Island, then examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Bar Harbor trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Bar Harbor is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Bar Harbor. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Seal Cove Auto Museum ©
The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Shore Path ©
Shore Path

3
nights
Portland

Portland ©
Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
Visit Marginal Way Walkway and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Todd Audubon Sanctuary at Hog Island (in Bremen), The Swimming Hole At Bristol Dam (in Bristol) and Boothbay Region Land Trust (in Boothbay Harbor). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and see the interesting displays at Maine Maritime Museum.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland vacation planner.

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Portland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sandwich.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bristol, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Marginal Way Walkway, Maine Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse ©
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Boothbay Region Land Trust ©
Boothbay Region Land Trust

2
nights
Sandwich

Sandwich ©
Sandwich is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): engage your brain at Sandwich Glass Museum, then examine the collection at John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, then learn about all things military at Cape Cod Maritime Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): deepen your understanding at Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, see the interesting displays at Edward Gorey House, then examine the collection at Heritage Museums & Gardens, and finally pause for some photo ops at Plymouth Rock.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sandwich tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Sandwich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sandwich can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Sandwich

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Chatham, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Plymouth Rock, Edward Gorey House
Highlights from your plan
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center ©
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
Heritage Museums & Gardens ©
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Sandwich Glass Museum ©
Sandwich Glass Museum

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). You'll explore and learn at 9/11 Memorial and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Times Square, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel, and contemplate the long history of Ellis Island.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New York City travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sandwich to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sandwich in September, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

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
American Museum of Natural History ©

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and 7 Artists & Friends. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and Key West Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Key West to Big Pine Key to see National Key Deer Refuge about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Key West itinerary builder app .

Getting from New York City to Key West by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Key West at 36°C and lows at 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

National Key Deer Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Key Largo route planning site .

You can drive from Key West to Key Largo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spiegel Grove ©
Spiegel Grove
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, and finally gain insight at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Miami online tour planner .

You can drive from Key Largo to Miami in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Miami sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Miami

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miami Beach
Highlights from your plan
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

3
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Fort Sumter National Monument and Aiken-Rhett House will appeal to history buffs. Nathaniel Russell House and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Charleston to Awendaw to see The Center for Birds of Prey about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Charleston day trip planner .

Getting from Miami to Charleston by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Miami in September; daily highs in Charleston reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Charleston

Wildlife Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, The Center for Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
The Center for Birds of Prey ©
The Center for Birds of Prey
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Nathaniel Russell House ©
Nathaniel Russell House

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.
Popular historic sites such as Washington National Cathedral and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Change things up with a short trip to National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip website .

You can fly from Charleston to Washington DC in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Charleston in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Washington DC, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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