23 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

23 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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23 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Ocean City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Myrtle Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Nags Head

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then shop like a local with The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, then have some family-friendly fun at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Nags Head tour itinerary builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Nags Head is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Nags Head. Traveling from Sydney in July, you will find days in Nags Head are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ocean City.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

1
night
Ocean City

Ocean City ©
One of the country's favorite vacation resorts, Ocean City draws nearly 8 million visitors annually with its oceanfront boardwalk, clean beaches, and amusement parks.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Ocean City Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Ocean City Boardwalk.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ocean City trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Nags Head to Ocean City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Ocean City

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ocean City Beach ©
Ocean City Beach
Ocean City Boardwalk ©
Ocean City Boardwalk

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Ocean City to New York City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in New York City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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 28th (Sun): make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, then cruise along Park Loop Road, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Asticou Azalea Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor road trip website .

Fly from New York City to Bar Harbor in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Bar Harbor is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Asticou Azalea Garden
Highlights from your plan
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Land Bridge to Bar Island
Land Bridge to Bar Island

1
night
Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach ©
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): kick back and relax at Myrtle Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, and then take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Brookgreen Gardens and then make a trip to Barefoot Landing.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Myrtle Beach journey planner .

You can fly from Bar Harbor to Myrtle Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bar Harbor in July, expect Myrtle Beach to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brookgreen Gardens, Barefoot Landing
Highlights from your plan
Myrtle Beach ©
Myrtle Beach
Brookgreen Gardens ©
Brookgreen Gardens
Barefoot Landing ©
Barefoot Landing

2
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 1st (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the views from Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally make a trip to Riley Waterfront Park. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Patriots Point and then steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Charleston are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Patriots Point
Highlights from your plan
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Patriots Point ©
Patriots Point

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Coligny Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally view the masterpieces at The Silver Garden Silversmiths and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then try for a hole-in-one at Legendary Golf, and finally stroll through Hilton Head Island Bike Trails.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head travel route planner .

Drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Marathon

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge, then take in the views from Old Seven Mile Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marathon itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hilton Head to Marathon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Fort Zachary Taylor. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Key West travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

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