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: Melbourne
Fly:  27​h
1
Key West
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Myrtle Beach
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
6
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 4th (Wed), cruise along The Overseas Highway, steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, and then kick back and relax at Fort Zachary Taylor. On your second day here, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Key West online attractions planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Key West is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Key West reach 36°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Marathon

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 6th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Marathon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Speed Boats Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Burkes Beach. Next up on the itinerary: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hilton Head route planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Marathon to Hilton Head takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marathon in September, with highs in Hilton Head at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach ©
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Litchfield Beach and Myrtle Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alligator Adventure. Take a break from Myrtle Beach with a short trip to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, experience the excitement of Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, and make a trip to Barefoot Landing.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach trip maker site .

Drive from Hilton Head to Myrtle Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or fly. In September in Myrtle Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

North Myrtle Beach, Litchfield Beach, Brookgreen Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Alligator Adventure ©
Alligator Adventure
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Broadway at the Beach ©
Broadway at the Beach

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Coquina Beach. Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Currituck Banks Reserve. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, and steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nags Head road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Myrtle Beach to Nags Head in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. In September in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Corolla, Parasailing & Paragliding, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Coquina Beach, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Portland Head Light and Marginal Way Walkway. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ogunquit Beach and Black Cap Hiking Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Swan Island Wildlife Management Area (in Richmond) and Kancamagus Highway (in North Conway). There's more to do: grab your bike and head to Spring Point Shoreway.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Portland in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nags Head in September, with highs in Portland at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

North Conway, Ogunquit, Spring Point Shoreway, Portland Head Light, Swan Island Wildlife Management Area
Highlights from your plan
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Swan Island Wildlife Management Area ©

4
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Acadia National Park and Jordan Cliffs Trail. Family-friendly places like Shore Path and Indian Point Blagden Preserve will thrill your kids. Take a break from Bar Harbor with a short trip to Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park in Southwest Harbor, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: cruise along Park Loop Road, hike along Precipice Trail, head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, and take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bar Harbor online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Portland to Bar Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Bar Harbor, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park, Indian Point Blagden Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Park Loop Road ©
Park Loop Road
Acadia National Park ©
Acadia National Park
Shore Path ©
Shore Path

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