25 days in East Coast of USA & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

25 days in East Coast of USA & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Key West
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Islamorada
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Key Largo
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
4
Everglades National Park, Florida
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Tram + Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Asheville
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 15 min
7
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  4 h
8
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
10
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

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.
Appreciate the collections at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and 7 Artists & Friends Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Pine Key (National Key Deer Refuge & Bahia Honda State Park). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Vandenberg Wreck, view the masterpieces at Collections Key West, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, and shop like a local with KEPart Studio-Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Key West trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Key West is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get much warmer in Key West: highs are around 38°C and lows about 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Islamorada.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
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Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
Scuba & Snorkeling
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory ©
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

1
night
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Lobster Trap Art Gift Shop and Gallery, cast your line with a fishing tour, then stop by Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts, then shop like a local with Old Road Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alligator Reef Light House.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Islamorada vacation maker app.

Traveling by bus from Key West to Islamorada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Islamorada are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Alligator Reef Light House ©
Alligator Reef Light House
Old Road Gallery ©
Old Road Gallery

1
night
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 18th (Tue): stop by Shell World Florida Keys, then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Key Largo trip maker tool.

Key Largo is very close to Islamorada. In August in Key Largo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center ©
Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Shell World Florida Keys ©
Shell World Florida Keys

2
nights
Everglades National Park, Florida

Everglades National Park ©
A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Shark Valley Visitor Center and then examine the collection at Miccosukee Indian Village. Keep things going the next day: trek along Gumbo Limbo Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail, and then stroll through Pineland Trail.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Everglades National Park tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Key Largo to Everglades National Park takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Everglades National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Miccosukee Indian Village
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Fort Sumter National Monument, hunt for treasures at Charleston City Market, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): stop by be the change boutique, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, contemplate the long history of Charleston Fire Department, Station 2/3, then learn about all things military at Patriots Point, and finally admire the natural beauty at Washington Square.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Charleston travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Everglades National Park to Charleston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Charleston when traveling from Everglades National Park in August, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through River Arts District, view the masterpieces at New Morning Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1, and finally view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville road trip planner.

Drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charleston in August: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
Blue Spiral 1 ©
Blue Spiral 1
Lexington Glassworks ©
Lexington Glassworks

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork and Cades Cove. Go for a jaunt from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see Fontana Dam & Visitors Center about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Parking, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fontana Dam & Visitors Center
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

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.
National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Art and Washington National Cathedral. Step out of Washington DC to go to Sharpsburg and see Antietam National Battlefield, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and examine the collection at The National Archives Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip builder.

Getting from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Washington DC by combination of flight and subway takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Antietam National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Get some cultural insight at 9/11 Memorial and Fifth Avenue. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in New York City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then get engrossed in the history at Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, then browse the exhibits of Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and then revel in the low prices at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip itinerary planner.

Getting from New York City to Niagara Falls by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Niagara Falls to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Buffalo
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

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