25 days in East Coast of USA, California & West Coast Itinerary

25 days in East Coast of USA, California & West Coast Itinerary

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25 days in East Coast of USA, California & West Coast Itinerary

Start: Verona
Fly + bus:  13​h
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Portland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 45​min
5
Marathon
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + bus + train + bus:  12​h
9
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Verona

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, then make a trip to Times Square, and then don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Corey Beach, explore the striking landscape of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, and then don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New York City travel itinerary planner .

Verona, Italy to New York City is an approximately 13-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Verona in September since evenings lows in New York City dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Donaldson Farms, Corey Beach, Orange County Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marginal Way Walkway and Drakes Island Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum and Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Seashore Trolley Museum (in Kennebunkport), Kennebunk (Mother's Beach & Parson's Beach) and Ogunquit (Ogunquit Beach & Perkins Cove). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Maine State Prison Store, enjoy the sea views from Maine Lighthouse Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Wright Museum of WWII.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Portland tour planner .

You can fly from New York City to Portland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Portland to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ogunquit, Kennebunk, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, Maine Lighthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Perkins Cove ©
Perkins Cove

3
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Acadia National Park and Eagle Lake Acadia National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Shore Path and The Seal Cove Auto Museum. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Saviour's Church :, enjoy the sea views from Egg Rock Light, and take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Portland to Bar Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edgartown.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

Edgartown ©
Edgartown is a town located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chilmark Chocolates and Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Norton Point Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Edgartown side-trips: West Tisbury (The Granary Gallery & Lambert's Cove Beach), Aquinnah Lighthouse (in Aquinnah) and Chilmark (Menemsha Hills & Lucy Vincent Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Joseph Sylvia State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bend in the Road Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and visit a coastal fixture at East Chop Lighthouse.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Edgartown travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bar Harbor to Edgartown in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. September in Edgartown sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Edgartown

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Bluffs, Chilmark, West Tisbury, Aquinnah Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Bend in the Road Beach ©
Bend in the Road Beach
Menemsha Hills ©
Menemsha Hills
Lucy Vincent Beach ©
Lucy Vincent Beach

1
day
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, get all the information you need at Pigeon Key Foundation, and then tour the water at your own pace with Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Marathon trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Edgartown to Marathon in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Edgartown, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Marathon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Pigeon Key Foundation ©
Pigeon Key Foundation

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 18th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Key West travel planner .

You can drive from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Key West sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Saint Mary Star of the Sea ©
Saint Mary Star of the Sea

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos State Reserve and Natural Bridges State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (in Big Sur) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to Carmel in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Key West to Carmel due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Key West, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Natural Bridges State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Four Mile Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Tillamook Rock Light, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach online journey planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Cannon Beach in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Cannon Beach, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Astoria Column
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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