27 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

27 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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27 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Boston
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Key West
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and get great views at Top of the Rock.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the New York City vacation planner .

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in New York City: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Boston.

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

3
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Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sandwich (Heritage Museums & Gardens & Sandwich Glass Museum), Plymouth Rock (in Plymouth) and Marginal Way Walkway (in Ogunquit). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, walk around Boston Public Garden, stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Boston trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Boston is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sandwich, Plymouth Rock, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Marginal Way Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Heritage Museums & Gardens ©
Heritage Museums & Gardens

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Urban Axes Baltimore in Baltimore (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, and examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online day trip planner .

You can fly from Boston to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in December, with highs in Washington DC at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Fun & Games Nature

Side Trip

Urban Axes Baltimore
Highlights from your plan
Urban Axes Baltimore ©
Urban Axes Baltimore
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

4
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, admire the natural beauty at Harry P. Leu Gardens, discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Orlando trip planning app .

Fly from Washington DC to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, things will get warmer in Orlando: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

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.
Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, shop like a local with Alan S. Maltz Gallery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the waterfront at Mallory Square.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Key West online holiday planner .

Getting from Orlando to Key West by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Orlando in January, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key), Key Largo (Island Dolphin Care & Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder) and Islamorada (Petals With Pizzazz & Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, stroll through Bahia Honda State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, and get all the information you need at Pigeon Key Foundation.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Marathon vacation planning site .

Take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Marathon sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Miami.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Key Largo, Islamorada, Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, then see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum, and finally have fun at Lock & Load Miami. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shark Valley Visitor Center and then get outside with Osceola panthers.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Miami takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January in Miami, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Miami ©
Lock & Load Miami
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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