30 days in East Coast of USA & New Orleans Itinerary

30 days in East Coast of USA & New Orleans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Greenville
— 1 night
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Key West
— 3 nights
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Orlando
— 4 nights
Train to Savannah Amtrak Station, Taxi to Hilton Head
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Hilton Head
— 1 day
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Charleston
— 1 night
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Hendersonville (Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards & Elijah Mountain Gem Mine). There's still lots to do: squeeze the most out of the city with BREW-ed, see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville holiday tool.

Durham to Asheville is an approximately 6.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a bus. In December in Asheville, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Greenville.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Greenville

— 1 night

Textile Center of the World

The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, then get into the urban bustle at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, then take in the dramatic scenery at Falls Park on the Reedy, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dark Corner Distillery.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Greenville trip maker website.

Traveling by bus from Asheville to Greenville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asheville in December, Greenville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Atlanta.

Things to do in Greenville

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Museums

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the views from Jackson Street Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Olympic Park, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Atlanta trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Greenville to Atlanta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and subway. In December, daily temperatures in Atlanta can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Museums

New Orleans

— 5 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, walk around New Orleans City Park, and make a trip to French Quarter.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Orleans road trip planning site.

You can fly from Atlanta to New Orleans in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Atlanta in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Key West.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Key West

— 3 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Florida Keys Kayaks and Eco Tours in Summerland Key (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

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

Getting from New Orleans to Key West by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Key West: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Orlando

— 4 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
Step out of Orlando with an excursion to Stetson Mansion in DeLand--about 50 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 15th (Tue) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, stroll around Central Park, and admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Orlando itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Orlando takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Orlando when traveling from Key West in December, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 1 day
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hilton Head Distillery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head online attractions planner.

Drive from Orlando to Hilton Head in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Orlando in December; daily highs in Hilton Head reach 64°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Charleston

— 1 night
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 20th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, then take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, and then shop like a local with Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Nathaniel Russell House, view the masterpieces at Principle Gallery Charleston, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Elite Escape Games.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston tour app.

Traveling by bus from Hilton Head to Charleston takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Charleston, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

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, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, get great views at Top of the Rock, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read New York City trip planning website.

Fly from Charleston to New York City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charleston in December, with highs in New York City at 48°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 4 nights
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, get a sense of history and politics at The Pentagon, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.