31 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

31 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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31 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  22​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Portland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Savannah
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Augustine, Florida
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 15​min
6
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Key West
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and Trinity Church are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City route planner .

Brisbane, Australia to New York City is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in New York City reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marginal Way Walkway and Kancamagus Highway. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Flume Gorge and Doubling Point Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: The Little White Church (in Eaton), Winslow Homer's Studio (in Prouts Neck) and Ogunquit Beach (in Ogunquit). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at North Conway League of NH Craftsmen Fine Arts Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at White Mountains, take in the dramatic scenery at Rocky Gorge, and identify plant and animal life at White Mountain National Forest.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Portland road trip app .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Portland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Portland reach 3°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ogunquit, North Conway, New Hampshire, Doubling Point Lighthouse, Winslow Homer's Studio
Highlights from your plan
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Flume Gorge ©
Flume Gorge

4
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Popular historic sites such as Ship Harbor Nature Trail and St. Saviour's Church : are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Little Village Gifts and The Christmas Vacation Shop. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Acadia National Park. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, hike along Precipice Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Portland to Bar Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Ship Harbor Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Precipice Trail ©
Precipice Trail

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coligny Beach and Bonaventure Cemetery. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get out of town with these interesting Savannah side-trips: Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum (in Tybee Island), Hilton Head Island Bike Trails (in Hilton Head) and Lyons (City hall of Santa Claus & The Chapel of Santa Claus). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument, stroll around Forsyth Park, explore and take pictures at Guido Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Second African Baptist Church.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Savannah itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Bar Harbor to Savannah in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Bar Harbor in December, with highs in Savannah at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Lyons, Tybee Island, Guido Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Augustine Beach and St. Augustine Distillery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stetson Mansion and Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Take a break from St. Augustine with a short trip to Beach at Daytona Beach in Daytona Beach, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Fort Matanzas National Monument. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, see the interesting displays at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach Public Beach.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the St. Augustine trip planning tool .

You can drive from Savannah to St. Augustine in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Savannah in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in St. Augustine, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Beach at Daytona Beach, Stetson Mansion, Crescent Beach Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Fort Matanzas National Monument ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Dolphin Research Center. Relax by the water at Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Go for a jaunt from Marathon to Islamorada to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Marathon using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from St. Augustine to Marathon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from St. Augustine in December, with highs in Marathon at 31°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park, Sunset Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Truman Little White House and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Escape the urban bustle at Dry Tortugas National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, get a taste of the local shopping with KEPart Studio-Gallery, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Art On Duval Key West.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Key West day trip website .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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