31 days in West Coast, East Coast of USA & New Orleans Itinerary

31 days in West Coast, East Coast of USA & New Orleans Itinerary

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31 days in West Coast, East Coast of USA & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
3
Savannah
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
St. Augustine
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Sarasota
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Marco Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, California State Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New York City is 3 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in New York City: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bonaventure Cemetery and Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. Get some historical perspective at Olde Pink House and Savannah Historic District. Change things up with these side-trips from Savannah: Hilton Head (Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, Spas, & more) and Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum (in Tybee Island). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument and walk around Forsyth Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Savannah day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Savannah takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in January, you will find days in Savannah are much hotter (19°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument

4
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Museum-lovers will get to explore St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Lightner Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Augustine: Fort Clinch State Park (in Fernandina Beach), Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory (in Daytona Beach) and Stetson Mansion (in DeLand). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Fort Matanzas National Monument, deepen your understanding at Flagler College, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Augustine Beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our St. Augustine journey planner .

Traveling by car from Savannah to St. Augustine takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Savannah in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in St. Augustine. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Fort Clinch State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Clinch State Park ©
Fort Clinch State Park
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

3
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Dali Museum and Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Get a sense of the local culture at The Ringling and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Sarasota side-trips: Treasure Island Beach (in Treasure Island), Sunshine Skyway Bridge (in Tampa) and Venice Beach (in Venice). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Siesta Beach and steep yourself in history at Ca d'Zan.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sarasota trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from St. Augustine to Sarasota in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from St. Augustine in January, you will find days in Sarasota are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siesta Beach, Venice Beach, Treasure Island Beach, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Highlights from your plan
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
The Dali Museum ©
The Dali Museum
The Ringling ©
The Ringling

2
nights
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marco Island day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Marco Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Fort Zachary Taylor and The Turtle Hospital. Museum-lovers will get to explore Truman Little White House and The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Step out of Key West to go to Big Pine Key and see Bahia Honda State Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, cruise along The Overseas Highway, and enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Key West trip planner .

Getting from Marco Island to Key West by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Marco Island in February since evenings lows in Key West dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, The Turtle Hospital
Highlights from your plan
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

5
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Shop till you drop at Royal Street and Boutique du Vampyre. Visit Garden District and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). And it doesn't end there: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, get engrossed in the history at Gallier House, examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans journey builder website .

Traveling by flight from Key West to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Key West, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Whitney Plantation, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District

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