33 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

33 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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33 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  25​h
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nantucket
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Hilton Head
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Tybee Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Charleston
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Key West
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Marathon
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Bushkill Falls. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Ponquogue Beach (in Hampton Bays) and Bayard Cutting Arboretum (in Great River). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip builder .

Sydney, Australia to New York City is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in New York City reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ponquogue Beach, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Bushkill Falls, Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
nights
Newport

Newport
With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of The Elms, then see the interesting displays at The Breakers, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Marble House, then get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Drive Historic District, and then enjoy the sea views from Castle Hill Lighthouse.

Plan my day in Newport using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from New York City to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Newport at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Nantucket.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Elms
The Elms
The Breakers ©
The Breakers
Ocean Drive Historic District ©
Ocean Drive Historic District

2
nights
Nantucket

Nantucket ©
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Greater Light and then examine the collection at Whaling Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House), then examine the collection at Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Sankaty Head Lighthouse, and finally identify plant and animal life at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nantucket trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Newport to Nantucket takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Nantucket

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Whaling Museum ©
Whaling Museum
Sankaty Head Lighthouse ©
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Great Point Light ©
Great Point Light

4
nights
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park ©
The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and St Saviour's Episcopal Church. Get some historical perspective at Ship Harbor Nature Trail and Egg Rock Light. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carriage Roads, explore and take pictures at Park Loop Road, and head off the coast to Mount Desert Island.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Acadia National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nantucket to Acadia National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Nantucket in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Acadia National Park, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Ship Harbor Nature Trail, 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

1
night
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for gifts at Coligny Plaza Shopping Center and then choose your vessel at Commander Zodiac.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hilton Head vacation app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Acadia National Park to Hilton Head in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Acadia National Park in October: high temperatures in Hilton Head hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tybee Island.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Transportation Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Commander Zodiac ©
Commander Zodiac
Driessen Beach Park ©
Driessen Beach Park

2
nights
Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a city and barrier island located in Chatham County, Georgia, 18 miles (29 km) east of Savannah, United States. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Cockspur lighthouse, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tybee Island online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Tybee Island takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tybee Island can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Tybee Island

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument

3
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
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 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Boone Hall Plantation, learn about all things military at Patriots Point, and then take in the views from Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Riley Waterfront Park, take an in-depth tour of Fort Sumter National Monument, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Charleston trip maker .

You can drive from Tybee Island to Charleston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Charleston are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Mount Pleasant
Highlights from your plan
Patriots Point ©
Patriots Point
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Boone Hall Plantation ©
Boone Hall Plantation

2
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coquina Beach, then get your game on at Outer Banks Old Time Photos, and finally get your game on at Life On A Sandbar.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Charleston to Nags Head in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Charleston in October, plan for slightly colder days in Nags Head, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Coquina Beach, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

2
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): hike along Saunders-Monticello Trail and then contemplate the long history of The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Walton's Mountain Museum, contemplate the long history of Mulberry Row, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

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Traveling by car from Nags Head to Charlottesville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nags Head in October, Charlottesville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Walton's Mountain Museum, The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
Walton's Mountain Museum ©
Walton's Mountain Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Do some cultural sightseeing at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Key West trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Charlottesville to Key West in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Charlottesville in October, you will find days in Key West are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Get in touch with nature at The Turtle Hospital and Sombrero Reef. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bahia Honda State Park and Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marathon: Islamorada (Indian Key State Historic Site, History of Diving Museum, & more) and National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center and get answers to all your questions at Pigeon Key Foundation.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marathon vacation planner.

Drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Marathon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Islamorada, Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge

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