9 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

9 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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9 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Drive:  3​h
1
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
3
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
4
Hilton Head
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Charleston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marathon tour planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Marathon is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marathon are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Bahia Honda State Park
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Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Key West planning site .

Take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Key West sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

1
night
Panama City Beach

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
On the 26th (Wed), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, and then cool off at Panama City Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at St. Andrews State Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Key West to Panama City Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Panama City Beach when traveling from Key West in June, with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Pier Park ©
Pier Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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 28th (Fri): stroll through Coligny Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. On your second day here, examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hilton Head journey planning site .

Getting from Panama City Beach to Hilton Head by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. June in Hilton Head sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

1
night
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll around Joe Riley Waterfront Park, take in the views from Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Angel Oak Tree, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Charleston online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Charleston are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Angel Oak Tree
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Angel Oak Tree ©
Angel Oak Tree
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge ©
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

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