25 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

25 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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25 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Savannah
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
St. Augustine
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
4
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Key West
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Marco Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

5
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Bring the kids along to Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art, wander the streets of Times Square, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New York City road trip app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Bonaventure Cemetery. Visiting Coligny Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Hilton Head Island Bike Trails (in Hilton Head) and Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum (in Tybee Island). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Pulaski National Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First African Baptist Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery, and walk around Forsyth Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Savannah trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Savannah in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Savannah reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Tybee Island
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Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Visit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and Fort Matanzas National Monument for their historical value. Relax by the water at St. Augustine Beach and Beach at Daytona Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Augustine: Stetson Mansion (in DeLand), Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (in Ponce Inlet) and Fort Clinch State Park (in Fernandina Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lightner Museum, sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery, and gain insight at Flagler College.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the St. Augustine travel route planner .

You can drive from Savannah to St. Augustine in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Savannah in December since evenings lows in St. Augustine dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Fort Clinch State Park, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Beach at Daytona Beach
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St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Marathon road trip planner.

Do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from St. Augustine to Marathon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from St. Augustine in December, expect Marathon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Bahia Honda State Park, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

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 Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House. Take a break from the city and head to Dry Tortugas National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Key West Garden Club, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Key West trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Marco Island.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Museums Tours
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
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. On the 28th (Mon), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marco Island online attractions planner .

Traveling by ferry from Key West to Marco Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Key West in December, Marco Island is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bowman's Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Captiva Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sanibel Island itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Sanibel Island takes 2 hours. In December in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Captiva Beach
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Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

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