16 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

16 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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16 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Orlando, Florida
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Miami, Florida
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
6
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Jeddah

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Washington DC is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Jeddah in December, expect Washington DC to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Orlando, Florida

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make an unforgettable trip to Avatar Flight of Passage, take in a show at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and then make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and then find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Orlando trip itinerary app .

Getting from Washington DC to Orlando by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Orlando is much hotter than Washington DC - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

3
nights
Miami, Florida

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Family-friendly places like Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and South Beach will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Valley Visitor Center and Anhinga Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Florida Keys Visitor Center (in Key Largo) and Everglades National Park (Gumbo Limbo Trail & Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail). It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Art Deco Historic District.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Miami day trip website .

You can fly from Orlando to Miami in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Orlando in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miami, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Miami Beach, Key Largo
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park, then stroll through Sombrero Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marathon sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Miami to Marathon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daytime highs in Marathon are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Key West journey planner.

Getting from Marathon to Key West by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

National Key Deer Refuge
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Central Park, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Key West in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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