17 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

17 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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17 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Take a break from the city and head to Shark Valley Visitor Center and Osceola panthers. Change things up with these side-trips from Miami: Everglades National Park (Gumbo Limbo Trail & Anhinga Trail), Florida Keys Visitor Center (in Key Largo) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miami road trip tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Miami is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg to Miami, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Miami when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Key Largo
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Truman Little White House. Bring the kids along to Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and National Key Deer Refuge. When in Key West, make a side trip to see Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key, approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Miami to Key West takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

3
nights
Orlando

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.
Get outdoors at Discovery Cove and Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, make an unforgettable trip to Avatar Flight of Passage, and admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Orlando trip planner.

You can fly from Key West to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in December, plan for little chillier nights in Orlando, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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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 15th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner .

Getting from Orlando to Washington DC by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in December; daily highs in Washington DC reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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