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:  19​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
2
St. Augustine
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Johannesburg

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Family-friendly places like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at New York Public Library, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to New York City. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in New York City reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Augustine.

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
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Get outdoors at Fort Clinch State Park and St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.. Step out of St. Augustine to go to DeLand and see Stetson Mansion, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Augustine Beach and sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Augustine attractions planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to St. Augustine takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in St. Augustine hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 12th (Thu), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marco Island day trip planning tool .

Getting from St. Augustine to Marco Island by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from St. Augustine in December, with highs in Marco Island at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marco Island

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Key Largo

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Island Dolphin Care and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then admire the majestic nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Key Largo visit planner .

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Key Largo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Key Largo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park, and then take in the views from Seven Mile Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Marathon trip website .

You can drive from Key Largo to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Marathon, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House are in your itinerary. Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Key West driving holiday 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

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

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