43 days in United States & St. Thomas Itinerary

43 days in United States & St. Thomas Itinerary

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Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  13 h 15 min
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Key West, United States
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Orlando, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h
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Asheville, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
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Nashville, United States
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
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New Orleans, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
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San Antonio, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
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Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
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San Diego, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
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San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
11
Portland, United States
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
12
Seattle, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
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Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
14
Washington DC, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
15
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
16
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Key West, United States

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House. Museum-lovers will get to explore Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Key West: The Turtle Hospital (in Marathon) and Dolphin Research Center (in Grassy Key). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West holiday maker site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Key West is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In December in Key West, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Marathon
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory ©
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

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Orlando, United States

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 24th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe and then admire the striking features of Stetson Mansion. Here are some ideas for day two: revel in the low prices at Orlando International Premium Outlets and then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Orlando.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Key West to Orlando by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Key West in December since evenings lows in Orlando dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Orlando

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Orlando International Premium Outlets ©
Orlando International Premium Outlets

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Asheville, United States

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy. On your second day here, do a tasting at Biltmore and then see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville day trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Orlando to Asheville in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Orlando in December: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 14°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Blue Ridge Pkwy
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy
The Folk Art Center ©
The Folk Art Center
Spas

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Nashville, United States

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): wander the streets of Downtown Nashville and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, and finally contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Nashville travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Asheville to Nashville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Nashville are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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New Orleans, United States

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, then wander the streets of Royal Street, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nashville to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nashville in December, New Orleans is warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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San Antonio, United States

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Antonio day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in December, you will find days in San Antonio are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral ©
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

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Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Mob Museum and The Strip. Museum-lovers will appreciate Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and Counts Kustoms. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, approximately Overton away. There's more to do: examine the collection at The Neon Museum and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas tour planning site.

You can fly from San Antonio to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Antonio to Las Vegas. When traveling from San Antonio in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah

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San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip site.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in January, with highs in San Diego at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Getty Center and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Let the collections at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Heisler Park in Laguna Beach--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip website.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Heisler Park, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Walt Disney Family Museum and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, and admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Portland, United States

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Shop till you drop at Powell's City of Books and Live Laugh Love Art. Visiting Cannon Beach and The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Multnomah Falls in Bridal Veil (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Portland is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Live Laugh Love Art, Cannon Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area ©
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

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Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Do your shopping at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Museum of Flight and Museum of Pop Culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie) and LeMay - America's Car Museum (in Tacoma). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pike Place Market and walk around Kerry Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seattle attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, LeMay - America's Car Museum
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Lakefront Trail and Lake Michigan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Field Museum and The Magnificent Mile. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Chicago day trip planning website.

Getting from Seattle to Chicago by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Chicago is 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in January, you will find days in Chicago are a bit cooler (0°C), and nights are much colder (-9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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Washington DC, United States

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arlington National Cemetery and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at George Washington's Mount Vernon and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlington, George Washington's Mount Vernon, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Old Town
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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New York City, United States

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with SoHo, and admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City travel planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in New York City, with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Charlotte Amalie.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop

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Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie ©
One of the most visited cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean, the town of Charlotte Amalie is known around the world for its duty-free jewelry, perfume, and liquor shops.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Lindqvist Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Magens Bay. On your second day here, look for gifts at Diamonds International, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Surfari - Feed Monster Tarpon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte Amalie vacation website.

Fly from New York City to Charlotte Amalie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get much hotter in Charlotte Amalie: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte Amalie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

East End, Magens Bay, Ocean Surfari - Feed Monster Tarpon
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Magens Bay ©
Magens Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lindqvist Beach ©
Lindqvist Beach

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