54 days in East Coast of USA & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

54 days in East Coast of USA & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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54 days in East Coast of USA & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly + Train:  28 h
1
Niagara Falls
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Orlando, Florida
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Key West
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Key Largo
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h
5
Everglades National Park, Florida
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Tram + Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
7
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
New York City
— 11 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

5
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Panama Rocks Scenic Park and Niagara Falls Discovery Center. There's much more to do: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, step off the mainland to explore Three Sisters Island, admire the majestic nature at Whirlpool State Park, and trek along Niagara Wine Trail USA.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Niagara Falls is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and train. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 12 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in May: high temperatures in Niagara Falls hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Niagara Jet Adventures, Panama Rocks Scenic Park
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Panama Rocks Scenic Park ©
Panama Rocks Scenic Park
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Magic Kingdom Park and Universal's Islands of Adventure will thrill your kids. When in Orlando, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Saint Cloud, approximately Saint Cloud away. And it doesn't end there: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, take in a show at Happily Ever After Fireworks, get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, and find something for the whole family at SeaWorld.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Orlando takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Niagara Falls in May, with highs in Orlando at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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.
Family-friendly places like Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Key West: Sunset Park Beach (in Key Colony Beach), Crane Point Museum & Nature Center (in Marathon) and National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, and examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Key West online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Key West takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Orlando in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Key West, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Pine Key, Marathon, Sunset Park Beach
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Island Dolphin Care and Anne's Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Key Largo: Islamorada (Fishing Charters & Tours, Windley Key, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove, have fun at Kiffney's Firearms and Indoor Range, and immerse yourself in nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Key Largo using our trip planner.

You can drive from Key West to Key Largo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Key Largo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Islamorada
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care

4
nights
Everglades National Park, Florida

Everglades National Park ©
A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
Everglades National Park is known for wildlife, trails, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Shark Valley Visitor Center, explore the activities along Slough Slog, stroll through Gumbo Limbo Trail, and trek along Anhinga Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Everglades National Park trip website.

You can take a bus from Key Largo to Everglades National Park in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail

6
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kids will enjoy Chimneys Picnic Area and Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, and hike along Alum Cave Trail.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Everglades National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Everglades National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Asheville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kids will enjoy Zipline and Pisgah Forest Gem Mine. Explore Asheville's surroundings by going to DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Greenville (Falls Park on the Reedy & Dark Corner Distillery) and Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Hawksbill Mountain Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vx3 Trail Rides, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Asheville attractions planner.

Getting from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville by bus takes about 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Greenville, River Rafting & Tubing, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Dry Falls, Hawksbill Mountain Trail
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Zipline
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine ©
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Tidal Basin and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes in Sandy Spring, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Asheville to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Asheville in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Washington DC, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

11
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.
Kids will enjoy Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Coney Island (in Brooklyn), Bury The Hatchet Cherry Hill - Axe Throwing (in Cherry Hill) and Adventure Aquarium (in Camden). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examine the collection at New York Public Library, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Bury The Hatchet Cherry Hill - Axe Throwing, Adventure Aquarium, Trailside Nature & Science Center
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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