12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner
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Norfolk
— 2 nights
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Chincoteague Island
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
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Richmond
— 1 night
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Newport News
— 2 nights
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Norfolk — 2 nights

Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary as well as Chrysler Museum of Art. On the 12th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary, observe the fascinating underwater world at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Norfolk driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Norfolk. In July, daily temperatures in Norfolk can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.
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Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): let little ones run wild at Chincoteague Veteran's Memorial Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chincoteague Island online itinerary planner.

Drive from Norfolk to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Washington DC.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Washington DC — 2 nights

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 14th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip planner.

Drive from Chincoteague Island to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Fredericksburg.
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Museums

Fredericksburg — 2 nights

Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. On the 16th (Sat), take in the history at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, witness the site of a historic battle at Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, then steep yourself in history at The Rising Sun Tavern, and finally steep yourself in history at Chatham Manor. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Potomac Mills, then examine the collection at National Museum of the Marine Corps, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Fredericksburg trip planner.

Drive from Washington DC to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Richmond.
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Richmond — 1 night

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
On the 18th (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Richmond vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Richmond takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Richmond are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Williamsburg.
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Williamsburg — 2 nights

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
You've now added Colonial Williamsburg to your itinerary. On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg and then cool off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of George Wythe House, then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then witness the site of a historic battle at Yorktown Battlefield, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Plan trip to Williamsburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Richmond to Williamsburg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Newport News.
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Newport News — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): trek along The Noland Trail, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then engage your brain at Virginia Air & Space Science Center. On your second day here, stroll around The Mariners' Museum & Park, then get to know the resident critters at Virginia Living Museum, and then walk around Windsor Castle Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Newport News trip planning site.

Newport News is just a short distance from Williamsburg. In July in Newport News, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Fri).
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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