10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Valley Forge
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
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Altoona
— 1 night
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Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 1 night
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Lancaster
— 1 night
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Philadelphia
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Philadelphia

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Adventure Aquarium as well as Independence National Historical Park. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adventure Aquarium, then browse the exhibits of Battleship New Jersey, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of American Jewish History, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Independence National Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia planner.

Des Moines to Philadelphia is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Philadelphia. August in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Valley Forge.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Valley Forge

The Village of Valley Forge is an unincorporated settlement located on the west side of Valley Forge National Historical Park at the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania, United States. Valley Forge National Historical Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

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Drive from Philadelphia to Valley Forge in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Valley Forge

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish, then see the interesting displays at Niagara Falls Discovery Center, then examine the collection at Niagara Power Project Visitors Center, and finally take in the history at Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Valley Forge to Niagara Falls. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Altoona.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Altoona

— 1 night
Altoona is a city in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): have fun and explore at Alto Model Train Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Altoona online travel route planner.

Drive from Niagara Falls to Altoona in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Altoona

Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): do a tasting at Two Twisted Posts Winery, steep yourself in history at John Brown's Fort, make a trip to White Hall Tavern, take some stellar pictures from The Point, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Harpers Ferry Station.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Harpers Ferry online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Altoona to Harpers Ferry by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Gettysburg

— 1 night
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
You've now added Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, and then steep yourself in history at Jennie Wade House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Gibson's Photographic Gallery, then stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Rupp House.

Make your Gettysburg itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Lancaster

— 1 night

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Woodward Hill Cemetery.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lancaster driving holiday planner.

Drive from Gettysburg to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. August in Lancaster sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love

Your day by day itinerary now includes Adventure Aquarium. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): meet the residents at Adventure Aquarium and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Philadelphia day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Lancaster in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Philadelphia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.