11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Abingdon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Roanoke
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Alexandria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Abingdon

Abingdon ©
Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, stroll through Virginia Creeper Trail Club, and then trek along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Abingdon trip planning tool .

San Francisco to Abingdon is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Abingdon, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Roanoke.

Things to do in Abingdon

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail
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1
night
Roanoke

Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll around Mill Mountain Star & Park, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and then steep yourself in history at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Roanoke attractions planner.

You can drive from Abingdon to Roanoke in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Roanoke are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Roanoke

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mill Mountain Star & Park ©
Mill Mountain Star & Park
St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church ©

1
night
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Ivy Creek Natural Area, admire the natural beauty at Monticello, and then take in the exciting artwork at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Roanoke to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks Nature Trails
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Monticello ©
Monticello
C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery ©

1
night
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, then contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, and then enjoy some diversion at Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Charlottesville in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Williamsburg, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alexandria.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range ©

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night
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alexandria Presbyterian Church, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Alexandria trip maker site .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arlington
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Round Top. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Virginia Memorial, then explore and take pictures at Devils Den, then appreciate the history behind State of Pennsylvania Monument, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip site .

Getting from Alexandria to Gettysburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Alexandria in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Gettysburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience
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Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Devils Den ©
Devils Den

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night
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
On the 30th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, relax in the rural setting at Lapp Valley Farm, then contemplate the long history of Ephrata Cloister, then see the interesting displays at Landis Valley Museum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Root's Country Market & Auction.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lancaster trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October in Lancaster, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ephrata Cloister, Lapp Valley Farm, Root's Country Market & Auction, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Landis Valley Museum ©
Landis Valley Museum
Ephrata Cloister ©
Ephrata Cloister
Lapp Valley Farm ©
Lapp Valley Farm

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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.
On the 31st (Thu), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Washington DC route tool .

You can drive from Lancaster to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Lancaster in October, Washington DC is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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