11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly to Philadelphia International Airport, Drive to Pottsville
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Pottsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carova
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ocracoke
— 1 night
Ferry to Swan Quarter, NC, Drive to Nags Head
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Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive
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Durham
— 1 night
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Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get outside with Dequindre Cut. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): stop by Block’s Stand & Greenhouse, then browse the different shops at The Rust Belt Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Somerset Collection, and finally shop like a local with Eastern Market.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Detroit route site.

Chicago to Detroit is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Detroit. July in Detroit sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pottsville.

Things to do in Detroit

Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pottsville

— 1 night
Pottsville is a city in, and the county seat of, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): revel in the low prices at Tom Sturgis Pretzels Factory Store, then browse for treasures at Mad Hatter Antique Mall, then stop by Murdough's Christmas Barn, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Hersheypark.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pottsville travel route website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Detroit to Pottsville. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Pottsville

Theme Parks · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
On the 29th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then explore the activities along Tidal Basin, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Eastern Market, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pottsville to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pottsville in July since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carova.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Carova

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): trek along Currituck Banks Reserve, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Carova Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, then stop by Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Carova day trip app.

You can drive from Washington DC to Carova in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Carova are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Carova

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Ocracoke

— 1 night
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Beach Fires, then stop by Books to Be Red, then view the masterpieces at Over the Moon, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ocracoke road trip planning website.

Getting from Carova to Ocracoke by car takes about 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then look for gifts at Mom's Sweet Shop, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ocracoke to Nags Head in 5 hours. In August in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Durham.

Things to do in Nags Head

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery, then browse the different shops at Crabtree Valley Mall, then browse the eclectic array of goods at State Farmers Market, and finally browse the different shops at Streets at Southpoint.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Durham online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nags Head to Durham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Outer Banks travel guide

4.6
Lighthouses · Historic Sites · Piers & Boardwalks
A trip to Outer Banks takes visitors to a string of barrier islands just off the North Carolina coast. A holiday in Outer Banks is a chance to explore 320 km (200 mi) of state parks, open sea beaches, and wreck diving sites. It's also the perfect chance to visit Roanoke Island, England's original settlement in the New World. For those looking to add a bit of adrenaline to their experience, a vacation in Outer Banks delivers many different fishing options and methods, some of which hark back to the first European settlers in this part of the world.