12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Boston
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Atlantic City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Baltimore
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: New York City

4
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City day trip site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to New York City. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, then admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, then stroll around Boston Common, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get advice or help at Boston Public Library, then take an in-depth tour of John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, then get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail, and finally wander the streets of North End.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Boston day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Boston are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Atlantic City.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

1
night
Atlantic City

Atlantic City ©
The gambling capital of the east coast, Atlantic City is best known for its numerous casinos, colorful boardwalk, and beach.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): try your luck at Harrah's Atlantic City Casino, then try your luck at Borgata Casino, and then try your luck at Caesars Atlantic City Casino.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Atlantic City online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Boston to Atlantic City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Atlantic City, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 24°F at night. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Baltimore.

Things to do in Atlantic City

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucy the Elephant
Highlights from your plan
Borgata Casino ©
Borgata Casino
Lucy the Elephant ©
Lucy the Elephant

few
hours
Baltimore

Baltimore ©
A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Walters Art Museum and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino.

Plan a Baltimore trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Atlantic City to Baltimore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Baltimore sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Baltimore

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino
The Walters Art Museum ©
The Walters Art Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Baltimore to Washington DC takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. January in Washington DC sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington Monument ©
Washington Monument

1
day
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
On the 7th (Tue), cruise along Skyline Drive, then admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, and then stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Shenandoah National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens, appreciate the history behind Rocky Statue, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shenandoah National Park to Philadelphia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Longwood Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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