12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mobile
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Tallahassee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Jacksonville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Charleston
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Raleigh
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h
End: San Diego

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Jackson Square. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and then look for gifts at Boutique du Vampyre.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans planner .

San Diego to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in August, New Orleans is a bit warmer at night with lows of 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mobile.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

1
night
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. On the 10th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mobile road trip tool .

You can drive from New Orleans to Mobile in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mobile, with highs around 90°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tallahassee.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©

1
night
Tallahassee

Tallahassee
Tallahassee is the capital of the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Florida State University. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Florida State University, learn more about the world around you at Tallahassee Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tallahassee trip builder tool .

You can fly from Mobile to Tallahassee in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Tallahassee are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tallahassee Museum ©
Tallahassee Museum
Florida State University ©
Florida State University

1
night
Jacksonville

Jacksonville
The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jacksonville road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Tallahassee to Jacksonville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Savannah.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Wildlife Parks

2
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Savannah online journey planner .

Getting from Jacksonville to Savannah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Savannah can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Savannah Historic District ©
Savannah Historic District
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery

2
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the views from Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and then kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Fort Sumter National Monument, then stop by MoonPie General Store, and finally go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Charleston trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Savannah to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Charleston are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Folly Beach Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip maker tool .

You can fly from Charleston to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charleston in August, Charlotte is slightly colder at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Charlotte

Nightlife Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Concord Mills Mall
Highlights from your plan
Concord Mills Mall ©
Concord Mills Mall
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library

few
hours
Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh vacation planning website .

Getting from Charlotte to Raleigh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan

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