13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cape May
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Independence National Historical Park (in Philadelphia) and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Times Square, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in New York City reach 48°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Independence National Historical Park, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
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1
night
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at South Cape May Meadows, visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, get great views at World War II Lookout Tower, examine the collection at Cape May Fire Department Museum, then contemplate the long history of Historic Cold Spring Village, and finally do a tasting at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape May City Beaches, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center of Cape May, and then do a tasting at Balic Winery.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cape May route builder .

Getting from New York City to Cape May by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in January, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Balic Winery, Wildwood Historical Society - George F. Boyer Museum, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery
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South Cape May Meadows ©
South Cape May Meadows
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Town, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through Georgetown.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Washington DC planner .

Traveling by car from Cape May to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

U.S. Naval Academy, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy

2
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Appreciate the collections at Military Aviation Museum and Lynnhaven House. Step off the beaten path and head to Sandbridge Beach and Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Virginia Beach side-trips: Bruton Parish Episcopal Church (in Williamsburg) and U.S. Army Transportation Museum (in Newport News). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of First Landing State Park, wander the streets of Town Center, go for a walk through Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, and sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach itinerary maker .

Fly from Washington DC to Virginia Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, U.S. Army Transportation Museum
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Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
First Landing State Park ©
First Landing State Park

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