14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia, and then admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, and finally hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia trip maker app .

San Francisco to Philadelphia is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Classes

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sun), walk around Gettysburg National Military Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Gettysburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gettysburg when traveling from Philadelphia in October, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks Historic Sites
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): gain insight at University of Virginia, relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, and then stop by C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier, contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, and then admire the natural beauty at Monticello.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Charlottesville online journey planner .

Drive from Gettysburg to Charlottesville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

James Madison's Montpelier, Canal Basin Square
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Monticello ©
Monticello
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier

2
nights
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 23rd (Wed): take a tour of Jamestown Settlement and then stop by Scotland House, Ltd.. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, then steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Williamsburg route planner .

Getting from Charlottesville to Williamsburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Charlottesville in October since evenings lows in Williamsburg dip to 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Governor's Palace ©
Governor's Palace

5
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Williamsburg to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Tours
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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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