15 days in Pennsylvania, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

15 days in Pennsylvania, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

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15 days in Pennsylvania, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Highlands
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pisgah Forest
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Nags Head
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Washington DC
— 5 nights
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Kuwait City

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 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and design of University of Pennsylvania and then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art and then ponder the design of Longwood Gardens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip builder app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Philadelphia is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in October: highs in Philadelphia hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Highlands.

Things to do in Philadelphia

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

1
day
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Highlands attractions planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to Highlands by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, Highlands is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pisgah Forest.

Things to do in Highlands

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Whiteside Mountain
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Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

2
nights
Pisgah Forest

Pisgah Forest ©
Pisgah Forest is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. On the 5th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at DuPont State Recreational Forest, appreciate the history behind Oakdale Cemetery, and then do a tasting at Biltmore Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): hike along Devil's Courthouse and then cruise along Blueridge Parkway.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pisgah Forest online route planner .

Traveling by car from Highlands to Pisgah Forest takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Pisgah Forest can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Pisgah Forest

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Parks

Side Trips

Blueridge Parkway, Oakdale Cemetery, Biltmore Estate, DuPont State Recreational Forest
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Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate
Devil's Courthouse ©
Devil's Courthouse
Oakdale Cemetery ©
Oakdale Cemetery

1
day
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coquina Beach.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Pisgah Forest to Nags Head takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Pisgah Forest in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Nags Head. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Nags Head

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Coquina Beach
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Coquina Beach ©
Coquina Beach
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, then contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, and then test your problem-solving skills at Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip builder tool .

Drive from Nags Head to Gettysburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, train, and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nags Head in October; daily highs in Gettysburg reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience
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Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center ©

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.
Get outdoors at Tidal Basin and National Zoological Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at White House, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Gettysburg in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Washington DC. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
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Lincoln Memorial ©
Lincoln Memorial
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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