16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lafayette
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Charleston
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Lafayette

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.
On the 9th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Foundation For The Carolinas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): do a tasting at Dennis Vineyards Winery, learn about winemaking at Rocky River Vineyards, and then wander the streets of SouthPark.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Charlotte trip planning website .

Lafayette to Charlotte is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lafayette to Charlotte due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lafayette in September, with highs in Charlotte at 83°F and lows at 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Charlotte

Shopping Wineries Nightlife

Side Trips

The Village Store, Concord Mills, Dennis Vineyards Winery, Rocky River Vineyards
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The Village Store ©
The Village Store
Rocky River Vineyards ©
Rocky River Vineyards
Dennis Vineyards Winery ©
Dennis Vineyards Winery

1
night
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 12th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at State Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Cameron Village, then take a stroll through North Hills, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Artspace.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Raleigh trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Charlotte to Raleigh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Raleigh are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Raleigh

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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North Hills ©
North Hills
Artspace ©
Artspace
State Farmers Market ©
State Farmers Market

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 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, and then get some fabulous bargains at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Merchants Square, steep yourself in history at Bassett Hall, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Yorktown Market Days, and finally look for gifts at Whitley's Peanut Factory.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Williamsburg trip planner .

Getting from Raleigh to Williamsburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Richmond.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Whitley's Peanut Factory, Yorktown Market Days
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Whitley's Peanut Factory ©
Whitley's Peanut Factory
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Bassett Hall ©
Bassett Hall

2
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a stroll through Carytown, look for gifts at For the Love of Chocolate, take in the exciting artwork at Shockoe Bottom Clay, take in the exciting artwork at Crossroads Art Center, then browse the fresh offerings at Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Short Pump Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, then do a tasting at Blue Bee Cider, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Fan District.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Richmond trip planner .

Traveling by train from Williamsburg to Richmond takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Richmond, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Richmond

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market
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Short Pump Mall ©
Short Pump Mall
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Carytown ©
Carytown

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.
Head to Fell's Point and Eastern Marketfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Baltimore (Horseshoe Casino & Sagamore Spirit Distillery). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, get a sense of history and politics at White House, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Washington DC online travel planner .

You can drive from Richmond to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Shopping Casinos

Side Trip

Baltimore
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

5
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Sumter National Monument and Aiken-Rhett House. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Nathaniel Russell House, and settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Charleston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Holy City Brewing, Folly Beach Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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