16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Drive:  2​h
1
Mason City
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h
2
Cary
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Baltimore
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Philadelphia
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
End: Rochester

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day
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 12th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel, then contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at McIntosh Woods State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mason City travel planner.

Rochester to Mason City is an approximately 2-hour car ride. July in Mason City sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cary.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

McIntosh Woods State Park
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Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
McIntosh Woods State Park ©
McIntosh Woods State Park
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel

1
day
Cary

Cary ©
Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. On the 13th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Marbles Kids Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cary vacation builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mason City to Cary. The time zone difference when traveling from Mason City to Cary is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mason City in July: high temperatures in Cary hover around 90°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Cary

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Raleigh, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
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Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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.
Attractions like National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, get lost in a book at Library of Congress, appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker app .

Explore your travel options from Cary to Washington DC with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Baltimore.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

4
nights
Baltimore

Baltimore ©
A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Kids will enjoy Hersheypark and National Aquarium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baltimore: Gettysburg (Horseback Riding Tours, Victorian Photography Studio, & more). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, explore and take pictures at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and wander the streets of Inner Harbor.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Baltimore road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Baltimore takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Baltimore can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Hersheypark
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Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium

5
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Attractions like Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Ocean City (Speed Boats Tours & Parasailing & Paragliding), Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge) and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, get curious at The Franklin Institute, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and see the interesting displays at Please Touch Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planner .

You can take a train from Baltimore to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocean City, Grey Towers Castle, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
The Franklin Institute ©
The Franklin Institute
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library ©

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