17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Savannah
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Birmingham
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Montgomery
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Selma
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Baton Rouge
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Natchitoches
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
End: New York City

3
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Middleton Place, and don't miss a visit to Charleston Fire Department, Station 2/3.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston trip itinerary builder .

New York City to Charleston is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Charleston hover around 63°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

H. L. Hunley
Highlights from your plan
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savannah: Hilton Head (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, & more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Savannah Historic District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, don't miss a visit to River Street Savannah, and walk around Forsyth Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Savannah day trip site .

Getting from Charleston to Savannah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Savannah can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hilton Head
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Savannah Historic District ©
Savannah Historic District
Ghost & Vampire Tours
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

1
night
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Vulcan Park and Museum, then see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Birmingham day trip planner.

Getting from Savannah to Birmingham by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Savannah in December, with highs in Birmingham at 59°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Vulcan Park and Museum ©
Vulcan Park and Museum

2
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Jackson Lake Island, take an in-depth tour of Equal Justice Initiative, then have some family-friendly fun at Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex, and finally contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Freedom Rides Museum, then appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice, then get engrossed in the history at Legacy Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Montgomery journey app .

Traveling by car from Birmingham to Montgomery takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Montgomery can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Selma.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Jackson Lake Island
Highlights from your plan
Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex ©
Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex
Legacy Museum ©
Legacy Museum
National Memorial for Peace and Justice ©

1
night
Selma

Selma ©
Selma is a city in and the county seat of Dallas County, in the Black Belt region of south central Alabama and extending to the west. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Live Oak Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brown Chapel AME Church, and then snap pictures at Edmund Pettus Bridge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Selma road trip planner .

Getting from Montgomery to Selma by car takes about an hour. December in Selma sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Selma

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Brown Chapel AME Church ©
Brown Chapel AME Church
Old Live Oak Cemetery ©
Old Live Oak Cemetery
Edmund Pettus Bridge ©
Edmund Pettus Bridge

3
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Vacherie (Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation), Lake Martin (in Breaux Bridge) and Madewood Plantation (in Napoleonville). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation, don't miss a visit to Louisiana Memorial Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Baton Rouge trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Selma to Baton Rouge by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. December in Baton Rouge sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vacherie, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Lake Martin, Madewood Plantation, Nottoway Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
Nottoway Plantation ©
Nottoway Plantation
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

3
nights
Natchitoches

Natchitoches ©
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping, and then contemplate the long history of Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, then trek along Cane River National Heritage Trail, and finally look for gifts at Natchitoches Pecans.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Natchitoches trip itinerary website .

Getting from Baton Rouge to Natchitoches by car takes about 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Natchitoches Pecans
Highlights from your plan
Natchitoches Pecans ©
Natchitoches Pecans

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