17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Provincetown
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Boston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Miami

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Manassas National Battlefield Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip maker .

Miami to Washington DC is an approximately 5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Miami in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Washington DC, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manassas National Battlefield Park
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Jennie Wade House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Rupp House.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Gettysburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in Gettysburg hover around 81°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Jennie Wade House ©
Jennie Wade House
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Evergreen Cemetery ©
Evergreen Cemetery

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, engage your brain at The Franklin Institute, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia road trip planner .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Gettysburg in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Philadelphia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Jones Beach State Park and then stroll through Tobay Beach. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Gateway National Recreation, kick back and relax at Gunnison Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to New York City by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandy Hook, Jones Beach State Park, Tobay Beach
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Gateway National Recreation ©
Gateway National Recreation
St. Paul's Chapel ©
St. Paul's Chapel
Jones Beach State Park ©
Jones Beach State Park

1
night
Provincetown

Provincetown ©
A small resort town with a year-round population of just 3,000, Provincetown draws nearly 60,000 annual visitors with its scenic beaches, art colonies, galleries, theaters, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Provincetown Town Hall, then appreciate the history behind Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, and then stroll through Long Point.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Provincetown road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from New York City to Provincetown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Provincetown to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Boston.

Things to do in Provincetown

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Long Point ©
Long Point
Provincetown Town Hall ©
Provincetown Town Hall

2
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Granary Burying Ground, enjoy the sand and surf at Nantasket Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of The House of the Seven Gables. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and then get engrossed in the history at New England Holocaust Memorial.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Boston trip itinerary planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Provincetown to Boston in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Boston can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

The House of the Seven Gables, Nantasket Beach
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
New England Holocaust Memorial ©
New England Holocaust Memorial

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and then kick back and relax at New Buffalo Public Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ohio Street Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosewood Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chicago route site .

Getting from Boston to Chicago by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

New Buffalo Public Beach, Rosewood Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ohio Street Beach ©
Ohio Street Beach
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center
Buckingham Fountain ©
Buckingham Fountain

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Garden District, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Chicago to New Orleans by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

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