17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Train
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Washington DC
— 5 nights
Drive
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Newark
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Cape May
— 1 night
Drive
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Wildwood
— 1 night
Drive
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Independence Hall and National Constitution Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Independence National Historical Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and walk around Washington Square Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Philadelphia tour planner.

Berlin, Germany to Philadelphia is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 5 nights
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 some cultural insight at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Arlington National Cemetery. Get some historical perspective at Gettysburg National Military Park and National Mall. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center (in Gettysburg), George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian American Art Museum, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC journey planner.

Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Newark.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Newark

— 3 nights
Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, 12mi west-southwest of Wilmington. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Amish Farm and House and M/V Bay Breeze of Chesapeake City. Escape the urban bustle at Refreshing Mountain and Turkey Hill Overlook Trail. Explore Newark's surroundings by going to Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (in Strasburg), Adkins Arboretum (in Ridgely) and Lancaster (Dutch Wonderland & St Leo the Great Catholic Church). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Painted Sky Alpaca Farm & Fiber Mill.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Newark trip planner.

Drive from Washington DC to Newark in 2 hours. July in Newark sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Cape May.

Things to do in Newark

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Cape May

— 1 night

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get outside with Atlantic Parasail, enjoy the sea views from Cape May Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Cape May City Beaches.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape May day trip site.

Traveling by car from Newark to Cape May takes 2 hours. In July in Cape May, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wildwood.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

Wildwood

— 1 night
Wildwood is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then kick back and relax at Wildwood Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wildwood online travel route builder.

Wildwood is very close to Cape May. In July, daily temperatures in Wildwood can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Wildwood

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Met Cloisters and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Take the guesswork out of planning a New York City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Wildwood to New York City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in New York City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Delaware travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.