17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Philadelphia
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Lancaster
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Gettysburg
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Mount Vernon
— 1 night
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Williamsburg
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Myrtle Beach
— 1 night
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Columbus
— 1 night
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Pensacola Beach
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New Orleans
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Natchez
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Nashville
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Philadelphia

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, then contemplate the long history of Independence Hall, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip itinerary planning app.

Woonsocket to Philadelphia is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Woonsocket in August; daily highs in Philadelphia reach 85°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Lancaster

— 1 night

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland, then steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, then examine the collection at Landis Valley Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Woodward Hill Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lancaster driving holiday site.

Getting from Philadelphia to Lancaster by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Philadelphia in August since evenings lows in Lancaster dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Gettysburg

— 1 night
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 17th (Mon): witness the site of a historic battle at Artworks, contemplate the long history of Jennie Wade House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devils Den.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg road trip app.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Washington DC

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Georgetown University.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Washington DC tour builder site.

You can drive from Gettysburg to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Gettysburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Mount Vernon

— 1 night
Mount Vernon is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. On the 20th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Indian Head Rail Trail, admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and then steep yourself in history at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mount Vernon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Mount Vernon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mount Vernon, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 1 night

Colonial Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, then learn about winemaking at Williamsburg Winery, and finally stop by Yankee Candle Village. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Mount Vernon to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Myrtle Beach

— 1 night
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. On the 23rd (Sun), meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach and then get a taste of the local shopping with Broadway at the Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach trip planning website.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Myrtle Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and car. August in Myrtle Beach sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Columbus.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Columbus

— 1 night
Columbus is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia and the county seat of Muscogee County, with which it is consolidated. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Columbus Riverwalk, then brush up on your military savvy at National Civil War Naval Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Columbus Fall Line Trace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Columbus attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Myrtle Beach to Columbus takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pensacola Beach.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Pensacola Beach

— 1 night
Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Rollins Distillery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Islands National Seashore, and finally kick back and relax at Pensacola Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pensacola Beach tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Pensacola Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Pensacola Beach due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Pensacola Beach are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Pensacola Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 1 night

The Big Easy

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 26th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and finally brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans tour planner.

Drive from Pensacola Beach to New Orleans in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Pensacola Beach in August, you will find days in New Orleans are little chillier (82°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (82°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Natchez

— 1 night
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Rosalie Mansion and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Natchez journey planner.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Natchez takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Natchez, with highs around 89°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 71°F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Museums

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and finally work some fitness into your day at Centennial Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Natchez to Nashville takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.