17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cape May
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Lewes
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Rehoboth Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Ocean City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Baltimore
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dumbo and The Morgan Library & Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lakota Wolf Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Duke Farms (in Hillsborough), Silverball Pinball Museum (in Asbury Park) and Yale University Art Gallery (in New Haven). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the striking features of The Oculus, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder site .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New York City is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get slightly colder in New York City: highs are around 48°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Duke Farms, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dumbo, Yale University Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Lakota Wolf Preserve ©
Lakota Wolf Preserve
Duke Farms ©
Duke Farms
Minnewaska State Park Preserve ©
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

1
night
Cape May

Cape May ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from World War II Lookout Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape May trip planner .

Getting from New York City to Cape May by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Lewes.

Things to do in Cape May

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center of Cape May ©
Nature Center of Cape May
Historic Cold Spring Village ©
Historic Cold Spring Village
World War II Lookout Tower ©
World War II Lookout Tower

1
night
Lewes

Lewes ©
Lewes is an incorporated city on the Delaware Bay in eastern Sussex County, Delaware. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Marvel Carriage Museum.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lewes trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Cape May to Lewes in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rehoboth Beach.

Things to do in Lewes

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Marvel Carriage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lightship Overfalls ©
Lightship Overfalls
Nassau Valley Vineyards ©
Nassau Valley Vineyards
Lewes Historical Society ©
Lewes Historical Society

1
night
Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach ©
The population of the city of Rehoboth Beach expands by 25,000 every summer.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Revelation Craft Brewing Company and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Edmond's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rehoboth Beach tour planner.

Rehoboth Beach is just a stone's throw from Lewes. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ocean City.

Things to do in Rehoboth Beach

Wildlife Parks Golf

Side Trips

Bethany Beach, James Farm Ecological Preserve, Baywood Greens Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
James Farm Ecological Preserve ©
James Farm Ecological Preserve
Bethany Beach Nature Center ©
Bethany Beach Nature Center
Baywood Greens Golf Course ©
Baywood Greens Golf Course

1
night
Ocean City

Ocean City ©
One of the country's favorite vacation resorts, Ocean City draws nearly 8 million visitors annually with its oceanfront boardwalk, clean beaches, and amusement parks.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the waterfront at Oceanic Fishing Pier and then get your game on at Ocean City Screams Haunted House.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ocean City travel planner .

Getting from Rehoboth Beach to Ocean City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. December in Ocean City sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Ocean City

Golf Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Berlin, Costa Ventosa Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links ©
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links
Burley Oak Brewing Company ©
Burley Oak Brewing Company
Art League of Ocean City ©
Art League of Ocean City

2
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, see the interesting displays at Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, then stroll through Currituck Banks Reserve, then appreciate the history behind Norwegian Lady Statue, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Ocean City to Virginia Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Ocean City in January, expect nights in Virginia Beach to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Riddick's Folly House Museum, Currituck Banks Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge ©
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Currituck Banks Reserve ©
Currituck Banks Reserve

3
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and Hughlett Point Natural Area. Step out of the city life by going to Freedom Park and Redoubt Park. Get out of town with these interesting Williamsburg side-trips: Historic Christ Church (in Irvington), USS Monitor Center (in Newport News) and Good Luck Cellars (in Kilmarnock). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at General's Ridge Vineyard and Winery, trek along Greensprings Greenway Interpretative Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Virginia Beer Company, and examine the collection at Virginia Aviation Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Williamsburg driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. January in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Baltimore.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hague, USS Monitor Center, Colonial National Historical Park, Hughlett Point Natural Area, Historic Christ Church
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Park ©
Freedom Park
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church ©
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church
Good Luck Cellars ©
Good Luck Cellars

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sagamore Spirit Distillery and Centennial Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Hampden and Jewish Museum of Maryland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baltimore: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (in Vienna) and Quiet Waters Park (in Annapolis). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Mount Vernon Cultural District, take an in-depth tour of Baltimore Museum of Industry, see the interesting displays at National Cryptologic Museum, and explore and take pictures at Federal Hill Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Baltimore trip site .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Baltimore in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Williamsburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Baltimore, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Centennial Park, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Quiet Waters Park
Highlights from your plan
Sagamore Spirit Distillery ©
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Quiet Waters Park ©
Quiet Waters Park

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