17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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New York City
— 3 nights
Train
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Ocean City
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Atlantic City
— 1 night
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New York City

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dumbo and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, go for a walk through Times Square, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read New York City trip planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to New York City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Nuremberg in August, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 3 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.
On the 24th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): stop by Georgetown, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Marine Corps, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Mary's Rock Summit Trail and then learn about winemaking at Barren Ridge Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along South River Falls Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, and then hike along Limberlost Trail.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Washington DC in August since evenings lows in Shenandoah National Park dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a splash at Water Country USA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Colonial Williamsburg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Historic Christ Church, and then learn about winemaking at Silver Hand Meadery.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Williamsburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

The Resort City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Virginia, stroll through Virginia Beach, and then go for a walk through King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hunt Club Farm, let the kids burn off some steam at Grommet Island Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Virginia Beach travel planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Ocean City.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Ocean City

— 2 nights

The White Marlin Capital of the World

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 1st (Sun): race across the water with a speed boat tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get your game on at Ocean City Screams Haunted House. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Oceancity Watersports.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ocean City holiday planner.

Getting from Virginia Beach to Ocean City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Ocean City sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Atlantic City.

Things to do in Ocean City

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Adventure

Atlantic City

— 1 night

America's Favorite Playground

The gambling capital of the east coast, Atlantic City is best known for its numerous casinos, colorful boardwalk, and beach.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): try your luck at Caesars Atlantic City Casino, then wander the streets of Atlantic City Boardwalk, then pause for some photo ops at New Jersey Korean War Memorial, and finally walk around Brighton Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Atlantic City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ocean City to Atlantic City takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Atlantic City when traveling from Ocean City in September, with lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Atlantic City

Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping · Neighborhoods

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.