18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Drive:  4​h
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Baltimore
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Milan

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Hudson Beach Glass and Main Avenue Galleria. Step off the beaten path and head to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Bushkill Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to East Stroudsburg (Resica Falls & Country Kettle). There's more to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary builder website .

Boston to New York City is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Boston in August, New York City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

East Stroudsburg, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Bushkill Falls, Main Avenue Galleria, Hudson Beach Glass
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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 9th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and finally ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at Olive Lucy, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, then browse for treasures at Royal Port Antiques, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia trip site .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Baltimore.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Olive Lucy, Royal Port Antiques
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Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

2
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.
On the 11th (Sun), wander the streets of Fell's Point, admire the architecture and history at Fort McHenry National Monument, then browse the fresh offerings at Diehl's Produce Market, and finally brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Naval Academy. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Federal Hill Park, then take a stroll through Inner Harbor, and then admire all the interesting features of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Baltimore trip planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to Baltimore by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Baltimore are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Diehl's Produce Market, U.S. Naval Academy
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U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy
Fell's Point ©
Fell's Point

3
nights
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 13th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Marine Corps, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner .

You can take a train from Baltimore to Washington DC in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Torpedo Factory Art Center, National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery 202, take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, and finally look for gifts at Hatch Show Print. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nashville driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Nashville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Tennessee State Museum ©
Tennessee State Museum

2
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Children's Museum of Illinois. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Heritage Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Nashville to Springfield in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nashville in August: high temperatures in Springfield hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lincoln Heritage Museum, Children's Museum of Illinois
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Illinois State Museum ©
Illinois State Museum

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 20th (Tue), look for gifts at The Spice House, then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

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