18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Charleston
— 1 day
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Williamsburg
— 1 day
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape May
— 1 night
Drive
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Key West
— 1 night
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Miami
— 3 nights
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Charleston

— 1 day
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Nathaniel Russell House, then take in the local highlights with Charleston History Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Beach Public Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Charleston vacation planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Charleston. In January, daily temperatures in Charleston can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charleston

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 1 day

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 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg trip planning website.

You can fly from Charleston to Williamsburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. In January, Williamsburg is a bit cooler than Charleston - with highs of 50°F and lows of 31°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Williamsburg in January, you will find days in Washington DC are slightly colder (44°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape May.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
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You can drive from Washington DC to Cape May in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape May can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Parks

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Family-friendly places like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), examine the collection at New York Public Library, and don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip app.

Traveling by car from Cape May to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in January, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then steep yourself in history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Team vs Time.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Chicago at 32°F and lows at 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then get curious at Exploratorium, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Chicago to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Key West

— 1 night

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and finally contemplate the long history of Curry Mansion. On your second day here, stop by Isle Cook Key West, admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Fun In The Sun Key West.

Plan a Key West trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Key West takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Key West, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in February, you will find days in Key West are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are much warmer (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Key West

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Miami

— 3 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Valley Visitor Center, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail, then hike along Gumbo Limbo Trail, and then hike along Anhinga Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miami road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Miami takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

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.

Florida travel guide

4.4
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.