18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charleston
1
Charleston
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Williamsburg
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Cape May
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Key West
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Charleston

1
day
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nathaniel Russell House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Charleston History Tours, and then kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleston trip itinerary maker site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Charleston. In January, daytime highs in Charleston are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Folly Beach Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
Nathaniel Russell House ©
Nathaniel Russell House

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Colonial Williamsburg.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Charleston to Williamsburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Charleston in January, with highs in Williamsburg at 50°F and lows at 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
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Williamsburg in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape May travel route tool .

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, daytime highs in Cape May are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off toNew York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Times Square and 9/11 Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, stop by Firenze Jewels, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City planner .

Drive from Cape May to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 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
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
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): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally get your game on at Team vs Time.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from New York City to Chicago by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 32°F and lows about 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Chicago to San Francisco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 30th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then take a stroll through The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Neon Museum, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, push the limits with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, and finally examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip builder app .

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Key West

Key West ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and finally steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Isle Cook Key West, take in nature's colorful creations at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally take a memorable tour with Fun In The Sun Key West.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Key West trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Key West takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in February, expect nights in Key West to be much hotter, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

3
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then shop like a local with Lincoln Road, then identify plant and animal life at Shark Valley, and finally browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gumbo Limbo Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Miami travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Key West to Miami in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Miami are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail