20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive
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Annapolis
— 1 night
Drive
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Baltimore
— 1 night
Drive
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Dewey Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luray
— 2 nights
Drive

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary and Meadowside Nature Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from Costa Rica, the closest major aiports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Joint Base Andrews. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Annapolis.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Annapolis

— 1 night
Capital of the United States for one year from 1783 to 1784, Annapolis has played a vital role in U.S. history.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Naval Academy, explore the activities along Ego Alley, and then contemplate the long history of Maryland State House.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Annapolis online journey planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to Annapolis in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Annapolis, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Baltimore.

Things to do in Annapolis

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Baltimore

— 1 night

City of Firsts

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Baltimore trip tool.

Traveling by car from Annapolis to Baltimore takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Baltimore sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dewey Beach.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dewey Beach

— 3 nights
Dewey Beach is an incorporated coastal town in eastern Sussex County, Delaware, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Dewey Beach, trek along Bethany Beach Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Bethany Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One, then tour the pleasant surroundings at James Farm Ecological Preserve, and finally learn about winemaking at Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Mary Mother of Peace, stroll through Bethany Beach Nature Center, immerse yourself in nature at Fenwick Island State Park, then see the interesting displays at DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dewey Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Baltimore to Dewey Beach takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Baltimore in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Dewey Beach, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Dewey Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Williamsburg

— 3 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.
Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Colonial National Historical Park and Yorktown Beach. Step out of Williamsburg to go to Newport News and see The Noland Trail, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, browse the exhibits of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, take a memorable drive along Colonial Parkway, and take in the history at Yorktown Battlefield.

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Drive from Dewey Beach to Williamsburg in 4 hours. August in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 4 nights

Hoo-Ville

Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Get some historical perspective at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio. Visiting Natural Bridge State Park and Saunders-Monticello Trail will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Frontier Culture Museum (in Staunton) and James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Monticello, relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, take an in-depth tour of Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, and learn about winemaking at Jefferson Vineyards.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville online trip maker.

Getting from Williamsburg to Charlottesville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Charlottesville is little chillier than Williamsburg - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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 16th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Dean Cemetery, take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Skyland, then hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and finally get engrossed in the history at Port Republic Museum. On the next day, explore the activities along Skyline Drive, learn about all things military at Augusta Military Academy Museum, and then Head underground at Grand Caverns.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Shenandoah National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Luray

— 2 nights

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns, examine the collection at Luray Valley Museum & Shenandoah Heritage Village, then get engrossed in the history at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally stroll through Stony Man Mountain Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at River Hill Wine & Spirits, see the interesting displays at Cooter's in Luray, hike along Massanutten Storybook Trail, then witness the site of a historic battle at New Market Battlefield Military Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill, and finally hike along Kennedy Peak Hike.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Luray visit planner.

Drive from Shenandoah National Park to Luray in 1.5 hours. August in Luray sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.