20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
2
Annapolis
— 1 night
3
Baltimore
— 1 night
4
Dewey Beach
— 3 nights
5
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
6
Charlottesville
— 4 nights
7
Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
8
Luray
— 2 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tidal Basin and Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, ponder the world of politics at White House, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and see the interesting displays at International Spy Museum.

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

Side Trips

Arlington, Meadowside Nature Center, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Annapolis

Annapolis ©
Capital of the United States for one year from 1783 to 1784, Annapolis has played a vital role in U.S.
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

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ego Alley ©
Ego Alley
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy
Maryland State House ©
Maryland State House

1
night
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.
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 travel to Dewey Beach.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Soldier's Delight Natural Environment Area, Loch Raven Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Historic Ships in Baltimore ©
Historic Ships in Baltimore
The Walters Art Museum ©
The Walters Art Museum
Loch Raven Reservoir ©
Loch Raven Reservoir

3
nights
Dewey Beach

Dewey Beach ©
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 identify plant and animal life 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, look for all kinds of wild species at 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

Side Trips

Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery, Mary Mother of Peace
Highlights from your plan
Dewey Beach ©
Dewey Beach
James Farm Ecological Preserve ©
James Farm Ecological Preserve
Bethany Beach Nature Center ©
Bethany Beach Nature Center

3
nights
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.
Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Yorktown Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Step out of Williamsburg to go to Newport News and see The Noland Trail, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Colonial National Historical Park, steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, hike along Redoubt Park, and witness the site of a historic battle at Yorktown Battlefield.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg road trip site.

You can drive from Dewey Beach to Williamsburg in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Yorktown, The Noland Trail
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

4
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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 Monticello and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. 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: gain insight at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio, relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, and take an in-depth tour of Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Charlottesville trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Williamsburg in August, with highs in Charlottesville at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Frontier Culture Museum, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, James Madison's Montpelier, Natural Bridge State Park
Highlights from your plan
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Monticello ©
Monticello

2
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
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 steep yourself in history at Port Republic Museum. On the next day, cruise 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

Side Trips

Augusta Military Academy Museum, Grand Caverns, Port Republic Museum
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Grand Caverns ©
Grand Caverns
Augusta Military Academy Museum ©
Augusta Military Academy Museum

2
nights
Luray

Luray ©
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): explore the fascinating underground world of 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 take a memorable tour with Tours, 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 steep yourself in 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

Side Trips

Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill, New Market Battlefield Military Museum
Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

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