21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Abingdon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and World Trade Center's Liberty Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City day trip planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, you will find days in New York City are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Food Tours

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg) and Gettysburg National Cemetery (in Gettysburg). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip builder .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Arlington, Gettysburg, Antietam National Battlefield, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Skyline Drive and Monticello. Explore Shenandoah National Park's surroundings by going to Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville), Charlottesville (Carter Mountain Orchard & University of Virginia) and Luray (Birdsong Pleasure Garden & Luray Caverns). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier and don't miss a visit to Dean Cemetery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Shenandoah National Park when traveling from Washington DC in October, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Abingdon.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Charlottesville, Luray, Copper Fox Distillery, James Madison's Montpelier
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Monticello ©
Monticello
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard

1
night
Abingdon

Abingdon ©
Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): trek along Virginia Creeper Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Abingdon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Shenandoah National Park to Abingdon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Abingdon

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beer Tastings & Tours and Downtown Nashville. There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Fontanel Mansion, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner .

Drive from Abingdon to Nashville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Abingdon to Nashville is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Abingdon in October, expect nights in Nashville to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game and Garden District. Change things up with these side-trips from New Orleans: Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, explore and take pictures at New Orleans Musical Legends Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and walk around New Orleans City Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the New Orleans online travel planner .

Fly from Nashville to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nashville in October, you will find days in New Orleans are little chillier (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

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