21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25​h
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
8
Boston
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Street and French Quarter. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Frenchmen Street and Faulkner House Books. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Joseph Plantation (in Vacherie), Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and Abita Brewing Company (in Abita Springs). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation, and view the masterpieces at Jamie Hayes Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read New Orleans vacation builder website .

Cape Town, South Africa to New Orleans is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to New Orleans is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in September, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are warmer (33°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St. Joseph Plantation, Abita Brewing Company, Destrehan Plantation, Whitney Plantation, Nottoway Plantation
Highlights from your plan
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Garden District ©
Garden District
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then make a trip to Beale Street, and finally look for gifts at A. Schwab. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Memphis, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Southland Park Gaming and Racing ©
Southland Park Gaming and Racing

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, then take in the history at Stones River National Battlefield, then learn about winemaking at Arrington Vineyards, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then stop by Hatch Show Print, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nashville, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Arrington Vineyards, Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
McGavock Confederate Cemetery ©
McGavock Confederate Cemetery

1
night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, shop like a local with SouthPark, then revel in the low prices at Charlotte Premium Outlets, and finally see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Charlotte trip maker .

You can fly from Nashville to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlotte

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
SouthPark ©
SouthPark
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Mint Museum Uptown ©
Mint Museum Uptown

2
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
On the 21st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Pamplin Historical Park, then stroll the grounds of Blandford Church and Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at St. John's Episcopal Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Shockoe Bottom Clay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Hollywood Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, then take in the exciting artwork at Crossroads Art Center, then indulge your taste buds at Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market, and finally take a stroll through Short Pump Mall.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Richmond trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Richmond takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September in Richmond, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Petersburg, Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Cemetery ©
Hollywood Cemetery
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Pamplin Historical Park ©
Pamplin Historical Park

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Newseum, explore and take pictures at National Mall, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns.

Find out how to plan Washington DC trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Richmond to Washington DC by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Mall ©
National Mall

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, and then admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read New York City tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

3
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail, then wander the streets of Newbury Street, then hunt for treasures at Quincy Market, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Bunker Hill Monument, explore the galleries of The House of the Seven Gables, then stop by Kittery Trading Post, and finally explore the galleries of Strawbery Banke Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Boston tour website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Boston hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

The House of the Seven Gables, Kittery Trading Post, Strawbery Banke Museum
Highlights from your plan
Strawbery Banke Museum ©
Strawbery Banke Museum
Old North Church & Historic Site ©
Old North Church & Historic Site
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables

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