21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Drive
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Washington DC
— 6 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Philadelphia
— 5 nights
Train
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New York City
— 5 nights
Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Washington

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Washington DC — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arlington National Cemetery and National Mall. Gettysburg National Military Park and George Washington's Mount Vernon will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Roddy Road Covered Bridge (in Thurmont) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery, Monument to Major General George Gordon Meade, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, appreciate the history behind Korean War Veterans Memorial, take a stroll through Old Town, and step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC day trip planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in September since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Williamsburg.
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Williamsburg — 4 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jamestown Settlement and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Williamsburg: Charles City (Edgewood Plantation, Shirley Plantation, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, admire the striking features of Wren Building, take in the history at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and don't miss a visit to Rosewell Ruins.

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You can drive from Washington DC to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 5 nights

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape May Lighthouse and Cape May City Beaches. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape May County Park & Zoo and Independence Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Cape May (Emlen Physick Estate & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Independence National Historical Park. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Joseph's Church, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley.

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You can fly from Williamsburg to Philadelphia in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to New York City.
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New York City — 5 nights

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 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Kids will appreciate attractions like Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and The Met Cloisters. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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