21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 12 nights
Fly
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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Washington DC — 12 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 Antietam National Battlefield and Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary. Washington National Cathedral and Arlington National Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (in Lothian), Bruce Snake Gabrielson's Surf Art Gallery and Museum (in Chesapeake Beach) and Rockville (Meadowside Nature Center & Croydon Creek Nature Center). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Washington DC. June in Washington DC sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Virginia Beach.
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Virginia Beach — 3 nights

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at First Landing State Park, learn the secrets of beer at Tarnished Truth Distilling Co., then sample the fine beverages at Chesapeake Bay Distillery, then examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at Virginia Beach Antique Mall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandbridge Beach, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Virginia Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Columbia.
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Columbia — 2 nights

Columbia is a town in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Vineyards On The Scuppernong, play a few rounds at Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation, and then make a trip to Newbold-White House.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Columbia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Columbia in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Columbia can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bryson City.
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Bryson City — 3 nights

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Visit Little Greenbrier School and Walker Sisters' Cabin for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Townsend Wye. Change things up with these side-trips from Bryson City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Chimney Tops Trail & Clingmans Dome). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bryson City attractions website.

Drive from Columbia to Bryson City in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Columbia in July, things will get a bit cooler in Bryson City: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sun).
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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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