23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Mount Vernon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Philadelphia
— 7 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

6
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've now added James Madison's Montpelier to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and The Walters Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: U.S. Naval Academy (in Annapolis), Little Round Top (in Gettysburg) and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (in Baltimore). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Washington DC is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Washington DC. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Washington DC to be cooler, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Baltimore, Arlington, Little Round Top, James Madison's Montpelier, U.S. Naval Academy
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon ©
Mount Vernon is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum and then contemplate the long history of Historic Port Tobacco Village. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ford Orientation Center, steep yourself in history at Birthplace National Monument, and then steep yourself in history at Thomas Stone National Historic Site.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mount Vernon trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Mount Vernon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mount Vernon, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Port Tobacco, Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum
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Thomas Stone National Historic Site ©
Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum ©
Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum
Ford Orientation Center ©
Ford Orientation Center

7
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Explore hidden gems such as Longwood Gardens and Barnes Foundation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex (in Harrisburg), Princeton (Princeton University & Princeton University Art Museum) and AACA Museum, Inc. (in Hershey). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from One Liberty Observation Deck, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, and get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip tool .

You can drive from Mount Vernon to Philadelphia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Princeton, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex, Longwood Gardens, AACA Museum, Inc.
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Urban Axes Philadelphia ©
Urban Axes Philadelphia
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, browse the exhibits of The Met Cloisters, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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