23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Charlotte
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Charlotte
Drive
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Greensboro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Washington DC
— 7 nights
Drive
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Barnesville
— 1 night
Drive to Philadelphia International Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 1 night
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan

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Charlotte

The Queen City

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.
On the 11th (Fri), examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlotte trip planner.

Ketchikan to Charlotte is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Ketchikan to Charlotte. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Ketchikan in October: highs in Charlotte hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 51°F. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Greensboro.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Greensboro

— 3 nights
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Explore Greensboro's surroundings by going to Old Town Cemetery (in Hillsborough), Durham (Sarah P. Duke Gardens & Duke University Chapel) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Greensboro Science Center, stroll around Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, and appreciate the history behind O. Henry Statues.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Greensboro online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Greensboro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Washington DC.

Things to do in Greensboro

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 7 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore), Frederick (Dragon Distillery, LLC & McClintock Distilling) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center & Gettysburg National Military Park). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planner.

You can drive from Greensboro to Washington DC in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Barnesville.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Barnesville

— 1 night
The unincorporated Pennsylvania community of Barnesville is an neighborhood, part roadside village & part hidden connected side streets where there was buildable land along a transportation corridor typical of much of rural Pennsylvania's small communities. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Maylath Farm and Orchard, immerse yourself in nature at Locust Lake State Park, and then try for a hole-in-one at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Barnesville trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Washington DC to Barnesville in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Barnesville, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Barnesville

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Field Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Barnesville to Chicago with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barnesville to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In October in Chicago, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Lexington

— 1 night

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): try your luck at Keeneland.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington holiday planner.

Drive from Chicago to Lexington in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Lexington due to the time zone difference. In October in Lexington, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games · Casinos
Highlights from your trip

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Gatlinburg (Zipline, Ole Smoky, &more) and Dollywood (in Pigeon Forge). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Asheville trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Asheville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and subway. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.