23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Philadelphia
— 1 day
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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Durham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlotte
— 1 day
Drive
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Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jacksonville
— 1 night
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Orlando
— 3 nights
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Tampa
— 1 night
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Tallahassee
— 1 night
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Montgomery
— 1 night
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Roanoke
— 1 night
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia

— 1 day

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Franklin Court, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fireman's Hall, admire the striking features of Carpenters' Hall, then get engrossed in the history at American Philosophical Society Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at 18th Century Garden of the Independence National Historic Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip planning site.

Newark to Philadelphia is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites · Museums

Washington DC

— 1 night
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 2nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African Art, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, then get your bearings at DAR Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Anderson House.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. December in Washington DC sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Durham.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Historic Durham Athletic Park, then enjoy some diversion at Durham Central Park, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Durham History, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bull City Ciderworks.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durham trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Durham takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durham: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charlotte.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Charlotte

— 1 day

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 4th (Fri), explore the world behind art at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, sample the tasty concoctions at Legion Brewing, then steep yourself in history at Historic Rosedale, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Porter's Distillery.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Charlotte trip maker app.

Drive from Durham to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Columbia.

Things to do in Charlotte

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites

Columbia

— 2 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve, then learn about all things military at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Lion Landing, and finally get your game on at Frankie's Fun Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Columbia attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Columbia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Jacksonville.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Jacksonville

— 1 night

The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jacksonville trip planner.

You can drive from Columbia to Jacksonville in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from Columbia in December, things will get a bit warmer in Jacksonville: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. You will leave for Orlando on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Jacksonville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Orlando

— 3 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail and West Orange Trail. Museum-lovers will appreciate Space Shuttle Atlantis and Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: experience the excitement of Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, identify plant and animal life at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for gifts at The LEGO Store.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Orlando trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Jacksonville to Orlando in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Jacksonville in December, Orlando is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampa.

Things to do in Orlando

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tampa

— 1 night

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
On the 10th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, walk around Waterworks Park, then get engrossed in the history at Ybor City State Museum, and finally walk around Jose Marti Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampa road trip tool.

Drive from Orlando to Tampa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Tallahassee.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Tallahassee

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Grove Museum, steep yourself in history at Florida Governor's Mansion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, and finally engage your brain at Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tallahassee online holiday planner.

Getting from Tampa to Tallahassee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa in December, expect Tallahassee to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Montgomery

— 1 night
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Court Square, appreciate the history behind Hank Williams Statue, then engage your brain at W.A. Gayle Planetarium, then examine the collection at The MOOseum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Equal Justice Initiative.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Montgomery itinerary planner.

Getting from Tallahassee to Montgomery by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallahassee to Montgomery. Traveling from Tallahassee in December, things will get slightly colder in Montgomery: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Atlanta.

Things to do in Montgomery

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 14th (Mon), stop by Virginia-Highland, take a stroll through Inman Park, then examine the collection at Fire Station No. 6, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Atlanta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Atlanta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Montgomery to Atlanta due to the time zone difference. In December in Atlanta, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Knoxville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society and then sample the fine beverages at Knox Whiskey Works.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Knoxville trip planner.

You can fly from Atlanta to Knoxville in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta in December, things will get little chillier in Knoxville: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Roanoke.

Things to do in Knoxville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites

Roanoke

— 1 night
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Lick Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Roanoke journey website.

Drive from Knoxville to Roanoke in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Roanoke are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Roanoke

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Washington DC

— 3 nights
Heurich House Museum and Blair House will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vietnam Women's Memorial and St Patrick's Catholic Church. See some other sides of Washington DC: see the interesting displays at Petersen Boarding House, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, and steep yourself in history at Church of the Epiphany.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Roanoke to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Lakota Wolf Preserve and Speed Boats Tours. Bring the kids along to Photography Tours and World Trade Center's Liberty Park. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Duke Farms in Hillsborough--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Dumbo, walk around SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery, admire the striking features of The Oculus, and examine the collection at The Morgan Library & Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City day trip planning website.

You can drive from Washington DC to New York City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.