24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Minneapolis
— 9 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Watkins Glen
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Diego

9
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Harriet, and explore and take pictures at Summit Avenue.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis online route maker .

San Diego to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for New York City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Chanhassen, Extreme Sandbox, National Eagle Center
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Extreme Sandbox ©
Extreme Sandbox
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center

5
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, wander the streets of Times Square, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Minneapolis to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Watkins Glen: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (in Canandaigua), Letchworth State Park (in Castile) and Hammondsport (Glenn H. Curtiss Museum & Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, see the interesting displays at Corning Museum of Glass, admire the sheer force of Aunt Sarah's Falls, and learn about winemaking at McGregor Vineyard.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Watkins Glen travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Watkins Glen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, Watkins Glen is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hammondsport, Letchworth State Park, Leonard Harrison State Park, Lively Run Dairy, Taughannock Falls State Park
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Corning Museum of Glass ©
Corning Museum of Glass
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the architecture and design of University of Pennsylvania, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then hike along Kelly Drive, and finally ponder the design of Longwood Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Bell Center.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia road trip planning website .

You can fly from Watkins Glen to Philadelphia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Watkins Glen in August, Philadelphia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Classes

Side Trip

Longwood Gardens
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

3
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planning app .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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