25 days in Continental USA Itinerary

25 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Princeton
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 6 nights
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Newark
— 3 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
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Baltimore
— 4 nights
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Kennett Square
— 1 night
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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Princeton

— 3 nights

College Town

Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Princeton side-trips: Amazing Escape Room Freehold (in Freehold), Henry Hudson Trail (in Marlboro) and Sri Guruvayoorappan Temple (in Morganville). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Princeton University Chapel, center your mind and body at Alchemy Mind and Body, get a taste of the local shopping with Shady Brook Farm, and contemplate the long history of Washington Crossing Historic Park.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Princeton trip itinerary tool.

Washington DC to Princeton is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Princeton to be a bit cooler, temps between 46°F and 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Princeton

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

New York City

— 6 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Princeton to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in New York City are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Newark.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Newark

— 3 nights
Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newark: Christ Church (in New Brunswick), Easton Tower (in Paramus) and High Point Cross Country Ski Center (in Sussex). There's lots more to do: have fun at Gun For Hire Shooting Range, relax and rejuvenate at Soul Flyte, stop by Words Bookstore, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lucy's Church.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Newark travel route website.

Traveling by car from New York City to Newark takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. January in Newark sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Newark

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Pittsburgh

— 1 night

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the local highlights with Walk the Burgh Tours, then see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Newark to Pittsburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Newark in January, you will find days in Pittsburgh are a bit cooler (35°F), and nights are about the same (21°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Tours · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Gettysburg

— 2 nights
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Carroll Arts Center, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Games Live, and then get the lay of the land with Grave Digger Tours. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and then pause for some photo ops at National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg trip planner.

You can fly from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Baltimore.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks · Tours · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Baltimore

— 4 nights

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Explore Baltimore's surroundings by going to Big Escape Rooms (in Silver Spring), Lockhouse 10 (in Cabin John) and Ilovekickboxing (in Hyattsville). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery, take a stroll through Hampden, stop by Charles Village, and explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Baltimore day trip planner.

You can drive from Gettysburg to Baltimore in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. January in Baltimore sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kennett Square.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Spas

Side Trips

Kennett Square

— 1 night
Kennett Square is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Brandywine River Museum of Art, look for gifts at The Mushroom Cap, and then take in the pleasant sights at Longwood Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kennett Square trip builder website.

You can drive from Baltimore to Kennett Square in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Baltimore in January, expect Kennett Square to be little chillier, temps between 37°F and 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Kennett Square

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Philadelphia

— 4 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Philadelphia is known for museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: gain insight at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, admire the masterpieces at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, admire the striking features of City Hall Visitor Center, and ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia travel route website.

Traveling by car from Kennett Square to Philadelphia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trip

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
Casinos · Specialty Museums · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

Maryland travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.