25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Philadelphia
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New York City
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Hartford
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Boston
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Springfield
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Albany
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Syracuse
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Scranton
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Harrisburg
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Lancaster
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Philadelphia

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Morris Arboretum. On the 1st (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Morris Arboretum, explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and finally indulge your taste buds at Philly Brew Tours. On the next day, engage your brain at Penn Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Independence Mall, don't miss a visit to Liberty Bell Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Franklin Square, and finally trek along Schuylkill River Trail.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Philadelphia visit planner.

Newark to Philadelphia is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

New York City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): wander the streets of Greenwich Village, don't miss a visit to Washington Square Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then examine the collection at New York Public Library, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Oculus.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New York City online route planner.

Drive from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hartford.

Things to do in New York City

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hartford

— 2 nights
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cedar Hill Cemetery, take in the views from Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Yale University Art Gallery, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Stony Creek Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Heublein Tower, stroll through Talcott Mountain State Park, then stroll around Northwest Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Real Art Ways, and finally stroll the grounds of Ancient Burying Ground.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hartford trip planner.

Drive from New York City to Hartford in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Hartford are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Boston.

Things to do in Hartford

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Boston

— 5 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Common. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: National Monument to the Forefathers (in Plymouth), RISD Museum (in Providence) and Lizzie Borden House (in Fall River). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, and stroll around Arnold Arboretum.

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Drive from Hartford to Boston in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Hartford in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Boston, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 2 nights
Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. On the 12th (Fri), try your luck at MGM Springfield. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, admire the masterpieces at The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Skinner State Park, then explore the activities along Quabbin Reservoir, and finally appreciate the history behind Basketball Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Springfield vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Boston to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Springfield sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Albany

— 2 nights
Albany is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Thacher State Park, identify plant and animal life at Albany Pine Bush Preserve, then stroll around Cohoes Falls, Falls View Park, then take an in-depth tour of Stephen and Harriet Myers House, and finally admire the striking features of C.H. Evans Brewing Co..

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Albany road trip tool.

You can drive from Springfield to Albany in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Albany, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Syracuse

— 2 nights
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. On your second day here, stop by DROOZ And Company, admire the natural beauty at E.M. Mills Rose Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Webster Pond, then walk around Pratt's Falls Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Niagara Mohawk Building, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Clinton Square.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Syracuse trip planner.

Drive from Albany to Syracuse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Scranton.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Scranton

— 2 nights
Scranton is the sixth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania behind Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie and Reading. On the 18th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Lehigh Gorge Trail. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, stop by Noteology, then see the interesting displays at Everhart Museum, then trek along Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, and finally gain insight at University of Scranton.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Scranton sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Syracuse to Scranton in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Scranton sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Scranton

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Harrisburg

— 3 nights
Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gettysburg National Military Park and Children's Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Harrisburg: Emmitsburg (National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes & National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery, Rupp House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Patrick, get engrossed in the history at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildwood Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Harrisburg trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Scranton to Harrisburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Harrisburg can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lancaster.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Lancaster

— 2 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village, then examine the collection at Rough and Tumble Historical Association, then make a trip to Mascot Roller Mills, and finally take in the views from Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Wright's Ferry Mansion, steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, examine the collection at Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction, then walk around Long's Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Thistle Finch Distillery.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lancaster trip builder.

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Lancaster takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lancaster are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lancaster

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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.