25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Chantilly
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Savannah
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Gettysburg (Dobbin House Tavern & Gettysburg National Cemetery). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC day trip app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Washington DC is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Washington DC. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Washington DC to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Your inner history buff will appreciate George Washington's Mount Vernon and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of the Marine Corps and Shriver House Museum. Explore Arlington's surroundings by going to St. Clement's Island Museum (in Coltons Point) and Historic Downtown Frederick (in Frederick).

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arlington online itinerary maker .

Arlington is just a stone's throw from Washington DC. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chantilly.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

George Washington's Mount Vernon, Shriver House Museum, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Historic Downtown Frederick, St. Clement's Island Museum
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George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

3
nights
Chantilly

Chantilly ©
Chantilly is a census-designated place (CDP) in western Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Get some historical perspective at Antietam National Battlefield and White Hall Tavern. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church. Explore Chantilly's surroundings by going to Harpers Ferry (John Brown's Fort & The Point) and National Sporting Library & Museum (in Middleburg). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Inside Ski Training Center, witness the site of a historic battle at Ox Hill Battlefield Park, and contemplate the long history of Sully Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chantilly trip maker site .

Chantilly is very close to Arlington. Traveling from Arlington in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Chantilly, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Chantilly

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry, Antietam National Battlefield, National Sporting Library & Museum, Inside Ski Training Center
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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
White Hall Tavern ©
White Hall Tavern

2
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, find something for the whole family at Full Throttle Speedway, then immerse yourself in nature at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Life On A Sandbar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nags Head trip planner .

Getting from Chantilly to Nags Head by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Chantilly in December, expect Nags Head to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©

2
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nathaniel Russell House and then get engrossed in the history at Patriots Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Angel Oak Tree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Charleston takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. While traveling from Nags Head, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Charleston, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Patriots Point, Angel Oak Tree
Highlights from your plan
Patriots Point ©
Patriots Point
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Angel Oak Tree ©
Angel Oak Tree

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Fort Pulaski National Monument and Olde Pink House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Coligny Beach and Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Take a break from Savannah with a short trip to Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum in Tybee Island, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First African Baptist Church, learn about all things military at Old Fort Jackson, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Savannah holiday planning app .

Drive from Charleston to Savannah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Savannah can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum

5
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
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 some historical perspective at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Stetson Mansion. Kids will enjoy Universal Orlando Resort and Ormond Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Orlando side-trips: Cape Canavarel National Cemetery (in Scottsmoor) and St. Augustine Beach (in Saint Augustine Beach). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Orlando road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Savannah to Orlando takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, Orlando is somewhat warmer than Savannah - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Stetson Mansion, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Cape Canavarel National Cemetery, St. Augustine Beach
Highlights from your plan
World of Disney ©
World of Disney
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion