31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Princeton
— 1 night
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Atlantic City
— 2 nights
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Cape May
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia
— 5 nights
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Hershey
— 2 nights
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Gettysburg
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 6 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
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Jersey City
— 1 night
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Princeton

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park, identify plant and animal life at The Raptor Trust Center, and then make a trip to Princeton University Chapel. On your second day here, deepen your understanding at Duke Farms, look for gifts at The Fudge Shoppe, and then pick up some local products at Shady Brook Farm.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Princeton trip maker tool.

New York City to Princeton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Atlantic City.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Atlantic City

— 2 nights

America's Favorite Playground

The gambling capital of the east coast, Atlantic City is best known for its numerous casinos, colorful boardwalk, and beach.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at Smithville Peanut Butter Company, then look for all kinds of wild species at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, then identify plant and animal life at Cloverdale Farm County Park, and finally stop by Downtown Ocean City. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Historic Smithville and then see majestic marine mammals with Badfish Fishing Charters.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Atlantic City road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Princeton to Atlantic City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or take a train. In December in Atlantic City, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cape May.

Things to do in Atlantic City

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape May

— 4 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gallery 37- A Destination for Artful Living and Emlen Physick Estate. Visit Sunset Beach and Cape May City Beaches for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Antique Alley of Bridgeville, LLC (in Bridgeville), Abbott's Mill Nature Center (in Milford) and Lewes (Cape Henlopen State Park & Lewes Beach). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at South Cape May Meadows, buy something for everyone on your list at Washington Street Mall, stroll through Cape May Point State Park, and look for gifts at Cape May Olive Oil Company.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape May itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Atlantic City to Cape May in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cape May are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 5 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Do your shopping at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Rittenhouse Square. Your inner history buff will appreciate Valley Forge National Historical Park and The Mill at Anselma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Tabora Farm and Orchard (in Chalfont) and Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Tap Room (in Bethlehem). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, hike along Kelly Drive, and admire the landmark architecture of City Hall Visitor Center.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip builder.

Drive from Cape May to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilmington

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, admire the masterpieces at Brandywine River Museum of Art, then learn about winemaking at Chaddsford Winery, and finally try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, stop by Eclat Chocolate, and then admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington day trip site.

Getting from Philadelphia to Wilmington by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hershey.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Hershey

— 2 nights

Chocolatetown, USA

Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
On the 29th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Indian Echo Caverns, identify plant and animal life at Wolf Sanctuary of PA, then shop like a local with The Village Farm Market, and finally look for gifts at National Christmas Center. On the next day, get interesting insight from The Falconry Experience, steep yourself in history at Ephrata Cloister, and then explore the wide array of goods at Good's Store.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hershey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Hershey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hershey can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Hershey

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg

— 4 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.
Visit Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Savor Gettysburg Food Tours and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (in Harpers Ferry), Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery (in Middletown) and Markets at Shrewsbury (in Glen Rock). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and stop by The Christmas Haus.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hershey to Gettysburg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 6 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Visit Washington National Cathedral and Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville), Baltimore (Hampden, Horseshoe Casino, &more) and Washington (R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery & Little Washington Spa). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Washington DC journey builder website.

Drive from Gettysburg to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gettysburg in January: highs in Washington DC hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Pittsburgh

— 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Washington and Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Playthings Etc. and Merrick Art Gallery. Step out of Pittsburgh to go to Mill Run and see Fallingwater, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, shop like a local with Pittsburgh Glass Center, and admire the striking features of Hartwood Acres Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pittsburgh road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect Pittsburgh to be little chillier, temps between 35°F and 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jersey City.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jersey City

— 1 night
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Liberty State Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Outlet Collection - Jersey Gardens, then stop by Words Bookstore, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Eagle Rock Reservation.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jersey City trip planner.

You can fly from Pittsburgh to Jersey City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. January in Jersey City sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Casinos · 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.

Delaware travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.