31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 19 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Daytona Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tampa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

19
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Betterton Beach and Ferry Park. Escape the urban bustle at Old Rag Mountain Hike and National Zoological Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Loch Raven Reservoir (in Phoenix), Baltimore (Sagamore Spirit Distillery & Horseshoe Casino) and Mount Vernon Trail (in Arlington). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Great Falls Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, stroll through Stony Man Mountain Hike, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and ponder the world of politics at White House.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC road trip planning app .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In August, daytime highs in Washington DC are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Arlington, Purcellville, Rock Hall, McLean
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

1
night
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, don't miss a visit to Elkmont Ghost Town, and then admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls. On your second day here, appreciate the views at Cades Cove and then stop by Fontana General Store.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Washington DC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In August, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fontana General Store
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Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Laurel Falls ©
Laurel Falls

2
nights
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 28th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the views from Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Charleston trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Charleston with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in August since evenings lows in Charleston dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Savannah.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

2
nights
Savannah

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the striking features of Historic Savannah Theatre and then take a stroll through Savannah Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Savannah tour planning tool .

You can drive from Charleston to Savannah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Daytona Beach.

Things to do in Savannah

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Hilton Head
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coligny Beach ©
Coligny Beach

2
nights
Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach ©
The iconic seaside destination of Daytona Beach once supported sugar mill plantations, but now entertains up to 8 million visitors a year.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): kick back and relax at Beach at Daytona Beach and then kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Baliker Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Daytona Beach trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Savannah to Daytona Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tampa.

Things to do in Daytona Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Augustine, Canaveral National Seashore, Baliker Gallery
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St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach
Canaveral National Seashore ©
Canaveral National Seashore

3
nights
Tampa

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mongkolrata Temple. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then immerse yourself in nature at Ted Sperling Park, and then stroll through Siesta Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tampa road trip app .

Getting from Daytona Beach to Tampa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Tampa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, Siesta Beach, Ted Sperling Park, Clearwater Beach
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach

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