32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Bus:  11​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Baltimore
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Richmond
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Miami
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  12​h
End: Brussels

4
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alex Ferrone Gallery and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gateway National Recreation and William Floyd Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley) and Amazing Olive (in Port Jefferson). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, look for gifts at Kalustyan's, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our New York City online trip itinerary builder .

Brussels, Belgium to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in New York City are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Alex Ferrone Gallery, Gateway National Recreation, Amazing Olive, William Floyd Estate
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Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get some historical perspective at Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center. Atlantic City Boardwalk and Philadelphia Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (in Kempton), Riehl's Quilts & Crafts (in Leola) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). And it doesn't end there: admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens, steep yourself in history at Powel House, and explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip planner .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Baltimore.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Riehl's Quilts and Crafts, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Atlantic City Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

4
nights
Baltimore

Baltimore ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gettysburg National Military Park and Arlington National Cemetery. You'll explore and learn at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Change things up with a short trip to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take in the history at Fort McHenry National Monument.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Baltimore holiday planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Baltimore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Baltimore when traveling from Philadelphia in December, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Baltimore

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

4
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.
Visit Arlington National Cemetery and Tomb of the Unknowns for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at r. h. ballard shop & gallery and Newseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Wine Loves Chocolate (in Washington), Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Baltimore to Washington DC takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Baltimore in December, with highs in Washington DC at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Arlington, Washington, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Port of Leonardtown Winery
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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

4
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Historic Jamestowne. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to High Bridge Trail State Park and The Hague Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Richmond: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (in Appomattox), Jamestown Settlement (in Williamsburg) and Historic Christ Church (in Irvington). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, head off the coast to Jamestown Island, stop by For the Love of Chocolate, and learn about winemaking at Good Luck Cellars.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Richmond online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Richmond takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Williamsburg, High Bridge Trail State Park, Historic Christ Church, Monticello, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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.
Visit Stetson Mansion and Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Orlando International Premium Outlets or The LEGO Store. Get out of town with these interesting Orlando side-trips: Crystal River (Crystal River Preserve State Park & Scuba & Snorkeling), Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (in Ponce Inlet) and Alpaca Magic USA (in Homosassa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, get some fabulous bargains at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, and get a taste of the local shopping with International Drive.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Orlando sightseeing tool .

Getting from Richmond to Orlando by combination of flight, taxi, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Richmond in January: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 25°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Crystal River, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Stetson Mansion, Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

6
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Collins Avenue and Big Cypress Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sawgrass Mills and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Robert Is Here Fruit Stand (in Homestead), Everglades City (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Speed Boats Tours) and Anhinga Trail (in Everglades National Park). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Big Cypress National Preserve, browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, take a stroll through Espanola Way, and stop by Perfect Gifts South Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miami online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and tram from Orlando to Miami in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Miami is a bit warmer than Orlando - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades City, Ochopee, Aventura Mall, Fort Lauderdale Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sawgrass Mills ©
Sawgrass Mills
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

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