32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 10 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h
3
Charleston
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
End: Exeter

8
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Explore hidden gems such as Museum of the American Revolution and National Museum of American Jewish History. Step out of the city life by going to North Wildwood Beach and Kelly Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Silverball Pinball Museum (in Asbury Park), Cape May (World War II Lookout Tower & Emlen Physick Estate) and Belmar Beach (in Belmar). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Battleship New Jersey, view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planner.

Exeter, UK to Philadelphia is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Exeter to Philadelphia. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape May, Ocean City, North Wildwood Beach, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Belmar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the American Revolution ©
Museum of the American Revolution
North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

10
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Museum-lovers will appreciate United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The National Archives Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg (Dobbin House Tavern, Shriver House Museum, & more), Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas) and The Walters Art Museum (in Baltimore). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Smithsonian American Art Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and steep yourself in history at Old Town.

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Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gettysburg, The Walters Art Museum, Old Town, Manassas National Battlefield Park, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The National Archives Museum ©
The National Archives Museum
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

9
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kiawah Island. Bring the kids along to Edisto Beach State Park and Litchfield Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charleston: Edisto Island (Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area & The Edisto Bookstore), Old Sheldon Church Ruins (in Yemassee) and Caw Caw Interpretive Center (in Ravenel). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, appreciate the history behind Fort Moultrie, enjoy the sea views from Morris Island Lighthouse, and steep yourself in history at Heyward-Washington House.

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Getting from Washington DC to Charleston by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Charleston sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Edisto Island, Litchfield Beach, Fort Moultrie, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Kiawah Island
Highlights from your plan
Heyward-Washington House ©
Heyward-Washington House
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Litchfield Beach ©
Litchfield Beach

3
nights
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
On the 29th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then try for a hole-in-one at Legendary Golf, and finally kick back and relax at Burkes Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Singleton Beach, then examine the collection at Pat Conroy Literary Center, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hilton Head are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Beaufort, Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center
Highlights from your plan
Pat Conroy Literary Center ©
Pat Conroy Literary Center
Legendary Golf ©
Legendary Golf
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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