41 days in East Coast of USA, Gettysburg & Philadelphia & The Countryside Itinerary

41 days in East Coast of USA, Gettysburg & Philadelphia & The Countryside Itinerary

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41 days in East Coast of USA, Gettysburg & Philadelphia & The Countryside Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Valley Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
6
Boston
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Falmouth
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Washington National Cathedral and Arlington National Cemetery. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip website .

Des Moines to Washington DC is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. June in Washington DC sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

4
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Gettysburg National Military Park and Confederate Trails of Gettysburg are in your itinerary. Explore Gettysburg's surroundings by going to Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience (in Frederick), Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church (in Harpers Ferry) and Sharpsburg (Antietam National Battlefield, Antietam National Cemetery, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, get to know the fascinating history of Shriver House Museum, and stroll the grounds of Evergreen Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gettysburg trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Gettysburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Gettysburg reach 81°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Valley Forge.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sharpsburg, Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience, Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

1
night
Valley Forge

Valley Forge ©
The Village of Valley Forge is an unincorporated settlement located on the west side of Valley Forge National Historical Park at the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington Memorial Chapel, witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, then contemplate the long history of Mennonite Heritage Center, and finally contemplate the long history of The Mill at Anselma.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Valley Forge tour planning tool .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Valley Forge in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Valley Forge

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mennonite Heritage Center, The Mill at Anselma
Highlights from your plan
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
The Mill at Anselma ©
The Mill at Anselma
Mennonite Heritage Center ©
Mennonite Heritage Center

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Independence Hall and Christ Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Elfreth's Alley, admire the striking features of City Hall, admire all the interesting features of Washington Square Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masonic Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planner .

Drive from Valley Forge to Philadelphia in an hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Philadelphia when traveling from Valley Forge in July, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Elfreth's Alley ©
Elfreth's Alley

6
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.
9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in New York City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Orchard House and North Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boston: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Gloucester), Marginal Way Walkway (in Ogunquit) and Walden Pond State Reservation (in Concord). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and steep yourself in history at Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Boston trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Boston, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Falmouth.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Concord, Cambridge, Marginal Way Walkway, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House ©
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Mount Auburn Cemetery ©
Mount Auburn Cemetery

3
nights
Falmouth

Falmouth ©
Falmouth is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States; Barnstable County is coextensive with Cape Cod. Visit Edward Gorey House and Cornelia Carey Sanctuary (The Knob) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Falmouth: Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum (in Yarmouth Port) and Sandwich (Heritage Museums & Gardens & Hoxie House). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Shining Sea Bikeway, enjoy the sand and surf at Old Silver Beach, stroll through Cape Cod National Seashore, and explore the world behind art at Highfield Hall & Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Falmouth route planning tool .

You can drive from Boston to Falmouth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Falmouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yarmouth Port, Sandwich, Cape Cod National Seashore
Highlights from your plan
Cornelia Carey Sanctuary (The Knob) ©
Cape Cod National Seashore ©
Cape Cod National Seashore
Shining Sea Bikeway ©
Shining Sea Bikeway

3
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Sumter National Monument and Middleton Place. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Bethel United Methodist Church, get your game on at Pounce Cat Cafe, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Charleston online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Falmouth to Charleston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Falmouth in July, with highs in Charleston at 89°F and lows at 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Aiken-Rhett House ©
Aiken-Rhett House

2
nights
Savannah

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, wander the streets of Savannah Historic District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Cross, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Savannah tour planner .

Traveling by car from Charleston to Savannah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savannah can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Savannah

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hilton Head, The Church of the Cross
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Have a day of magic on the 28th (Sun) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, try out the rides at Discovery Cove, and discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Orlando trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Savannah to Orlando takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Orlando are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

4
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Truman Little White House and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Key West to go to Big Pine Key and see National Key Deer Refuge, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, explore the galleries of Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, cast your line with a fishing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Zachary Taylor.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Key West takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

National Key Deer Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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