43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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43 days in United States Itinerary

Start: South Bend
Fly:  4​h
1
Charlotte
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Orlando
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Washington DC
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
New York City
— 14 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: South Bend

8
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: Archdale (Kersey Valley Laser Tag & Kersey Valley High Ropes), Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). The adventure continues: get your game on at Escape Kings, stroll around Village Park, immerse yourself in nature at Chester State Park, and get lost in a book at Billy Graham Library.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Charlotte trip simple and quick.

South Bend to Charlotte is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from South Bend in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Charlotte: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Huntersville, Archdale, Kannapolis, Morganton, Lake Wateree State Park
Highlights from your plan
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Zipline
Kersey Valley Laser Tag ©
Kersey Valley Laser Tag

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Orlando: Hidden Waters Preserve (in Eustis), Alpaca Magic USA (in Homosassa) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Crystal River). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Walt Disney World Resort, make an unforgettable trip to Epcot, try out the rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and enjoy the sand and surf at Discovery Cove.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando journey maker app .

You can fly from Charlotte to Orlando in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Charlotte in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Orlando: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

DeLand, Hidden Waters Preserve, Alpaca Magic USA, Scuba & Snorkeling, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Frederick (Community Bridge Mural & Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience), C&O Canal Hike at Point of Rocks Boat Ramp (in Point of Rocks) and Baltimore (Sagamore Spirit Distillery & Urban Axes Baltimore). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in January, with highs in Washington DC at 44°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Shenandoah National Park, Arlington, Baltimore, Frederick
Highlights from your plan
Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike

14
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.
Change things up 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, stroll around The High Line, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for slightly colder nights in New York City, with lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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