48 days in United States Itinerary

48 days in United States Itinerary

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48 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Trenton
— 12 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Washington DC
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Raleigh
— 27 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Richmond
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4​h
6
Trenton
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
New York City
— 2 nights
End: New York City


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2
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then examine the collection at New York Public Library, and then contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, wander the streets of Times Square, and then take a stroll through Fifth Avenue.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City visit planning site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to New York City. In November, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trenton.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

12
nights
Trenton

Trenton ©
Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Barracks Museum and William Trent House Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and New Jersey State Museum. There's much more to do: pick up some local products at Trenton Farmers Market, pause for some photo ops at Trenton Battle Monument, stroll around Cadwalader Park, and snap pictures at Pennsylvania Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Trenton trip planner .

You can drive from New York City to Trenton in 1.5 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Trenton, with lows of 36°F. On the 6th (Fri), you're off toWashington DC.

Things to do in Trenton

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Barracks Museum ©
Old Barracks Museum
The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie ©
William Trent House Museum ©
William Trent House Museum

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by car from Trenton to Washington DC takes 3 hours. December in Washington DC sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
The National Archives Museum ©
The National Archives Museum

27
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Uwharrie Crystalline and Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at North Hills and Carrboro Farmers Market. Explore Raleigh's surroundings by going to Greensboro (Ambleside Gallery, International Civil Rights Center & Museum, & more), Durham (Golden Belt Historic District & Sarah P. Duke Gardens) and Destination Downtown (in Mebane). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Airborne and Special Operations Museum, explore the world behind art at David McCune International Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Piedmon Craftsmen, and sample the fine beverages at Broadslab Distillery.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh day trip app .

You can fly from Washington DC to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: highs in Raleigh hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Greensboro, Winston Salem, Durham, Seagrove, Pittsboro
Highlights from your plan
North Carolina Museum of History ©
North Carolina Museum of History
Airborne and Special Operations Museum ©
Uwharrie Crystalline ©
Uwharrie Crystalline

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at White House of the Confederacy, get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, then admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, then shop like a local with Carytown, and finally stop by For the Love of Chocolate.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Richmond trip planner .

Getting from Raleigh to Richmond by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Richmond, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Trenton.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
White House of the Confederacy ©
White House of the Confederacy
Carytown ©
Carytown

4
nights
Trenton

Trenton ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Barracks Museum and The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. Let the collections at William Trent House Museum and New Jersey State Museum capture your imagination. Enjoy Trenton some more: pick up some local products at Trenton Farmers Market, appreciate the history behind World War II Memorial, get lost in a book at Trenton Free Public Library, and take in the views from Pennsylvania Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Trenton trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Richmond to Trenton. In January, Trenton is little chillier than Richmond - with highs of 39°F and lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to New York City.

Things to do in Trenton

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Barracks Museum ©
Old Barracks Museum
The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie ©
William Trent House Museum ©
William Trent House Museum

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Kings County Distillery and then walk around Central Park. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Tiles For America, then explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art, then wander the streets of Wall Street, and finally look for gifts at Yunhong Chopsticks.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online road trip planner .

You can drive from Trenton to New York City in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

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