7 days in Continental USA Itinerary

7 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 16th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at City Hall Visitor Center, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, then deepen your understanding at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, and finally explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, get into the urban bustle at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and then learn the secrets of beer at Philly Brew Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia vacation maker app.

Des Moines to Philadelphia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Philadelphia. In December, Philadelphia is a bit warmer than Des Moines - with highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites


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On the 18th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, examine the collection at Brandywine River Museum of Art, then take in the pleasant sights at Longwood Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Sandy Hollow.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wilmington planner.

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Wilmington takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Baltimore.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Parks

Side Trips


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City of Firsts

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.
On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, then explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum, then try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Baltimore travel route planning app.

Traveling by train from Wilmington to Baltimore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Baltimore are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Washington DC

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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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, meet the residents at National Zoological Park, and pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip builder site.

You can drive from Baltimore to Washington DC in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Pennsylvania travel guide

Specialty Museums · Casinos · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

Delaware travel guide

Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.

Maryland travel guide

Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.