8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Washington DC
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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: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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Des Moines to Washington DC is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Des Moines to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 51°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Baltimore.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks


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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): meet the residents at National Aquarium, then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, and then sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, then take a stroll through Hampden, and then explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum.

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Traveling by car from Washington DC to Baltimore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Wilmington.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games


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On the 21st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, then admire the masterpieces at Brandywine River Museum of Art, then ponder the design of Longwood Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Sandy Hollow.

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Traveling by train from Baltimore to Wilmington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Baltimore in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Wilmington, with lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Museums

Side Trips


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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 22nd (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at City Hall Visitor Center, get into the urban bustle at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, get your bearings at Rosenbach Museum and Library, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then deepen your understanding at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, and finally visit Boathouse Row.

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Getting from Wilmington to Philadelphia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.

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.

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.