8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Louisville
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Dallas
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  7​h 15​min
End: Playa del Carmen

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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 14th (Sun), appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read New York City trip planner .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to New York City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Central Park ©
Central Park
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): walk around Wissahickon Valley Park, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Wissahickon Valley Park ©
Wissahickon Valley Park
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

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Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry ©
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

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You can drive from Philadelphia to Harpers Ferry in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Harpers Ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©

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Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge tour planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Harpers Ferry to Pigeon Forge takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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Louisville

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour and then steep yourself in history at Louisville Mega Cavern.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Louisville vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Louisville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Louisville

Tours Nature Parks
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Distillery Tours
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 19th (Fri), admire the striking features of Anthony Chapel, then explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs visit planner.

Getting from Louisville to Hot Springs by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Room Escape Games
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center ©
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dallas vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Hot Springs to Dallas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dallas, with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza ©
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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