8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Boston
— 1 night
Drive
2
New Haven
— 1 night
Drive
3
New York City
— 1 night
Train
4
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Train
5
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly
6
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Fly to Baton Rouge, Drive to Natchez
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Natchez
— 1 night
Taxi to Alexandria, Fly to Cleveland

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Boston

— 1 night

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and then stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get advice or help at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Boston road trip site.

Cleveland to Boston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Boston are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to New Haven.

Things to do in Boston

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

New Haven

— 1 night
New Haven, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at The Coastal Center at Milford Point, identify plant and animal life at Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, and then explore the world behind art at Yale University Art Gallery.

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Getting from Boston to New Haven by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in New Haven

Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

New York City

— 1 night

Big Apple

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 26th (Wed), browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then examine the collection at New York Public Library, then appreciate the extensive heritage of World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and finally pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Haven to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from New Haven in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New York City, with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites

Philadelphia

— 1 night

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally steep yourself in history at Logan Circle.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites

Washington DC

— 1 night
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 28th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Virginia Beach

— 1 night

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 29th (Sat), see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach route planning website.

You can fly from Washington DC to Virginia Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Natchez.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Natchez

— 1 night
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 30th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Choctaw Hall and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Natchez travel tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Virginia Beach to Natchez takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Virginia Beach to Natchez is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Natchez are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites

Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
The Bay State
Known as the "Bay State" because of the three bays dominating its coastline, Massachusetts has played a significant cultural and commercial role through most of the country's history. An increasingly popular vacation destination for foreign travelers, Massachusetts offers numerous places to visit, ranging from historical sites to modern urban centers famous for their culinary, art, and nightlife scenes. With the majority of its population living in and around the city of Boston, in the 20th century Massachusetts went from a state largely dependent on fishing and agriculture to the country's leader in higher education, healthcare, high technology, and financial services. Home to renowned universities and research centers, the state's cities attract a young crowd of students, scientists, artists, and business professionals.

Connecticut travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Aquariums · Theaters
The Constitution State
Perhaps best known for its renowned private and public universities, Connecticut was once home to the country's first law school and still boasts one of the oldest secondary schools in America. More than just a small state packed with students, Connecticut offers visitors a chance to explore some of New England's finest tourist attractions while on vacation, including lighthouses, beaches, theaters, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Despite its small size, the state also boasts two large casino complexes, both located on Native American reservations. Rich in history and natural beauty, Connecticut draws newcomers from around the world, with large Polish, Chinese, and Hispanic communities.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.