8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

Make it your trip
Train
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Baltimore
— 1 day
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive
3
Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
Drive
4
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Bus
5
Lewes
— 1 night
Drive

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Baltimore

— 1 day

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 4th (Mon): examine the collection at B&O Railroad Museum and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Baltimore trip builder site.

New York City to Baltimore is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. January in Baltimore sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

Gettysburg

— 1 night
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
On the 5th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, examine the collection at Gettysburg Diorama, then stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Shriver House Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg vacation tool.

You can drive from Baltimore to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Baltimore in January, things will get a bit cooler in Gettysburg: highs are around 37°F and lows about 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
On the 6th (Wed), do a tasting at 868 Estate Vineyards, then do a tasting at Sunset Hills Vineyard, then sample the fine beverages at Catoctin Creek Distillery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Corcoran Brewing.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Harpers Ferry trip planner.

Getting from Gettysburg to Harpers Ferry by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In January in Harpers Ferry, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 4 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Old Town. Let the collections at Renwick Gallery and National Museum of the Marine Corps capture your imagination. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, stop by Georgetown, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC route planning website.

You can drive from Harpers Ferry to Washington DC in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Harpers Ferry in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Lewes.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lewes

— 1 night
Lewes is an incorporated city on the Delaware Bay in eastern Sussex County, Delaware. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Rehoboth Beach Public Beach, kick back and relax at Lewes Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cape Henlopen State Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lewes trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Washington DC to Lewes by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Lewes can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Lewes

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Maryland travel guide

4.1
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.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty 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.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

Delaware travel guide

4.2
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.