9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly
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Durham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charleston
— 1 night
Drive
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Southport
— 1 night
Drive
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Nags Head
— 1 night
Fly

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Washington DC

— 2 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Baltimore (The Walters Art Museum, Horseshoe Casino, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Washington DC holiday site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Washington DC. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Durham.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Durham History, then see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and finally deepen your understanding at Duke University. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and then learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Durham road trip tool.

You can fly from Washington DC to Durham in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you will find days in Durham are somewhat warmer (50°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Charleston

— 1 night
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, then browse the exhibits of Nathaniel Russell House, and then admire the natural beauty at Battery & White Point Gardens. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Aiken-Rhett House, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally steep yourself in history at Charleston Fire Department, Station 2/3.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Durham to Charleston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Durham in January: high temperatures in Charleston hover around 59°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Southport.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Southport

— 1 night
Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by Cattail Cottage, take in the waterfront at Southport Pier and RIverwalk, get from here to there with Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity United Methodist Church, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Franklin Square Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Southport travel planner.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Southport takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or fly. When traveling from Charleston in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Southport: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Southport

Transportation · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head trip builder.

You can drive from Southport to Nags Head in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In January, daytime highs in Nags Head are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.