21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Princeton
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Virginia Beach
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: London

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. There's much more to do: settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New York City attractions planner.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New York City is minus 5 hours. In September, New York City is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. You will leave for Princeton on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade ©
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

3
nights
Princeton

Princeton ©
Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Princeton Battle Monument and Morven Museum and Garden. The adventure continues: make a trip to Nassau Hall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Princeton travel route tool.

Traveling by car from New York City to Princeton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Princeton when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Princeton

Museums
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Morven Museum and Garden ©
Morven Museum and Garden
Princeton Battle Monument ©
Princeton Battle Monument
Nassau Hall ©
Nassau Hall

3
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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 9th (Wed), take a stroll through Independence Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, then ponder the world of politics at United States Mint, then steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from One Liberty Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art and then steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Princeton to Philadelphia in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Mall ©
Independence Mall

3
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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Annapolis (Quiet Waters Park & U.S. Naval Academy). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, admire the masterpieces at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Annapolis, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy
Smithsonian American Art Museum ©
Smithsonian American Art Museum

2
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Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the history at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and then stroll around Colonial National Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step aboard Jamestown Settlement, contemplate the long history of Governor's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Wren Building, and finally stop by The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Williamsburg online attractions planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
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Governor's Palace ©
Governor's Palace
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown ©
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Virginia Beach and Tarnished Truth Distilling Company. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, take in the pleasant sights at Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. September in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk

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