11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Abingdon
— 1 night
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Roanoke
— 1 night
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
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Williamsburg
— 1 night
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Alexandria
— 1 night
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
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Lancaster
— 1 night
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Abingdon

— 1 night
Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, hike along Virginia Creeper Trail Club, and then hike along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail.

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San Francisco to Abingdon is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Abingdon due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Abingdon when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Roanoke.

Things to do in Abingdon

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Roanoke

— 1 night
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mill Mountain Star & Park, then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church.

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You can drive from Abingdon to Roanoke in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Roanoke

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Charlottesville

— 1 night

Hoo-Ville

Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
On the 25th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello and then get a taste of the local shopping with C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

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You can drive from Roanoke to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Williamsburg

— 1 night

Colonial Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, then steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, and then have fun at Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range.

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Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Charlottesville in October since evenings lows in Williamsburg dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Alexandria

— 1 night
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alexandria Presbyterian Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town.

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Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Alexandria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Alexandria, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Gettysburg

— 2 nights
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 28th (Mon), take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, and finally steep yourself in history at Little Round Top. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, make a trip to Virginia Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, then appreciate the history behind State of Pennsylvania Monument, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience.

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Traveling by car from Alexandria to Gettysburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gettysburg when traveling from Alexandria in October, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lancaster

— 1 night

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
On the 30th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm, explore the galleries of Ephrata Cloister, then see the interesting displays at Landis Valley Museum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Root's Country Market & Auction.

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Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October in Lancaster, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
On the 31st (Thu), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial.

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You can drive from Lancaster to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lancaster in October since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

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.

Lancaster County travel guide

4.3
Theaters · Gift & Specialty Shops · Theme Parks
Pennsylvania Dutch Country
The core of Pennsylvania's famed "Dutch Country" lies in Lancaster County, a compact area in the southeastern portion of the state. The county features a rolling landscape of green fields and gentle hills, interspersed with small towns and Amish farms. Despite its somewhat misleading nickname, the county is not home to Dutch but German-speaking Swiss Anabaptists, who began settling in religiously tolerant Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. Although Lancaster County thrives on tourism and the Amish community is its main attraction, the Amish themselves remain an intensely private people who are not particularly fond of camera-toting visitors. To learn about their hard-working way of life respectfully, take a trip to one of their hardwood furniture showrooms, clustered around the county's main roads.