13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Brooklyn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Williamsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lancaster
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Brooklyn

Brooklyn ©
Though it may be less popular or touristy than its big brother Manhattan, Brooklyn boasts of one of the largest and hippest art districts in the United States.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, then stop by Raaka Chocolate, then take in the waterfront at Coney Island, and finally get engrossed in the history at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Brooklyn Tabernacle and then get to know the resident critters at Bronx Zoo.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brooklyn trip itinerary maker website .

San Francisco to Brooklyn is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Brooklyn due to the time zone difference. October in Brooklyn sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Brooklyn

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Brooklyn Botanic Garden ©
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo
Coney Island ©
Coney Island

3
nights
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Brooklyn to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Washington DC sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, then steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, then contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Williamsburg online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Williamsburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church ©
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church

1
night
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, admire the natural beauty at Monticello, then relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, and finally gain insight at University of Virginia.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Charlottesville trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Charlottesville when traveling from Williamsburg in October, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia

2
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and finally take in the history at Abraham Lincoln Statue. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, then steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, and finally appreciate the history behind 91st Pennsylvania Monument.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip planner.

Getting from Charlottesville to Gettysburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

2
nights
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Change things up with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Landis Valley Museum, get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland, stop by Kitchen Kettle Village, and pause for some serene contemplation at Historic St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lancaster trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kitchen Kettle Village, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Landis Valley Museum ©
Landis Valley Museum

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