60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
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New Haven
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Newport
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Providence
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Boston
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Portsmouth
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Portland
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Brattleboro
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Niagara Falls
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Hershey
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Philadelphia
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Blackwood
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Philadelphia
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Frederick
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Alexandria
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Chincoteague Island
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Virginia Beach
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Williamsburg
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Charlottesville
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Luray
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Moundsville
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Charleston
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Sandusky
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New York City

— 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 18th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Stokes State Forest and then hike along Monument Trail. On your second day here, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Grove Beach, and then stroll through 8th Ave Jetty.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New York City driving holiday planner.

Minneapolis to New York City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. June in New York City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to New Haven.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

New Haven

— 3 nights
New Haven, in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Yale University Art Gallery. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Cupsogue Beach County Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ponquogue Beach.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New Haven online trip builder.

Getting from New York City to New Haven by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from New York City in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in New Haven. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in New Haven

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Breakers, don't miss a visit to Cliff Walk, then cruise along Ocean Drive Historic District, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Thames Glass. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, admire the landmark architecture of The Elms, then kick back and relax at Sachuest Beach (Second Beach), and finally enjoy the sea views from Beavertail Lighthouse and Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Newport online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from New Haven to Newport takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Newport can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Providence.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Providence

— 2 nights

The Renaissance City

Providence has undergone a major upgrade in recent years, transforming from a rough-around-the-edges industrial city into an epicenter of culture.
On the 25th (Tue), ponder the world of politics at Rhode Island State House, then catch a live event at McCoy Stadium, then admire the majestic nature at Colt State Park, and finally browse the collection at Barrington Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Pilgrim Hall Museum, contemplate the long history of Plymouth Rock, and then take an in-depth tour of Plimoth Patuxet.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Providence day trip site.

Getting from Newport to Providence by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Providence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Boston.

Things to do in Providence

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boston

— 2 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
On the 27th (Thu), catch a live event at Fenway Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old North Church & Historic Site, then pause for some photo ops at New England Holocaust Memorial, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally wander the streets of Beacon Hill.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Boston trip tool.

You can drive from Providence to Boston in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Boston, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Portsmouth

— 3 nights
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. On the 30th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, stroll through Footbridge Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ogunquit Beach. On your second day here, join the crowd at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, then get engrossed in the history at Wright Museum of WWII, and then stop by Stonewall Kitchen.

Discover how to plan a Portsmouth trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Boston to Portsmouth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Portland

— 2 nights

The Forest City

Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Casco Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Portland planner.

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to Portland takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. July in Portland sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brattleboro.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Brattleboro

— 3 nights
Brattleboro, originally Brattleborough, is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home and then get outside with Green Mountain Adventure Challenge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): view the masterpieces at The Art of Humor Gallery and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brattleboro sightseeing website.

You can drive from Portland to Brattleboro in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Brattleboro

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 3 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Of The National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Fatima, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then gain insight at Lily Dale Assembly. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Jell-O Gallery Museum, stop by Vidler's 5 & 10, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Niagara Falls day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Brattleboro to Niagara Falls takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Hershey.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hershey

— 3 nights

Chocolatetown, USA

Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Cullari Vineyards and Winery, then stroll around Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, and then stroll through Wildwood Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Hersheypark.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hershey trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Hershey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hershey when traveling from Niagara Falls in July, with lows around 69°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Hershey

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Philadelphia

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
On the 13th (Sat), stop by Macy's Philadelphia and then make a trip to Wanamaker Organ. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square, explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, then examine the collection at Benjamin Franklin Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia day trip planning site.

Drive from Hershey to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Blackwood.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Blackwood

— 1 night
Blackwood is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Gloucester Township, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. You've now added Applebee's Grill + Bar to your itinerary. On the 16th (Tue), have some family-friendly fun at Pleasant Valley Miniature Golf Club, then do a tasting at Valenzano Family Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Monroeville Vineyard & Winery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Blackwood travel route app.

Blackwood is just a short distance from Philadelphia. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Blackwood

Wineries · Nightlife · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

On the 17th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens and then admire the natural beauty at Nemours Estate.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip app.

Philadelphia is very close to Blackwood. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Frederick.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Frederick

— 2 nights
Frederick is a city and the county seat of Frederick County in the U.S. state of Maryland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll around Gettysburg National Military Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Berkeley Springs State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cacapon Resort State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, see the interesting displays at Rupp House, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Frederick day trip site.

Getting from Philadelphia to Frederick by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Frederick when traveling from Philadelphia in July, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Frederick

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Alexandria

— 2 nights
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then pause for some photo ops at Air Force Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind George Washington Masonic National Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and then enjoy the sea views from Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Alexandria trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Frederick to Alexandria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Frederick in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Alexandria, with lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Chincoteague Island

— 2 nights
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Bike Depot, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chincoteague, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chincoteague Island trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Alexandria to Chincoteague Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

The Resort City

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.
On the 27th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, then examine the collection at Military Aviation Museum, then don't miss a visit to Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, and finally stroll around Neptune's Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): cool off at Water Country USA. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, then pause for some photo ops at Yorktown Victory Monument, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Newport News Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at York River State Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Williamsburg tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 2 nights

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 31st (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saunders-Monticello Trail, then steep yourself in history at Mulberry Row, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Charlottesville online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Williamsburg in July, Charlottesville is slightly colder at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Luray

— 3 nights

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
On the 2nd (Fri), walk around Shenandoah River State Park, see the interesting displays at Cooter's in Luray, then examine the collection at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and finally Head underground at Luray Caverns. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Luray Hawksbill Greenway, then learn about winemaking at River Hill Wine & Spirits, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Skyline Drive.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Luray planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Luray takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Luray can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moundsville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Moundsville

— 2 nights
Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Palace of Gold, then get engrossed in the history at Cockayne Farmstead, then walk around Grand Vue Park, and finally contemplate the long history of West Virginia Penitentiary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Moundsville trip planner.

You can drive from Luray to Moundsville in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Moundsville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Charleston

— 3 nights
Charleston is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. On the 7th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, then snap pictures at New River Gorge Bridge, and then explore the activities along New River Gorge National River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Kanawha State Forest and then take a peaceful walk through Babcock State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Charleston online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Moundsville to Charleston by car takes about 3 hours. In August in Charleston, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sandusky.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Sandusky

— 3 nights
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at East Harbor State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Main Street Beach and then cool off at Cedar Point.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sandusky itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Sandusky takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Sandusky are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to South Bend.

Things to do in Sandusky

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Bend

— 3 nights
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. You've now added University of Notre Dame to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, then immerse yourself in nature at Van Buren State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at North Beach.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the South Bend day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sandusky to South Bend takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in South Bend when traveling from Sandusky in August, with lows around 61°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

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.