13 days in United States & Puerto Rico Itinerary

13 days in United States & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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13 days in United States & Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Niagara Falls, United States
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Washington DC, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h
4
Carolina, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  45​min
5
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Philadelphia, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States

1
night
Niagara Falls, United States

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, don't miss a visit to Schoellkopf Power Station, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls trip planner .

Seattle to Niagara Falls is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In December, Niagara Falls is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Schoellkopf Power Station ©
Schoellkopf Power Station

2
nights
Washington DC, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 51°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

1
night
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

Isla de Vieques ©
For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Media Luna Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Camp Garcia.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla de Vieques route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Isla de Vieques takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC to Isla de Vieques, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get warmer in Isla de Vieques: highs are around 84°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carolina.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

1
night
Carolina, Puerto Rico

Known as the "Land of Giants" in honor of its celebrated residents--including poet Julia de Burgos and baseball player Roberto Clemente--Carolina makes a living as both an industrial center and a hub of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Condado Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Carolina trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Isla de Vieques to Carolina in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. December in Carolina sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Carolina

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

San Juan
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Food Tours
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach

2
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse, head off the coast to Culebrita Island, and then kick back and relax at Zoni Beach. On your second day here, stop by Zinkowski Art Studio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Culebra trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Carolina to Culebra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In December in Culebra, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

3
nights
New York City, United States

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our New York City online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Culebra to New York City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Culebra in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 48°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1
night
Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 26th (Thu), see a show at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, then steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally walk around Wissahickon Valley Park.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip itinerary site .

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Wissahickon Valley Park ©
Wissahickon Valley Park
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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