18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
2
Lancaster
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Richmond
— 2 nights
5
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Washington DC
— 4 nights
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

5
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.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online itinerary creator.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New York City is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in New York City hover around 35°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Coney Island USA
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

1
day
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Hershey Story Museum and then experience rural life at Amish Farm and House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Lancaster trip generator.

Drive from New York City to Lancaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lancaster are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Hershey Story
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The Hershey Story ©
The Hershey Story
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Loy's Station Covered Bridge, Sachs Covered Bridge, Eisenhower National Historic Site, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, take in the history at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, then snap pictures at Sachs Covered Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Loy's Station Covered Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Gettysburg Museum of History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gettysburg National Military Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Cunningham Falls State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gettysburg trip generator.

Drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Thurmont
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Cunningham Falls State Park ©
Cunningham Falls State Park

2
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Brewery Tours, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and other attractions. Change things up with these side-trips from Richmond: Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg, Governor's Palace, & more).

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Richmond travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Gettysburg to Richmond in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Williamsburg, Henricus Historical Park, Pamplin Historical Park
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Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore and take pictures at USS Wisconsin, then identify plant and animal life at First Landing State Park, and then kick back and relax at Virginia Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Richmond to Virginia Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Battleship Wisconsin
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
First Landing State Park ©
First Landing State Park
Battleship Wisconsin ©
Battleship Wisconsin

4
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, sightseeing, nature, religious sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at The White House, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Virginia Beach to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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