21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Boston
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Baltimore
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: New York City

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Coffee Pot Cellars Tasting Room. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bashakill Vineyards and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Glorie Farm Winery (in Marlboro), Alex Ferrone Gallery (in Cutchogue) and Laurel Lake Vineyard (in Laurel). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Times Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue, and kick back and relax at Ponquogue Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cutchogue, Hyde Park, Ponquogue Beach, Glorie Farm Winery, Paumanok Vineyards
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5
nights
Boston

Boston ©
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.
Let the collections at Museum of Fine Arts and Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ogunquit Beach and Race Point Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Strawbery Banke Museum (in Portsmouth), Plimoth Plantation (in Plymouth) and Newport (Marble House & The Elms). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Waterfront and get a sense of history and politics at Old State House.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Boston tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from New York City to Boston by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Boston at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Provincetown, Newport, Strawbery Banke Museum, Ogunquit Beach, Plimoth Plantation
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Plimoth Plantation ©
Plimoth Plantation
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
The Elms
The Elms

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Longwood Gardens and Independence Hall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Eastern State Penitentiary. Step out of Philadelphia to go to Ephrata and see Ephrata Cloister, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, wander the streets of Amish Country, contemplate the long history of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and get a taste of the local shopping with Rittenhouse Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to Philadelphia, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to Philadelphia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Baltimore.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Amish Country, Longwood Gardens, Ephrata Cloister
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

3
nights
Baltimore

Baltimore ©
A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center and U.S. Naval Academy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fell's Point and Dobbin House Tavern. Explore Baltimore's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Gettysburg Heritage Center & Gibson's Photographic Gallery), Annapolis Towne Centre (in Parole) and National Watch and Clock Museum (in Columbia). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Wheatland and try your luck at Horseshoe Casino.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Baltimore trip builder website .

Take a train from Philadelphia to Baltimore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Baltimore can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, U.S. Naval Academy, National Watch and Clock Museum, Wheatland, Annapolis Towne Centre
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U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy
Fell's Point ©
Fell's Point

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.
Let the collections at Newseum and National Air and Space Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Hague Winery and Port of Leonardtown Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: General's Ridge Vineyard and Winery (in Hague), Stratford Hall (in Stratford) and Ingleside Plantation Vineyards (in Oak Grove). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Desert Rose Ranch & Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip site .

You can take a train from Baltimore to Washington DC in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hague, Desert Rose Ranch & Winery, Ingleside Plantation Vineyards, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Barrel Oak Winery
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National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
Newseum ©
Newseum
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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