36 days in United States & Iceland Itinerary

36 days in United States & Iceland Itinerary

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36 days in United States & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
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New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Boston, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Washington DC, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
New Orleans, United States
— 3 nights
Travel:  6​h 30​min
6
Northwest Region, Iceland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Lake Myvatn, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Hella, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Vik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Hofn, Iceland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New York Public Library and Tenement Museum. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Brooklyn to see Coney Island about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the sky in a new way at Rose Center for Earth and Space, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in June, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Coney Island
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
American Museum of Natural History ©

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Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dutch Wonderland and National Constitution Center. Take a break from Philadelphia with a short trip to Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Ronks, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Please Touch Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fireman's Hall, take an in-depth tour of Independence Seaport Museum, and get curious at The Franklin Institute.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia route planner.

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

King of Prussia Mall, Dutch Wonderland, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Adventure Aquarium
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Please Touch Museum ©
Please Touch Museum
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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Boston, United States

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like New England Holocaust Memorial and Museum of Fine Arts. Explore Boston's surroundings by going to Sandwich Glass Museum (in Sandwich), The House of the Seven Gables (in Salem) and Old Silver Beach (in Falmouth). There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Boston Children's Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Trinity Church, contemplate the long history of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and take a leisurely stroll along Pickering Wharf.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Boston trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Boston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Philadelphia in July: high temperatures in Boston hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Salem, The Harvard Museum of Natural History, Sandwich Glass Museum, La Residencia Spa, Old Silver Beach
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Boston Children's Museum ©
Boston Children's Museum
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
New England Holocaust Memorial ©
New England Holocaust Memorial

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, and examine the collection at International Spy Museum.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip tool .

You can fly from Boston to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, Washington DC is somewhat warmer than Boston - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Nature Parks
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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New Orleans, United States

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Louis Cathedral and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, get in on the family fun at Storyland, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and have fun and explore at Louisiana Children's Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans day trip planning website .

Getting from Washington DC to New Orleans by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are a bit warmer (31°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Northwest Region.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
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The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

1
night
Northwest Region, Iceland

Northwest Region ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grettislaug and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kolugljufur Waterfall. On the next day, examine the collection at Glaumbaer Museum and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hvitserkur.

You can plan Northwest Region trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from New Orleans to Northwest Region with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New Orleans to Northwest Region. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New Orleans in July, with highs in Northwest Region at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Myvatn.

Things to do in Northwest Region

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Grettislaug ©
Grettislaug
Hvitserkur ©
Hvitserkur
Glaumbaer Museum ©
Glaumbaer Museum

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Lake Myvatn, Iceland

Lake Myvatn ©
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Goðafoss Waterfall and Lofthellir Lava Cave. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Hverir, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn, Head underground at Grjotagja Cave, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Mývatn Nature Baths.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Lake Myvatn itinerary planner.

Drive from Northwest Region to Lake Myvatn in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lake Myvatn can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Lake Myvatn

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Goðafoss Waterfall
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Mývatn Nature Baths ©
Mývatn Nature Baths
Hverir ©
Hverir

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Museum of Iceland and Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Blue Lagoon (in Grindavik) and Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, relax and float downstream with Adventures.com, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and admire the striking features of Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Myvatn to Reykjavik takes 6 hours. July in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hella.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss Falls, Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
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Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods) ©
Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
Adventures.com ©
Adventures.com

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Hella, Iceland

Hella ©
Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Strokkur and Haifoss. Step out of Hella to go to Skogar and see Skogar Museum, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hella trip builder site .

Getting from Reykjavik to Hella by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hella can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will leave for Vik on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Hella

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Skogar Museum, Haifoss, Hjalparfoss, Strokkur
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Haifoss ©
Haifoss

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Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Black Sand Beach and Solheimasandur Plane Wreck. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Skogafoss and explore the striking landscape at Dyrhólaey.

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

You can drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Vik sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hofn.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Skogafoss
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Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey ©
Dyrhólaey

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Hofn, Iceland

Hofn ©
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. On the 2nd (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Vatnajokull and then explore the activities along Glacier Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: try out the rides at Hofn Swimming Pool.

Plan a Hofn trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Vik to Hofn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Hofn sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hofn

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Vatnajokull, Glacier Lagoon
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Glacier Lagoon ©
Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajokull ©
Vatnajokull

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