16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Austin
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Atlanta
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Orlando
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Columbia
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Alexandria
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Chicago
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Austin — 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 24th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally look for gifts at Waterloo Records. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol, then don't miss a visit to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Austin trip itinerary maker tool.

Seattle to Austin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, Austin is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Atlanta.
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Atlanta — 1 night

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 26th (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then look for all kinds of wild species at Stone Mountain Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden. On the next day, see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Olympic Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Atlanta online road trip planner.

You can fly from Austin to Atlanta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Austin to Atlanta due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Austin in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Atlanta, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Orlando.
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Side Trip
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Orlando — 5 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Have a day of magic on the 29th (Fri) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 30th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and discover the magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando road trip planning tool.

Getting from Atlanta to Orlando by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Orlando sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly to Columbia.
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Columbia — 2 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the striking features of South Carolina State House, then stroll around Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Tunnel Vision Mural. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at EdVenture Children's Museum, then examine the collection at South Carolina State Museum, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Columbia trip maker.

You can fly from Orlando to Columbia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. August in Columbia sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Alexandria.
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Alexandria — 3 nights

Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, take a stroll through Old Town, take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Alexandria visit planner.

You can fly from Columbia to Alexandria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Alexandria to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alexandria to Chicago. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.
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South Carolina travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Historic Sites · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.
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Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens
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.
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