17 days in United States

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Make it your trip
- Washington: Hetal - Raleigh: Shivam - Savannah: Rushang - St. Augustine: Avi - Orlando: Karan - Miami: Karan - Key West: Rushang - Everglades City: Hetal - Shivam (Consider Tents as well) - Tampa: Avi - Atlanta: Karan - Great Rocky: Rushang (Consider Tents) - Nashville: Rushang - Indianapolis: Karan (Stargazing + Tents consideration) - Pittsburgh: Hetal - Poconos: Shivam Criteria: $50 personal average / night / per person
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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Norfolk
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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Savannah
— 1 night
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St. Augustine
— 2 nights
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Orlando
— 3 nights
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Miami
— 3 nights
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Tampa
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Jim Thorpe
— 1 night
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Washington DC — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at United States Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at Smithsonian American Art Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Old Town, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online trip itinerary maker.

Jersey City to Washington DC is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly to Norfolk.
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Norfolk

Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Planters Peanut Center and then stroll through Dismal Swamp Canal Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Norfolk journey builder.

You can fly from Washington DC to Norfolk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Norfolk can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Oak City Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Raleigh trip planning tool.

Getting from Norfolk to Raleigh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savannah.
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Savannah — 1 night

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take a stroll through Savannah Historic District, look for all kinds of wild species at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Service Brewing Company, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Savannah trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Savannah takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Raleigh in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Savannah: highs are around 61°F and lows about 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Augustine.
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St. Augustine — 2 nights

St. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach Public Beach, admire the majestic nature at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, then stroll through St. Augustine Beach, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Vilano Beach, then examine the collection at The Ximenez-Fatio House, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery, and finally sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Augustine trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savannah to St. Augustine takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Savannah in January since evenings lows in St. Augustine dip to 49°F. You will leave for Orlando on the 7th (Sat).
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Orlando — 3 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Beach at Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Town Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Blue Spring State Park and Wild Florida. Go for a jaunt from Orlando to Cocoa Beach to see Cocoa Beach about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, walk around Lake Eola Park, engage your brain at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and admire the natural beauty at Harry P. Leu Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Orlando route maker.

Drive from St. Augustine to Orlando in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from St. Augustine in January, you will find days in Orlando are somewhat warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Miami.
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Miami — 3 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wynwood and Las Olas Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Explore Miami's surroundings by going to Bal Harbor Beach (in Bal Harbour), Hollywood North Beach Park (in Hollywood) and Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands (in Boynton Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfside Beach, walk around Lummus Park Beach, and wander the streets of Espanola Way.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miami trip planning site.

Getting from Orlando to Miami by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Orlando in January, with highs in Miami at 77°F and lows at 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tampa.
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Tampa — 2 nights

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour, then trek along Courtney Campbell Trail, then hike along Beach Walk, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Cigar City Brewing. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bayshore Boulevard, look for all kinds of wild species at Weedon Island Preserve, then stroll through Fred Howard Park, and finally kick back and relax at Sunset Beach.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampa online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miami to Tampa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in January: high temperatures in Tampa hover around 71°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of The Sinks, admire the sheer force of Meigs Falls, trek along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then admire the sheer force of Spruce Flats Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tampa to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is much colder than Tampa - with highs of 47°F and lows of 29°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Jim Thorpe.
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Jim Thorpe — 1 night

Jim Thorpe is a borough and the county seat of Carbon County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jim Thorpe tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jim Thorpe by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in January, things will get little chillier in Jim Thorpe: highs are around 37°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

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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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Pocono Mountains Region travel guide

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Water Parks · Waterfalls · Casinos
Taking up the better part of northeastern Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains Region contains more than 6,200 sq km (2,400 sq mi) of rolling mountains, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and streams. A year-round vacation getaway, the region once attracted mostly honeymooners. Today, the Poconos draw adventure-seekers from around the globe, arriving in throngs to explore one of the southernmost ski areas in the United States. Famous for its pristine nature teeming with native wildlife, the region is a quick car ride from New England or New York. The Pocono Mountains do not encompass any major cities--the wilderness area dotted with small towns and natural attractions makes this one of the least polluted portions of the region.
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