21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 11 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Potomac
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Frederick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cumberland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Thurmont
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Owings Mills
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Washington DC


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11
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Mount Vernon Trail (in Arlington), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner .

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Potomac.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arlington, St Camillus Church, Old Town, George Washington's Mount Vernon, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Potomac

Potomac ©
Potomac is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, named for the nearby Potomac River. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Little Library, then stroll through Billy Goat Trail, and then make a trip to Lockhouse 22 - C&O Canal Trust.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Potomac road trip website .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Potomac takes an hour. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Potomac, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Frederick.

Things to do in Potomac

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Little Library
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Billy Goat Trail ©
Billy Goat Trail

2
nights
Frederick

Frederick ©
Frederick is a city and the county seat of Frederick County in the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, then sample the fine beverages at Dragon Distillery, LLC, and then partake in some friendly competition at Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Catoctin Creek Distillery and then take in the history at Antietam National Battlefield.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Frederick online attractions planner .

Drive from Potomac to Frederick in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Frederick can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cumberland.

Things to do in Frederick

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Catoctin Creek Distillery
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Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©

2
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Cumberland

Cumberland ©
Cumberland, officially the City of Cumberland, is a western gateway city and seat of Allegany County, Maryland, United States and the primary city of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. On the 16th (Mon), explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Allegheny Passage, steep yourself in history at Paw Paw Tunnel, and then savor the flavors at Hill Top Fruit Market. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Rocky Gap State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Berkeley Springs State Park, then don't miss a visit to Sideling Hill Welcome Center, and finally learn about winemaking at Charis Winery.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cumberland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Frederick to Cumberland by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Thurmont.

Things to do in Cumberland

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Berkeley Springs State Park, Hill Top Fruit Market
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Rocky Gap State Park ©
Rocky Gap State Park
Sideling Hill Welcome Center ©
Sideling Hill Welcome Center
Paw Paw Tunnel ©
Paw Paw Tunnel

2
nights
Thurmont

Thurmont ©
Thurmont is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. On the 18th (Wed), get answers to all your questions at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally take in the views from Loy's Station Covered Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, admire the majestic nature at Catoctin Mountain Park, and then browse the collection at Thurmont Regional Library.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Thurmont travel site .

You can drive from Cumberland to Thurmont in 2 hours. Traveling from Cumberland in December, you will find days in Thurmont are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Owings Mills.

Things to do in Thurmont

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Gettysburg
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2
nights
Owings Mills

Owings Mills ©
Owings Mills is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Owings Mills trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thurmont to Owings Mills takes an hour. Traveling from Thurmont in December, expect Owings Mills to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Owings Mills

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Baltimore
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Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino
National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium

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