12 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
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Washington DC
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San Francisco
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Las Vegas
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New York City — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, go for a walk through Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read New York City day trip tool.

Indianapolis to New York City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in December; daily highs in New York City reach 48°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 3 nights

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.
Washington DC is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, and get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Washington DC travel planning tool.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. December in Washington DC sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
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Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Tue), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour builder tool.

Fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 59°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Las Vegas.
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Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Las Vegas — 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 15th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, try to win big at Caesars Palace, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Las Vegas, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Casinos
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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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