21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
2
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Washington DC
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
New York City

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.
Visiting Jones Beach State Park and Rockaway Beach will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Coney Island. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Sandy Hook to see Gateway National Recreation about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, make a trip to Ellis Island, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and wander the streets of Seaport District NYC.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary website.

Cape Town, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in June; daily highs in New York City reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Gateway National Recreation, Coney Island
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

5
nights
New Orleans

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jackson Square and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Visit Garden District and St. Augustine Church for their historical value. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Zoo.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans tour itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Orleans in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

5
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
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.
Visiting Discovery Cove and Tenoroc Fish Management Area will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and MOAS - Museum of Arts and Sciences. Change things up with a short trip to Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, make a splash at Aquatica, get a new perspective on things with Makaio WaterSports, and make an unforgettable trip to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Orlando vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Orlando, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ponce Inlet, MOAS - Museum of Arts and Sciences, Tenoroc Fish Management Area
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Georgetown University and Smithsonian Institution Building. National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Falls Park (in McLean), Gunpowder Falls State Park (in Bradshaw) and Harborplace & The Gallery (in Baltimore). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, and get a sense of history and politics at White House.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

You can fly from Orlando to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Falls Park, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Flag Ponds Nature Park, Harborplace & The Gallery, Breezy Point Beach
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Flag Ponds Nature Park ©
Flag Ponds Nature Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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