24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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Atlanta
— 1 day
Drive
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Tuscaloosa
— 1 night
Drive to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Fly to Arcata
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Arcata
— 1 night
Drive
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Oakland
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Tucson
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Cruces
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Bend National Park
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Atlanta — 1 day

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Georgia Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Atlanta trip itinerary planner.

Durham to Atlanta is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. November in Atlanta sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tuscaloosa.
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Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks
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Tuscaloosa — 1 night

Tuscaloosa is a city in and the seat of Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama (in the southeastern United States). Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Tuscaloosa Farmers' Market, then see the interesting displays at Paul W. Bryant Museum, and then examine the collection at The Old Tavern Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tuscaloosa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Tuscaloosa can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Arcata.
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Arcata — 1 night

Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest, get a new perspective on nature at Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Arcata tour planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tuscaloosa to Arcata. Traveling from Tuscaloosa to Arcata, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tuscaloosa in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Arcata: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oakland.
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Oakland — 1 night

On the 2nd (Fri), explore the galleries of Lawrence Hall of Science, then stroll the grounds of Mountain View Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Oakland California Temple, and finally walk around Redwood Regional Park.

Make your Oakland itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Arcata to Oakland takes 5 hours. December in Oakland sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey maker.

San Francisco is just a short distance from Oakland. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Big Sur.
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Big Sur — 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 5th (Mon), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then take in the exciting artwork at Hawthorne Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Rocky Creek Bridge, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the next day, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then don't miss a visit to Historic Lily pond, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in December, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 1 night

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 10th (Sat), trek along Cap Rock at Joshua Tree and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ryan Mountain.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 61°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tucson.
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Tucson — 1 night

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): sample some tasty brews at Reisen Arizona Day Tours, then get a taste of the local shopping with Madaras Gallery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tucson online day trip planner.

You can fly from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson. In December, daytime highs in Tucson are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Las Cruces.
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Las Cruces — 1 night

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, then stroll around Veterans Memorial Park, and then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Las Cruces.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Las Cruces trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tucson to Las Cruces in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tucson in December; daily highs in Las Cruces reach 57°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Big Bend National Park.
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Big Bend National Park — 1 night

Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trek along S Rim Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Big Bend National Park planning site.

Getting from Las Cruces to Big Bend National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Las Cruces to Big Bend National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Cruces in December: high temperatures in Big Bend National Park hover around 65°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 2 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of King William Historic District, let the kids burn off some steam at Brackenridge Park, examine the collection at Spanish Governor's Palace, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, gain some tasty knowledge on Cottonwood Wine Tours, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio itinerary planning website.

Drive from Big Bend National Park to San Antonio in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in December, San Antonio is a bit warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Historic Sites · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, and go all around town with Bi-Partisan Tour Company.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC online itinerary planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Washington DC by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in December, expect Washington DC to be a bit cooler, temps between 51°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to New York City.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

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 the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our New York City online travel planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

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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