26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Ulaanbaatar
Fly + bus:  17​h 45​min
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  3​h
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Ulaanbaatar

4
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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read New York City tour itinerary planner.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to New York City is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 13 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park ©
Central Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

4
days
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, stroll through National Zoological Park, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and ponder the world of politics at The White House.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Washington DC online vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

4
days
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Las Vegas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Phoenix.

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Hoover Dam
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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day
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona. On the 5th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Phoenix by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. In January, Phoenix is somewhat warmer than Las Vegas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 8°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum

3
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Phoenix to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Portland.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
days
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laurelhurst Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Portland road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Portland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in Portland to be a bit cooler, around 1°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Multnomah Falls
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Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books
Oregon Zoo
Oregon Zoo

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Portland in January, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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