28 days in United States & Amsterdam Itinerary

28 days in United States & Amsterdam Itinerary

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28 days in United States & Amsterdam Itinerary

Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  21​h 45​min
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Washington DC, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
Fly + tram:  7​h 15​min
Miami, United States
— 4 nights
tram + Fly:  11​h 45​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Cape Town, South Africa

5
days
New York City, United States

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.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Strand Bookstore. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the New York City vacation tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect New York City to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

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Museums Parks Shopping
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

3
days
Washington DC, United States

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: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC vacation website .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
The White House ©
The White House

2
days
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 13th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 4°C and lows about -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago ©

5
days
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach for some beach relaxation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bergamot Station and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miami.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

3
days
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Head to Lincoln Road and Aventura Mallfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at South Beach and Hollywood Beach. Take a break from Miami with a short trip to Shark Valley in Everglades National Park, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haulover Beach Park, shop like a local with Collins Avenue, browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, and take a stroll through Art Deco Historic District.

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Getting from Los Angeles to Miami by combination of flight and tram takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Miami is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Miami to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Shark Valley, Hollywood Beach, Aventura Mall, Haulover Beach Park
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Haulover Beach Park ©
Haulover Beach Park

6
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Albert Cuyp Market and The American Book Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, take a stroll through Red Light District, get a taste of the local shopping with De Negen Straatjes, and make a trip to Leidseplein.

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Getting from Miami to Amsterdam by combination of tram and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Amsterdam. In December, Amsterdam is much colder than Miami - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Frans Hals Museum, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

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