29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
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Seattle
— 6 nights
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 6 nights
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Columbus
— 2 nights
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Richmond
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Santa Barbara

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Visiting Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter and Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Santa Barbara to Simi Valley to see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room, and stop by Chocolate Maya.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santa Barbara is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Seattle

— 6 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Snoqualmie Falls and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and The Museum of Flight. Take a break from Seattle with a short trip to Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get lost in a book at Seattle Public Library, stroll around Kerry Park, and find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to Seattle in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Lakefront Trail and Chicago River. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Center. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Chicago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in Chicago at 38°F and lows at 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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New York City

— 6 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.
Visiting Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and SoHo. There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, take a stroll through Dumbo, and stop by Greenwich Village.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to New York City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in New York City at 48°F and lows at 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Columbus.

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Columbus

— 2 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kelton House Museum & Garden, and then get to know the fascinating history of German Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then wander the streets of Easton Town Center, and then indulge your taste buds at Pedal Wagon Columbus.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Columbus trip planner.

Fly from New York City to Columbus in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Columbus to be slightly colder, temps between 43°F and 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Richmond.

Things to do in Columbus

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours

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Richmond

— 5 nights

The River City

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Carytown. Discover out-of-the-way places like Governor's Palace and Maymont. Explore Richmond's surroundings by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yorktown) and Williamsburg (Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Cemetery, get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, and learn about all things military at White House of the Confederacy.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Richmond journey builder app.

Fly from Columbus to Richmond in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Columbus in December, with highs in Richmond at 54°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

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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.