32 days in South Pacific, United States, Central America & South America Itinerary

32 days in South Pacific, United States, Central America & South America Itinerary

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32 days in South Pacific, United States, Central America & South America Itinerary

Auckland Central, New Zealand
Auckland Central, New Zealand
— Few hours
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Seattle, United States
— 1 night
train:  4​h
San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Las Vegas, United States
— 5 nights
Fly + foot + tram:  4​h 45​min
Dallas, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
Orlando, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Miami, United States
— 3 nights
tram + Fly:  6​h
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  5​h
Manizales, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
Auckland Central, New Zealand

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Auckland Central, New Zealand

Auckland Central ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by Pauanesia, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland Central trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. November in Auckland Central sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seattle road trip website .

Fly from Auckland Central to Seattle in 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Seattle due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
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Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Spend the 28th (Wed) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by combination of flight and subway takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in November: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

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Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Las Vegas, United States

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. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary website .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Las Vegas to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Dallas.

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Hoover Dam
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Dallas, United States

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dallas trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to Dallas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Dallas. In December in Dallas, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

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Orlando, United States

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.
On the 9th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Orlando trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Orlando takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in December: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miami.

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Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, take a stroll through Lincoln Road, then contemplate the long history of Freedom Tower, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, shop like a local with Aventura Mall, and then explore and take pictures at AmericanAirlines Arena.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Miami online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and tram from Orlando to Miami in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Orlando in December since evenings lows in Miami dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Miami

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Miami Beach, Aventura Mall
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose holiday planner .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Miami to San Jose in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Panama City.

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River Rafting & Tubing

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then make a trip to Panama Canal. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Panama City route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, Panama City is somewhat warmer than San Jose - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento La Popa de la Galera, then step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Cartagena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. December in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Manizales.

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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Manizales, Colombia

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, then appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Colonizadores, then head outdoors with Torre Panoramica de Chipre, and finally examine the collection at Museo Once Caldas. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Recinto del Pensamiento, then relax in the rural setting at Coffee Tour Hacienda Venecia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Manizales.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manizales online trip builder .

Getting from Cartagena to Manizales by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

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Coffee Tour Hacienda Venecia ©
Coffee Tour Hacienda Venecia
Catedral de Manizales ©
Catedral de Manizales
Recinto del Pensamiento ©
Recinto del Pensamiento

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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Torre Colpatria, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bogota visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Manizales to Bogota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

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Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Torre Colpatria ©
Torre Colpatria

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). On the next day, stroll through Cerro San Cristobal, get great views at Sky Costanera, and then don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Santiago online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Santiago takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in December, with highs in Santiago at 33°C and lows at 14°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off tohome.

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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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