33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 11 nights
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Key West
— 4 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
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New York City — 11 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.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Times Square and Fifth Avenue. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Lakota Wolf Preserve (in Columbia), Duke Farms (in Hillsborough) and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Hyde Park). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stroll through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Find out how to plan New York City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Key West.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Key West — 4 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Key West Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Mary Star of the Sea and Truman Little White House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Key West: National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key) and Crane Point Museum & Nature Center (in Marathon). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion Inn, browse the exhibits of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and see the interesting displays at Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West trip maker site.

Fly from New York City to Key West in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Key West to be warmer, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 7th (Sat), learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New Orleans visit website.

Fly from Key West to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Key West in January, with highs in New Orleans at 17°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Greystone Mansion and Park. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Montana Avenue, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, visit Angelino Heights Historic Area, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Stephen & Walker Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Healdsburg (Geyser Peak Winery & Sapphire Hill Winery) and Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Chinatown, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and stop by The Embarcadero.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and University of Alaska Museum of the North are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, stop by Santa Claus House, and see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks journey planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Fairbanks by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Fairbanks is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around -17°C and lows are around -27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, Oahu — 3 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Visit USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Iolani Palace and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Swim with Dolphins in Waianae--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and make a trip to Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honolulu road trip tool.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Honolulu in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fairbanks to Honolulu is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Fairbanks in January; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
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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Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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Alaska travel guide

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The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.
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