41 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
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New York City
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Philadelphia
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Washington DC
— 6 nights
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Lake Charles
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Alexandria
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San Francisco — 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Stephen & Walker Winery. Get outdoors at Half Moon Bay State Beach and Mavericks. Venture out of the city with trips to Pacifica State Beach (in Pacifica), Half Moon Bay (Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Naples Beach, &more) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach State Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Francisco. Traveling from Toronto in November, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to New York City.
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New York City — 7 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 9/11 Memorial and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ellis Island and World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

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Fly from San Francisco to New York City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In November, New York City is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 6 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Visit Valley Forge National Historical Park and Elfreth's Alley for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Barnes Foundation and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Cape May (Cape May Beach & Sunset Beach) and Washington Crossing Historic Park (in Washington Crossing). There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fireman's Hall, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church.

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You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 6 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Washington National Cathedral and Gettysburg National Military Park. Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg National Cemetery (in Gettysburg) and Great Falls Park (in McLean). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, go all around town with Bi-Partisan Tour Company, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Lake Charles.
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Lake Charles — 4 nights

Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. McFaddin-Ward House Museum and St Charles Borromeo Church will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mae's Beach and Holly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lafayette (Vermilionville & Acadian Village), Beaumont (The Chambers House, Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, &more) and Breaux Bridge (Lake Martin & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's lots more to do: hike along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, see the interesting displays at Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, and admire the masterpieces at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center.

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Fly from Washington DC to Lake Charles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Lake Charles reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Alexandria.
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Alexandria — 5 nights

Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Arlington National Cemetery and Alfred Street Baptist Church will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of the Marine Corps and Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation. Venture out of the city with trips to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (in Richmond), Raptor Hill Falconry (in Stanley) and Quantico National Cemetery (in Quantico). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Rag Mountain Hike, explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Vernon Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of Saint Mary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Presbyterian Meeting House.

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Getting from Lake Charles to Alexandria by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lake Charles in December, things will get little chillier in Alexandria: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Rockaway Beach, visit Marina District, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally stroll the grounds of San Francisco National Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Capitola Beach, then stroll through Manresa State Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.

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Traveling by flight from Alexandria to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Alexandria to San Francisco. Traveling from Alexandria in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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.
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