42 days in United States & Belgium Itinerary

42 days in United States & Belgium Itinerary

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42 days in United States & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Shenzhen, China
Fly:  16​h
1
Honolulu, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Las Vegas, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
New Orleans, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Nashville, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Pigeon Forge, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Orlando, United States
— 4 nights
7
Key West, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Savannah, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Washington DC, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Boston, United States
— 4 nights
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Fly + train + bus:  11​h 45​min
11
Bruges, Belgium
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
12
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
End: Shenzhen, China

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Honolulu, United States

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Koko Crater Railway Trail and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Shark Diving (in Haleiwa), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and kick back and relax at Kailua Beach Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu road trip app .

Shenzhen, China to Honolulu is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Shenzhen to Honolulu is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Shenzhen in May, Honolulu is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kailua, Polynesian Cultural Center, Nu’uanu Pali, Shark Diving, Byodo-In Temple
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Byodo-In Temple ©
Byodo-In Temple
Nu’uanu Pali ©
Nu’uanu Pali

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gun Garage and Dig This. Venture out of the city with trips to Helicopter Tours (in Boulder City) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip website .

You can fly from Honolulu to Las Vegas in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Honolulu in May since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Tours Museums

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Valley of Fire State Park
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Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage
Food Tours
Dig This ©
Dig This

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New Orleans, United States

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game and New Orleans City Park. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation & Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site), Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, wander the streets of Royal Street, and admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to New Orleans by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vacherie, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Whitney Plantation, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nashville, United States

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beer Tastings & Tours and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Bowling Green (Lost River Cave & National Corvette Museum). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville tour itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Nashville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 31°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Bowling Green
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The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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Pigeon Forge, United States

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parrot Mountain & Gardens and Clingmans Dome. Explore Pigeon Forge's surroundings by going to Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Anna Ruby Falls (in Helen). There's much more to do: hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and look for gifts at The Old Mill Candy Kitchen.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge route builder website .

Drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Anna Ruby Falls
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Hillbilly Golf ©
Hillbilly Golf
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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Orlando, United States

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Daytona International Speedway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orlando: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Canaveral), Cocoa Beach (in Cocoa Beach) and Crystal River (Scuba & Snorkeling & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Beach at Daytona Beach, take in panoramic vistas at The Wheel at ICON Park, stop by Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, and make an unforgettable trip to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Orlando, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Daytona Beach, Crystal River, Cocoa Beach, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Key West, United States

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dry Tortugas National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Zachary Taylor, and steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Key West takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Key West, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum ©
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park

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Savannah, United States

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Fort Pulaski National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savannah: Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum (in Tybee Island) and Hilton Head (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Coligny Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Historic Savannah Theatre, stroll the grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Olde Pink House, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savannah day trip tool .

Getting from Key West to Savannah by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Key West in June, Savannah is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Savannah

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Tybee Island
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal Discovery Museum ©
Coastal Discovery Museum
Colonial Park Cemetery ©
Colonial Park Cemetery

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg National Cemetery, & more) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Savannah to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, George Washington's Mount Vernon
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Boston, United States

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marginal Way Walkway and Ogunquit Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Newport (The Breakers, Cliff Walk, & more), Provincetown (Provincetown Waterfront Memorial Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more) and Perkins Cove (in Ogunquit). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old North Church & Historic Site, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, and get your bearings at Boston Public Library.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Boston online road trip planner .

Fly from Washington DC to Boston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Boston reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Boston

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport, Provincetown, Ogunquit
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:
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Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Provincetown Waterfront Memorial Park ©

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): raise your glass at 2be Beer Wall, then steep yourself in history at Beguinage (Begijnhof), then admire the striking features of Stadhuis, and finally make a trip to Burg Square.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner .

Getting from Boston to Bruges by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in June, expect Bruges to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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Beguinage (Begijnhof) ©
Beguinage (Begijnhof)
2be Beer Wall ©
2be Beer Wall
Stadhuis ©
Stadhuis

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Central Station, make a trip to Grote Markt van Antwerpen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and then stroll through Pairi Daiza.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels trip planner .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Antwerp, Pairi Daiza, Ghent City Center
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