43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Las Vegas
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New Orleans
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Orlando
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Key West
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Washington DC
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New York City
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Chicago
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San Francisco
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Los Angeles — 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Bergamot Station, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Pack the 10th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 4 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego journey builder site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, shop like a local with The Strip, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, and enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas visit website.

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get little chillier in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 3 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.
Bring the kids along to The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: walk around New Orleans City Park, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and meet the residents at Audubon Zoo.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our New Orleans day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to New Orleans takes 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 New Orleans. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Orlando.
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Orlando — 5 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 21st (Sat) at Magic Kingdom Park. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort and stroll around Mako.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando holiday site.

Getting from New Orleans to Orlando by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in December, expect nights in Orlando to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Key West.
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Key West — 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Parasailing & Paragliding. Venture out of the city with trips to National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key) and Marathon (San Pablo Catholic Church & Sombrero Beach). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Key West Aquarium, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Key West trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Key West. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Zoological Park and National Gallery of Art. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at United States Botanic Garden, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Key West to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Key West in December, with highs in Washington DC at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to New York City.
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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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and Empire State Building will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, stroll around Bryant Park, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City vacation planning website.

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, New York City is a bit cooler at night with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 8th (Wed), get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chicago journey planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 0°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder tool.

You can fly from Chicago to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect San Francisco to be much hotter, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, Oahu — 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like USS Arizona Memorial and Diamond Head State Monument. Venture out of the city with trips to Pupukea (Ehukai Beach Park & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the flight 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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