11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Lafayette
Lafayette
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  3​h
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
Lafayette

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Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin and then get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lafayette trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Lafayette. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

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Lake Martin
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Lake Martin ©
Lake Martin
Vermilionville
Vermilionville

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Houston

Houston
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): engage your brain at Houston Museum of Natural Science and then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston trip generator.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lafayette to Houston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Austin.

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Museums Childrens Museums
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Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Museum of Natural Science

2
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Austin

Austin
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Driskill Bar, then take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Mount Bonnell, take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally appreciate the history behind Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Houston to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Houston in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Austin, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

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San Antonio

San Antonio
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 26th (Tue), admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepción, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco De La Espada Catholic Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Alamo. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando Cathedral, and then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Antonio trip builder.

Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

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The Alamo
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

3
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego online itinerary creator.

Getting from San Antonio to San Diego by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Antonio to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in December, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Phoenix trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Phoenix is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Phoenix, with lows of 45°F. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 1st (Mon), Head underground at Big Room, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Phoenix to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in December; daily highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park reach 58°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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