20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

London
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h
London

1
day
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 28th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral and then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from New York City to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Visit Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Waikiki Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace, examine the collection at Bishop Museum, and steep yourself in history at Shangri La.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu online vacation builder .

You can fly from San Francisco to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu. In January, Honolulu is much hotter than San Francisco - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

2
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey builder .

You can fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

2
days
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at The Neon Museum, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally shop like a local with The Strip. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Las Vegas is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

3
days
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tusayan Museum and Hermit's Rest. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Kolb Studio. On the 13th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's more to do: trek along Rim Trail and take in a show at Hopi House.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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