12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Miami Beach
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
3
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue and then explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online travel planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to New York City, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in December, with highs in New York City at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

1
day
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then admire the striking features of Art Deco Historic District, then shop like a local with Lincoln Road, and finally make a trip to Collins Avenue.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Miami Beach trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, tram, and bus from New York City to Miami Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or drive. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Miami Beach to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
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.
On the 27th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Key West Firehouse Museum, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Rock House Masterpieces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, look for gifts at Isle Cook Key West, then contemplate the long history of Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Key West planning website .

You can do a combination of bus, tram, and flight from Miami Beach to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, shop like a local with The Strip, and then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then try to win big at New York New York Casino, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and finally examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planner .

You can fly from Key West to Las Vegas in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. In December, Las Vegas is cooler than Key West - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

1
day
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, then explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, then wander the streets of Union Square, and finally do a tasting at Press Club. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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