13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Seattle
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Madison

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 1st (Tue): browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Barneys New York, buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Madison to Las Vegas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Madison to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madison in January, expect Las Vegas to be much hotter, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or City Lights Booksellers. Alcatraz Island and Union Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, explore the galleries of Chinese Culture Center, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and then kick back and relax at Kailua Beach Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 81°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kapiolani Regional Park ©
Kapiolani Regional Park

1
day
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seattle road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Honolulu to Seattle in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Seattle is 2 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in January, expect Seattle to be much colder, temps between 48°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Tiffany & Co.. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, take a stroll through Times Square, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Seattle to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in January: high temperatures in New York City hover around 40°F and lows are around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Millennium Park, and then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, then get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and then contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago journey tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Chicago to be little chillier, temps between 32°F and 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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