15 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Washington DC
— 2 nights


New York City — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, go for a walk through Times Square, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to New York City is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Chicago.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Chicago — 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk around Millennium Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chicago online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

Los Angeles — 3 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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Downtown Disney District, which is approximately 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

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You can fly from Chicago to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 December, expect Los Angeles to be warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Washington DC — 2 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 enjoy Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute and Washington Monument. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at United States Botanic Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip maker.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Washington DC in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Washington DC to be little chillier, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.