16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
5
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
6
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Mon), hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, then kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Yosemite National Park is minus 11 hours. In December, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Kuwait City - with highs of 9°C and lows of -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, then shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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 28th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then don't miss a visit to The Strip. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Paris Las Vegas, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon 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

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Grand Canyon National Park. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online route builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 8°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and Truman Little White House. Let the collections at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Fort East Martello Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with 7 Artists & Friends.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Key West takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Key West, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect Key West to be much hotter, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, make a trip to Empire State Building, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City online route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Key West in January, things will get cooler in New York City: highs are around 5°C and lows about -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks 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

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