17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  29​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and then have fun at Petco Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to San Diego is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to San Diego. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Coronado Island
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

4
nights
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.
You've now added Hollywood Sign to your itinerary. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Los Angeles is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and tram; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 6th (Thu), you're off toGrand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Sign ©
Hollywood Sign

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Titanic and then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas online journey builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Las Vegas to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Titanic ©
Titanic
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then explore the activities along San Francisco Bay. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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.
On the 15th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Central Park. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner .

Getting from Chicago to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to New York City is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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