17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25​h
1
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Cape Town


1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, stop by Faulkner House Books, then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, and finally wander the streets of Garden District.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the New Orleans travel route builder website .

Cape Town, South Africa to New Orleans is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: highs in New Orleans hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Avila Adobe, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

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Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Your inner history buff will appreciate Washington National Cathedral and Tomb of the Unknowns. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC travel route builder tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Washington DC by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get slightly colder in Washington DC: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomb of the Unknowns
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City online day trip planner .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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