17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  11​h
5
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
7
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and finally make a trip to Ghirardelli Square.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. In December, San Francisco is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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.
Shop till you drop at Bergamot Station and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Avila Adobe. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Montana Avenue, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady Queen of Angels.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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 26th (Wed): stop by Barneys New York, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then don't miss a visit to The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©
Barneys New York ©
Barneys New York

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, then take an in-depth tour of Bright Angel History Room, then contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, and finally examine the collection at Yavapai Geology Museum. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, then get to know the fascinating history of Bright Angel Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum

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.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Louisiana Music Factory, get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, and finally view the masterpieces at Jamie Hayes Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to New Orleans in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to New Orleans is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: highs in New Orleans hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Rock House Masterpieces, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then browse the exhibits of Truman Little White House, then get a taste of the local shopping with KEPart Studio-Gallery, and finally stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, shop like a local with Key West Pottery, look for gifts at Peppers of Key West, then take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends, then contemplate the long history of Curry Mansion, and finally hunt for treasures at Sunset Celebration.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Key West trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from New Orleans to Key West by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Key West. While traveling from New Orleans, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Key West, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, take in the exciting artwork at Sotheby's, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and stop by Tiffany & Co..

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Key West in January; daily highs in New York City reach 5°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can 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
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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