17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Orlando
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Orlando

— 3 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Have a day of magic on the 19th (Sat) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 22nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. The adventure continues: discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park and get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Orlando trip planner.

San Antonio to Orlando is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Orlando is 1 hour. Traveling from San Antonio in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Orlando: highs are around 77°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks

Washington DC

— 3 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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in December, with highs in Washington DC at 51°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, wander the streets of Times Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Take a train from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

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 30th (Wed): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building, make a trip to Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally find something for the whole family at Fox in a Box Chicago.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chicago online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 38°F and lows reach 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Chicago to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

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 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, Las Vegas is slightly colder at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.