18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  14​h
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Cairo

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection. Fifth Avenue and Times Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, stop by Tiffany & Co., and get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Girlfriend NYC.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing planner .

Cairo, Egypt to New York City is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cairo to New York City. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in New York City: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection

2
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and South Carlsbad State Beach. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Shores Park and Black's Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Diego in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Montana Avenue, then look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and finally browse the different shops at The Grove.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Fire State Park and Hoover Dam Bypass. Head to The Strip and Las Vegas North Premium Outletsfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Pahrump (Pahrump Valley Winery & Sanders Family Winery). The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, browse the different shops at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online tour planner .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Las Vegas is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pahrump, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Wynn Las Vegas ©
Wynn Las Vegas

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bodega Head and San Gregorio State Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Fisherman's Wharf. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in Sebastopol) and Ramini Mozzarella (in Tomales). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, take a stroll through SoMa, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Las Vegas in January, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Bodega Head, San Gregorio State Beach, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Ramini Mozzarella
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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