18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  36​h
8
New York City
— 2 nights
End: New York City

2
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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 14th (Thu), make a trip to Times Square, then explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Gateway National Recreation and then wander the streets of Fifth Avenue.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from Uzbekistan, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, browse the different shops at The Grove, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from New York City to Los Angeles takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In December, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, then cruise along State Street, and then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and USS Pampanito. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel itinerary creator.

Fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 23rd (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery and then tee off at Wawona Golf Course. On your second day here, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Golf Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

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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 25th (Mon): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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nights
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.
On the 27th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, then get great views at Lookout Studio, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Shopping Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace

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New York City

New York City ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, look for gifts at Strand Bookstore, and then admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, admire the striking features of Algonquin Hotel, and then take a stroll through Wall Street.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City in 36 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in New York City, with highs around 11°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island
The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

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