18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  16​h
1
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Houston


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5
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
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.
Head to The Mall at Millenia and World of Disneyfor plenty of shopping. Kids will appreciate attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Take a break from Orlando with a short trip to Andy Romano Beachfront Park in Ormond Beach, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks, revel in the low prices at Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Avenue, look for gifts at Judy's Dolls Shop, and get in on the family fun at The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Orlando travel planner .

Houston to Orlando is an approximately 16-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Orlando is 1 hour. June in Orlando sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Andy Romano Beachfront Park, Judy's Dolls Shop
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Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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.
Family-friendly places like Ponquogue Beach and Central Park will thrill your kids. Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and Kalustyan's. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, make a trip to Times Square, and take a stroll through Carnegie Hill.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New York City road trip site .

Getting from Orlando to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Orlando in July, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Ponquogue Beach
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1
night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get some fabulous bargains at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA and then meet the residents at Aquarium of Niagara. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish, and then try to win big at Seneca Niagara Casino.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Niagara Falls trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Niagara Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Niagara Falls to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manhattan Beach.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Casinos Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums
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Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA ©
Niagara Falls Observation Tower ©
Niagara Falls Observation Tower

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will enjoy Whihala Beach Co Park and Shedd Aquarium. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, make a trip to Cloud Gate, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Whihala Beach
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sun), take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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