20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Miami
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, then take a stroll through Collins Avenue, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Sawgrass Mills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Wynwood Walls, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Miami vacation planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Miami is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Miami, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Sawgrass Mills
Highlights from your plan
Sawgrass Mills ©
Sawgrass Mills
Wynwood Walls ©
Wynwood Walls
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Orlando International Premium Outlets or International Drive. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stetson Mansion and World of Disney. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, cool off at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from ICON Orlando.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Miami to Orlando takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Miami in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Orlando. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Orlando International Premium Outlets ©
World of Disney ©
World of Disney

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at The National WWII Museum and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Royal Street or Anatolian Silver. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie) and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and take a stroll through Garden District.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Orlando to New Orleans by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Orlando in December, plan for much colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oak Alley Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Garden District ©
Garden District
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©

2
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, shop like a local with The Strip, and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Neon Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip website .

Fly from New Orleans to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New Orleans in December since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Let the collections at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Newseum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Washington DC by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: highs in Washington DC hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to 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
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection

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