20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Norton Simon Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). There's more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Oakland California Temple. Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Mill Valley (Mount Tamalpais State Park & Muir Woods National Monument). There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

New York City

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Museum-lovers will get to explore 9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to New York City by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New York City is 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in New York City at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 4 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence Hall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and Please Touch Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Wilmington (Hagley Museum And Library & Nemours Estate). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, examine the collection at The Franklin Institute, don't miss a visit to 30th Street Station, and take a stroll through Boathouse Row.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia travel route planning site.

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Visit Washington National Cathedral and Arlington National Cemetery for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum. Step out of Washington DC to go to Chantilly and see Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, contemplate the long history of Georgetown University, and pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC journey builder.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.