21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Train to Santa Clara Caltrain, Fly to San Diego
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Houston
— 4 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Orlando
— 5 nights
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San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Coronado Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Pacific Beach and Moonlight State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Oceanside Museum of Art (in Oceanside), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, walk around La Jolla Shores Park, and stroll through South Carlsbad State Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego holiday planner.

San Francisco to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Houston

— 4 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lone Star Flight Museum and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Change things up with a short trip to Big Thicket National Preserve in Kountze (about 1h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Funeral History, explore the world behind art at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and walk around Smither Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Houston trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from San Diego to Houston by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Houston is 2 hours. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect Houston to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Whitney Plantation and Garden District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Boutique du Vampyre and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum (in Covington), Global Wildlife Center (in Folsom) and Biloxi Beach (in Biloxi). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Augustine Church, put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, and head outdoors with Ultimate Swamp Adventures.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Houston to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orlando

— 5 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
Visit Ormond Beach and Beach at Daytona Beach for some beach relaxation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at International Drive and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orlando: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Canaveral), Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (in Homosassa Springs) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Melbourne). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at The Florida Mall, get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and visit a coastal fixture at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Orlando trip site.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Orlando, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.