22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
train:  30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
4
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Central Park, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City visit planner .

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To find out how to plan a trip to Washington DC, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Washington DC sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 19th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Goldfield Ghost Town, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix visit site .

You can fly from Washington DC to Phoenix in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In December, Phoenix is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery, Goldfield Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stop by Mel Fisher's Treasures, explore and take pictures at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, and finally steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Zachary Taylor, browse the exhibits of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Phoenix to Key West in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix to Key West, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Phoenix in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Key West: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Curry Mansion ©
Curry Mansion

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, wander the streets of Royal Street, then make a trip to Arcadian Books, then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our New Orleans travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Key West to New Orleans in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Key West in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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 26th (Thu), shop like a local with The Strip, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Neon Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New Orleans in December since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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 cultural insight at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Las Vegas - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, look for gifts at Exploratorium, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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