23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 6 nights
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Hiller Aviation Museum and Asian Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and Golden Gate Promenade. Change things up with a short trip to Computer History Museum in Mountain View (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cliff House, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and get great views at Battery Spencer.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online day trip planner.

Manama, Bahrain to San Francisco is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Manama in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Gabriel Archangel and Holocaust Museum LA. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum and The Americana at Brand. Change things up with a short trip to Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints' Episcopal Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Craftsmanship Museum, then examine the collection at Mission San Luis Rey, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Making Music. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, admire the architecture and history at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Diego California Temple - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and finally grab your bike and head to Mission Beach Boardwalk.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego route maker site.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kansas City.
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Kansas City — 2 nights

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Jesse James Bank Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Serenity on the Square, and then examine the collection at Shoal Creek Living History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Brookside, examine the collection at Museum of Illusions, explore the world behind art at Spencer Museum of Art, then view the masterpieces at Phoenix Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Wonder Fair.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kansas City tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from San Diego to Kansas City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Kansas City is much colder than San Diego - with highs of 7°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Dearborn.
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Dearborn — 2 nights

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Islamic Center of America, see the interesting displays at Dearborn Historical Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Henry Ford Estate, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Troy Museum & Historic Village, then see the interesting displays at Stahls Automotive Collection, then examine the collection at GM Heritage Center, and finally don't miss a visit to James Scott Memorial Fountain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dearborn trip planning website.

Fly from Kansas City to Dearborn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Dearborn. When traveling from Kansas City in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dearborn: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Washington DC.
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore College Park Aviation Museum and Petersen Boarding House. Get a sense of the local culture at Anderson House and National Museum of African Art. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, examine the collection at National Museum of Women in the Arts, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Patrick's Catholic Church, and admire the striking features of DAR Museum.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Dearborn to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dearborn in December; daily highs in Washington DC reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to New York City.
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New York City — 6 nights

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 Lyndhurst and World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and The Oculus. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Nanuet to see Rockland Bakery about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at New York Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at The Morgan Library & Museum, don't miss a visit to Union Square, and browse the range of quality goods at Saks Fifth Avenue.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.
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Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.
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