23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Wellington

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Malibu (Nicholas Canyon Beach & El Pescador State Beach). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Los Angeles is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Wellington in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 22°C, while days are warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strip and The LINQ Promenade. Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Fire State Park and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 45°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Fly from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Get a sense of the local culture at 21 Brix Winery and Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Step out of the city life by going to Cave of the Winds and Niagara Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Niagara Falls side-trips: Willow Creek Winery (in Silver Creek), Liberty Vineyards Winery (in Sheridan) and Times Beach Preserve (in Buffalo). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Schulze Vineyards & Winery and trek along Niagara Gorge Trail.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Niagara Falls takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Burt, Times Beach Preserve, 21 Brix Winery, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Liberty Vineyards Winery
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica

2
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 a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bay Head Beach in Bay Head, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Times Square, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, go for a walk through Central Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Niagara Falls in August since evenings lows in New York City dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bay Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

4
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.
Gettysburg National Military Park and George Washington's Mount Vernon will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skyline Drive and Arlington National Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center & Gettysburg National Cemetery). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Korean War Veterans Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, and admire all the interesting features of National Mall.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Washington DC sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Skyline Drive, Copper Fox Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bodega Dunes and Moshin Vineyards. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Goat Rock Beach in Jenner, about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, wander the streets of Union Square, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In August, San Francisco is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Bodega Dunes, Moshin Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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