23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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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.
Visiting Happiness Bayou Tours and Chalmette National Historical Park will get you outdoors. Head to Jamie Hayes Gallery and Magazine Streetfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: stop by Garden District, get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, and learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip builder app.

Charlotte to New Orleans is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Charlotte in November, expect warmer with lows of 61°F in New Orleans. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Houston

— 3 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.
On the 30th (Mon), engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, explore the galleries of Cockrell Butterfly Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hermann Park's Japanese Garden, then play a few rounds at Hermann Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Water Wall. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strand, enjoy the sand and surf at Quintana Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Brazos Bend State Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Houston trip app.

Fly from New Orleans to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in November, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Houston: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Grand Canyon Village will get you outdoors. When in Grand Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Little Colorado River Gorge in Cameron, approximately Cameron away. On the 5th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rim Trail, get great views at Hopi Point, take an unforgettable tour with Maverick Helicopters, and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Houston to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Houston to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 45°F and lows reach 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Santa Monica Farmers Market or Montana Avenue. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Third Street Promenade). Pack the 13th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, catch a movie at California Science Center, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 69°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Parks

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.
Relax by the water at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Cowell Ranch State Beach. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Mumm Napa. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Dunes Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Sonoma Canopy Tours (in Occidental). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through Chinatown, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation planning tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.