24 days in Continental USA Itinerary

24 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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24 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip maker .

Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 20 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Seattle, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Field Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago planner .

Fly from Seattle to Chicago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Chicago are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New York City vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

3
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.
National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Washington DC route maker app .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Washington DC hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take in the exciting artwork at KEPart Studio-Gallery, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Key West Firehouse Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at Oldest House & Garden Museum, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, then view the masterpieces at Key West Pottery, and finally view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West trip planner .

Fly from Washington DC to Key West in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Key West to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

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.
Head to Royal Street and Faulkner House Booksfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, don't miss a visit to French Quarter, enjoy some diversion at Escape My Room New Orleans, and examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Key West to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Key West to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Key West in May: high temperatures in New Orleans hover around 24°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art ©
New Orleans Museum of Art

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 3rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Neon Museum, then browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker 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. Traveling from New Orleans to Las Vegas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 46°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Griffith Observatory and The Grammy Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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