24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

Make it your trip
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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New York City — 4 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Visit Brooklyn Heights Promenade and 9/11 Memorial for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and take a stroll through Dumbo.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the New York City day trip planning app.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from London to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Chicago.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
Side Trip

Chicago — 2 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the striking features of Holy Name Cathedral, examine the collection at Oriental Institute Museum, then make a trip to Michigan Avenue Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Loop. On the next day, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, then admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Chicago holiday planning app.

You can fly from New York City to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lands End, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker tool.

You can fly from Chicago to San Francisco in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Trails

Yosemite National Park — 1 night

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 4th (Sun), get great views at Valley View and then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, then contemplate the long history of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 2 nights

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Harmony Cellars and then pick up some new knowledge with Harmony Glassworks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 20°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monterey.
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Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Wineries
Side Trip

Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Monterey to go to Big Sur and see Pfeiffer State Beach, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Elkhorn Slough Safari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from San Simeon in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tucson.
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Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips

Tucson — 2 nights

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, take in the exciting artwork at Madaras Gallery, and then examine the collection at Museum of the Horse Soldier. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum and then take a peaceful walk through Tucson Mountain Park West.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tucson trip planning app.

Fly from Monterey to Tucson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monterey to Tucson. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sedona.
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Museums · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife

Sedona — 3 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
For shopping fun, head to Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden or Ivory Angelic. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jerome State Historic Park and Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Doe Mountain Trail, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Fay Canyon Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tucson to Sedona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tucson in December, expect nights in Sedona to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Step off the beaten path and head to Yavapai Point and Hermit Road. The adventure continues: get great views at Mohave Point, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, surround yourself with nature on Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra, and admire the striking features of Lookout Studio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route builder site.

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in December: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

United States travel guide

4.5
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.
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California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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Arizona travel guide

4.4
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
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