26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Austin
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  9​h 15​min
8
Orlando
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Miami
— 1 night
+2
tram + Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
11
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Mumbai

3
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, and take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online road trip planner .

Mumbai, India to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in New York City reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Washington DC

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

1
night
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, then take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and then get your game on at The Escape Game Austin.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Austin road trip planning app .

Fly from Washington DC to Austin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Austin. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Austin to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Zilker Metropolitan Park ©
Zilker Metropolitan Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Austin to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally do a tasting at Joyce Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then don't miss a visit to The Shakespeare Society of America, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Big Sur driving holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Big Sur hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Moss Landing, Joyce Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco holiday maker .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then admire the engineering at Hoover Dam.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip app .

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Las Vegas, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

1
night
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Walt Disney World Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Las Vegas to Orlando in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Orlando is 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

1
night
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
On the 1st (Tue), shop like a local with Lincoln Road and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach.

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You can drive from Orlando to Miami in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Miami when traveling from Orlando in December, with lows around 23°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Miami Beach
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

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nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hike along Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip site .

Do a combination of tram, flight, and bus from Miami to Grand Canyon National Park in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Miami to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in January; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 7°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego online route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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