26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Houston
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 30​min
5
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Jerusalem

5
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and Sharpsteen Museum. For shopping fun, head to Oxbow Public Market or Vacaville Premium Outlets. Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Chateau St. Jean Winery (in Kenwood), Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens (in Fulton) and Imagery Estate Winery (in Glen Ellen). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, look for gifts at Dean & DeLuca, savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa, and admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Napa tour planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Napa is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Calistoga, St. Helena, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Patrick Amiot
Highlights from your plan
Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery ©
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Sun), examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, then get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and then stroll through Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Napa in January since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

6
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.
Let the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Mission San Juan Capistrano capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Ojai Meadows Preserve (in Ojai), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Laguna Beach). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, hike along Devil's Punchbowl, and take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Los Angeles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

5
nights
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Space Center Houston and Houston Museum of Natural Science are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Potter Country Store and Old Town Spring. Venture out of the city with trips to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Houston Premium Outlets (in Cypress) and Beaumont (Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown, McFaddin-Ward House Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Monument Hill State Park, examine the collection at Houston Museum District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rothko Chapel, and explore the galleries of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston itinerary planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Houston in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Houston due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Beaumont, La Grange, Houston Premium Outlets, Battleship Texas State Historic Site, Potter Country Store
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fifth Avenue and Gateway National Recreation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chelsea Market and Amazing Olive. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Bayard Cutting Arboretum (in Great River), Cattus Island County Park (in Toms River) and Quogue Wildlife Refuge (in Quogue). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, look for gifts at Jacks Barn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lakota Wolf Preserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Houston to New York City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in January, with highs in New York City at 5°C and lows at -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in New York City

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Gateway National Recreation, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Callie's Candy Kitchen, Jacks Barn, Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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