26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
7
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
8
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Riyadh

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Visit Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park for some beach relaxation. When in Honolulu, make a side trip to see Waimea Bay in Haleiwa, approximately 54 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapiolani Regional Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu online journey planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Honolulu is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Riyadh to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Riyadh in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps are in your itinerary. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Union Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online travel route planner .

Fly from Honolulu to San Francisco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco. In December, San Francisco is much colder than Honolulu - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at The Grove, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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 31st (Mon), look for gifts at Barneys New York, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by M&M'S World Las Vegas, browse the different shops at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get slightly colder in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hermit's Rest and Tusayan Museum. Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Yavapai Geology Museum. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, steep yourself in history at Grand Canyon Railway Depot, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

2
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key) and Marathon (Crane Point Museum & Nature Center & Pigeon Key Foundation). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours and explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Key West route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Key West in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, things will get much warmer in Key West: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Marathon, Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Head to Fifth Avenue and Shopping Girlfriend NYCfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, contemplate the long history of Ellis Island, go for a walk through Central Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

Getting from Key West to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Key West in January, with highs in New York City at 5°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Parks
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 ©

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