26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
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Philadelphia
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Washington DC
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Orlando
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New Orleans
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New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Fifth Avenue and Times Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: 8th Ave Jetty (in Asbury Park), Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway (in Manasquan) and Ocean Grove Beach (in Ocean Grove). There's much more to do: walk around Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 27th (Sun), take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square, pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, then admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally hike along Kelly Drive. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia online trip builder.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 3 nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Eastern Market, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Orlando

— 5 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame will appeal to museum buffs. Head to The Mall at Millenia and Orlando International Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in New Smyrna Beach (about 1h 5 min away). Pack the 3rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's still lots to do: cool off at Discovery Cove, take in the exciting artwork at Timothy's Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Disney Springs, and get in on the family fun at SeaWorld.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Orlando trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Shop till you drop at Royal Street and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Garden District and Rodrigue Studio. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, get a dose of the wild on Happiness Bayou Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, and see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to New Orleans takes 4.5 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. When traveling from Orlando in July, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Dunes Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach), Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from New Orleans to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to San Francisco. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.