27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

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27 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online tour planner .

Sydney, Australia to Chicago is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Chicago. In December, Chicago is colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New York City journey planning tool .

Getting from Chicago to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

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
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then ponder the design of Longwood Gardens. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, then hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and finally pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip website .

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Nightlife

Side Trip

Longwood Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

2
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
On the 30th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, then stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Dobbin House Tavern. Here are some ideas for day two: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, then have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, then contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, and finally explore and take pictures at Devils Den.

Plan trip to Gettysburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Gettysburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Devils Den ©
Devils Den

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 1st (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at White House, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC road trip app .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. When traveling from Gettysburg in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Washington DC, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Washington DC

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

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Gumbo Limbo Trail (in Everglades National Park) and Thalatta Estate Park (in Palmetto Bay). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and have fun at Lock & Load Miami.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Miami trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Miami takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, things will get much warmer in Miami: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Miami

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Gumbo Limbo Trail, Thalatta Estate Park, Aventura Mall, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Miami ©
Lock & Load Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Tue), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Book Passage, then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder app .

You can fly from Miami to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Miami in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

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

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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