30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  3​h
5
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Dubai


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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.
Attractions like Central Park and New York Public Library make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, make a trip to Empire State Building, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in New York City reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

3
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 20th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planning website .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

1
night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, meet the residents at Aquarium of Niagara, and then admire the majestic nature at Whirlpool State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then try to win big at Seneca Niagara Casino.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Niagara Falls to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Michigan Artists Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse, and finally sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. On your second day here, look for gifts at American Spoon, then take a stroll through Front Street, then tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and finally browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Traverse City tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Niagara Falls to Traverse City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. In December in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping Golf Outdoors
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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Beer Tastings & Tours
Michigan Artists Gallery ©
Michigan Artists Gallery

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, examine the collection at The Field Museum, and take in the waterfront at Navy Pier.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Traverse City to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December in Chicago, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

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

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.
You've now added Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get outside with Bar 10 Ranch Activities, take in panoramic vistas at Yavapai Point, and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be about the same, around -11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, get curious at California Science Center, and have fun and explore at Travel Town.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Children's Creativity Museum. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Crissy Field, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip website .

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Children's Creativity Museum ©
Children's Creativity Museum

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, then shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo, then explore the activities along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll.

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

Fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Seattle is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium

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