32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
New York City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Montauk
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Shelter Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
10
Boston
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 15​min
11
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
14
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
15
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
16
Dallas
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Get outdoors at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary and Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Larry's Old Time Trade Days. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Houston tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Houston is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, tram, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Houston is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit cooler in Houston: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

High Island, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Larry's Old Time Trade Days
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary ©
Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary
Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary ©
Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary

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New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, shop like a local with Royal Street, then admire the striking features of St. Joseph Church and Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Meyer The Hatter, stroll through New Orleans City Park, and then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner.

You can fly from Houston to New Orleans in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. When traveling from Houston in December, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 16°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, St. Joseph Church and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Garden District ©
Garden District

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Landsford Canal State Park and then relax in the rural setting at Hall Family Farm. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kings Mountain National Military Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Charlotte holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from New Orleans to Charlotte in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in December, Charlotte is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Landsford Canal State Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Hall Family Farm ©
Hall Family Farm
Kings Mountain National Military Park ©
Landsford Canal State Park ©
Landsford Canal State Park

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Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Virginia Capital Trail, then experience rural life at Fox Wire Farms at Toano, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cold Harbor National Cemetery. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge and then play a few rounds at Mattaponi Springs Golf Club.

You can plan Richmond trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Charlotte to Richmond in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Richmond, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Richmond

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Fox Wire Farms at Toano, Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge, Mattaponi Springs Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Mattaponi Springs Golf Club ©
Mattaponi Springs Golf Club
Cold Harbor National Cemetery ©
Cold Harbor National Cemetery
Fox Wire Farms at Toano ©
Fox Wire Farms at Toano

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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.
On the 4th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of National Mall, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Korean War Veterans Memorial. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and then hit the slopes at Inside Ski Training Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip maker site .

You can drive from Richmond to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Arlington, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Inside Ski Training Center
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
National Mall ©
National Mall

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 6th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence National Historical Park. Keep things going the next day: listen to music at Longwood Gardens and then grab your bike and head to The Struble Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia driving holiday planning tool .

Take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, The Struble Trail, The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Highlights from your plan
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our New York City road trip tool .

Getting from Philadelphia to New York City by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in New York City are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Montauk.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

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Montauk

Montauk ©
Montauk is a census-designated place (CDP) that includes the hamlet with the same name located in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York, on the eastern end of the South Shore of Long Island. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Amsterdam Beach Preserve, contemplate the long history of Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, then make a trip to St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, and finally admire the majestic nature at Montauk Point State Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Montauk trip planner .

Traveling by car from New York City to Montauk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Montauk sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Shelter Island.

Things to do in Montauk

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Highlights from your plan
Montauk Point State Park ©
Montauk Point State Park

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Shelter Island

Shelter Island ©
Shelter Island is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) within the Town of Shelter Island in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Shelter Island Historical Society and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mashomack Preserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shelter Island trip planner .

You can drive from Montauk to Shelter Island in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in Shelter Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mashomack Preserve ©
Mashomack Preserve
Shelter Island Historical Society ©
Shelter Island Historical Society

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Boston

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old North Church & Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, then admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, and then take a stroll through North End.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Boston day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shelter Island to Boston. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Boston

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Old North Church & Historic Site ©
Old North Church & Historic Site
North End ©
North End

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then do a tasting at A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, then look for gifts at Marilla Country Store, then revel in the low prices at Kutter's Cheese Factory Store, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls trip builder app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Boston to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Boston in January, expect Niagara Falls to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, Marilla Country Store, Kutter's Cheese Factory Store, A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve ©
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

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Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): hike along West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve And Nature Trail, experience rural life at Cook's Dairy Farm, and then browse the different shops at Somerset Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Elizabeth Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Oakwood Metropark Nature Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crosswinds Marsh.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Detroit day trip planner .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Detroit are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

New Boston, Somerset Collection, West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve And Nature Trail, Cook's Dairy Farm, Elizabeth Park
Highlights from your plan
Crosswinds Marsh ©
Crosswinds Marsh
Elizabeth Park ©
Elizabeth Park
Somerset Collection ©
Somerset Collection

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): trek along Cowles Bog, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Christ's Passion, and then look for gifts at Woodman's. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Independence Grove Forest Preserve and then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Chicago holiday planner.

Getting from Detroit to Chicago by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Cowles Bog, Shrine of the Christ's Passion, Woodman's, Independence Grove Forest Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Cowles Bog ©
Cowles Bog
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Shrine of the Christ's Passion ©
Shrine of the Christ's Passion

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 19th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Bowie Nature Park and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and finally examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nashville trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Chicago to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Nashville: highs are around 10°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bowie Nature Park, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Belle Meade Plantation ©
Belle Meade Plantation

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Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Full Gospel Tabernacle, steep yourself in history at The Lewis Ranch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Memphis Zoo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then take an in-depth tour of Hampson Museum State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Johnny Cash House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip planner.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in Memphis sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Johnny Cash House, The Lewis Ranch
Highlights from your plan
The Lewis Ranch ©
The Lewis Ranch

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Circle N Dairy, look for all kinds of wild species at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): experience rural life at The Windmill Farm and then tee off at Sugar Tree Golf Course.

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You can fly from Memphis to Dallas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Memphis in January: highs in Dallas hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 3°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Dallas

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Circle N Dairy, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, The Windmill Farm, Sugar Tree Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge ©
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
The Windmill Farm ©
The Windmill Farm

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