32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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Houston
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New Orleans
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Charlotte
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Richmond
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Washington DC
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Philadelphia
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New York City
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Montauk
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Shelter Island
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Boston
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Niagara Falls
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Detroit
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Chicago
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Nashville
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Memphis
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Houston

— 2 nights

Bayou City

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.
Visiting Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary and Larry's Old Time Trade Days. There's more to do: examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston journey planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Houston is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Houston. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Houston hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, wander the streets of Royal Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph Church and Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and finally visit Garden District. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Meyer The Hatter, then walk around New Orleans City Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the New Orleans vacation builder website.

Getting from Houston to New Orleans by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, 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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 2 nights

The Queen City

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): stroll around Landsford Canal State Park and then identify plant and animal life at Hall Family Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kings Mountain National Military Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planning app.

Getting from New Orleans to Charlotte by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Charlotte due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New Orleans in December since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond

— 2 nights

The River City

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), grab your bike and head to Virginia Capital Trail, shop like a local with Fox Wire Farm Alpacas, and then stroll the grounds of Cold Harbor National Cemetery. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Mattaponi Springs Golf Club.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Richmond travel route tool.

Fly from Charlotte to Richmond in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte in January, you will find days in Richmond are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (-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 · Golf · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Sat), stroll through National Mall, appreciate the history behind 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 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and then hone your skills at Inside Ski Training Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Washington DC attractions planner.

Getting from Richmond to Washington DC by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Classes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Independence National Historical Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens and then grab your bike and head to The Struble Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia journey planner.

Take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

New York City

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City travel route planner.

Take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -5°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Montauk.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping
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Montauk

— 1 night
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. On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Amsterdam Beach Preserve, then steep yourself in history at Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Montauk Point State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Montauk journey site.

Drive from New York City to Montauk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Montauk can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shelter Island.

Things to do in Montauk

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shelter Island

— 1 night
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Shelter Island Historical Society and then identify plant and animal life at Mashomack Preserve.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Shelter Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montauk to Shelter Island takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Shelter Island

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Boston

— 2 nights

Beantown

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.
Start 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 architecture and atmosphere at Old North Church & Historic Site. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden, and then wander the streets of North End.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Boston trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Shelter Island to Boston takes 4 hours. In January in Boston, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Boston

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Niagara Falls

— 1 night

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds and then learn about winemaking 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, look for gifts at Marilla Country Store, then get some fabulous bargains at Kutter's Cheese Factory Store, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Boston to Niagara Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Boston in January; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 0°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Detroit

— 2 nights

The Motor City

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve And Nature Trail, then 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 16th (Thu): walk around Elizabeth Park, stroll around Oakwood Metropark Nature Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crosswinds Marsh.

To find out how to plan a trip to Detroit, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January in Detroit, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Wildlife · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

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. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Independence Grove Forest Preserve and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planning tool.

Fly from Detroit to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. January in Chicago sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Chicago

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): walk around Bowie Nature Park and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Nashville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 10°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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, contemplate the long history of The Lewis Ranch, then get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter Catholic Church. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then explore the galleries of Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Johnny Cash House.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Memphis online route maker.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January in Memphis, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dallas

— 3 nights

Big D

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. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Windmill Farm and then tee off at Sugar Tree Golf Course.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dallas trip maker.

You can fly from Memphis to Dallas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat 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

Golf · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Hamptons travel guide

4.1
Lighthouses · Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching
A historical summer retreat, the Hamptons is one of the United States' most expensive residential areas. The series of hamlets and villages in Southampton is known for its isolated charm and luxury. The small villages swell in population during the summer, as New York City's most recognizable residents escape here to frequent restaurants, retail outlets, and the colorful art community. Secluded mansions are interspersed with golf courses and tennis clubs, where socialites gather during daylight hours.