34 days in Continental USA Itinerary

34 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Joshua Tree National Park
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Las Vegas
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Scottsdale
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Kansas City
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Hot Springs
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Montgomery
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New York City
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Yellowstone National Park
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Seattle
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney District, &more), Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 22nd (Thu), take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road, then trek along Cottonwood Spring, and then stroll through Lost Palms Oasis Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get little chillier in Joshua Tree National Park: highs are around 19°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.
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Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Las Vegas — 4 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Las Vegas sightseeing app.

Traveling by flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Scottsdale.
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Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks · Shopping

Scottsdale — 3 nights

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Scottsdale: Shamrock Farms (in Stanfield) and KOLI Equestrian Center (in Chandler). The adventure continues: get your bearings at Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center, head outdoors with Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ, examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Scottsdale in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Scottsdale is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect Scottsdale to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kansas City.
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Kansas City — 2 nights

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Serenity on the Square and then see the interesting displays at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kansas City trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Scottsdale to Kansas City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Scottsdale to Kansas City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Scottsdale in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Kansas City: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Hot Springs.
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Museums · Spas · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Hot Springs — 1 night

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 2nd (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Kansas City to Hot Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kansas City in January, expect Hot Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly to Montgomery.
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Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks

Montgomery — 2 nights

Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then steep yourself in history at Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of National Memorial for Peace and Justice and then admire the masterpieces at Legacy Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Montgomery trip itinerary website.

Getting from Hot Springs to Montgomery by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to New York City.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

New York City — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner.

Getting from Montgomery to New York City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Montgomery in January, things will get slightly colder in New York City: highs are around 5°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Yellowstone National Park — 2 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain and then take a leisurely stroll along Bridge Bay Marina. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Roaring Mountain and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip website.

Getting from New York City to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in January, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from -5°C by day to -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Seattle.
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Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Seattle — 3 nights

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.
Seattle is known for museums, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, walk around Volunteer Park Conservatory, and take a stroll through Bellevue Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seattle trip planning app.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January; daily highs in Seattle reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
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Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods
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San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planning website.

Fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Phoenix & Central Arizona travel guide

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Gardens · Specialty Museums · Golf Courses

Arkansas travel guide

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Art Museums · State Parks · History Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.
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Alabama travel guide

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History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.
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Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.
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