35 days in United States Itinerary

35 days in United States Itinerary

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35 days in United States Itinerary

Start: East London
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
10
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: East London

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip site .

East London, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from East London to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, New York City is cooler than East London - with highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, ponder the world of politics at White House, steep yourself in history at Georgetown University, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Niagara, enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, then make a trip to Old Falls Street, and finally admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, make a trip to Third Street Art Alley, and then try to win big at Seneca Niagara Casino.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip itinerary website .

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, things will get slightly colder in Niagara Falls: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Family-friendly places like Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm and Shedd Aquarium will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, stroll through Milton Lee Olive Park, appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chicago online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Niagara Falls to Chicago 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 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest
Highlights from your plan
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 19th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elephant Back Mountain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (-5°C), and nights are colder (-19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Hayden Planetarium has been added to your itinerary. Enjoy New York City some more: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December; daily highs in New York City reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. On the 26th (Sat), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hayden Planetarium ©
Hayden Planetarium

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

4
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Yavapai Geology Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park visit planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 8°C and lows about -11°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Orlando.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

3
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Magic Kingdom Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Orlando trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Orlando in 32 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Orlando due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, things will get much hotter in Orlando: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

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