35 days in United States Itinerary

35 days in United States Itinerary

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35 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
5
Custer
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
New Orleans
— 3 nights
fly:  10​h 30​min
10
Orlando
— 5 nights
fly:  4​h
11
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bronx Zoo and The Pond. Bring the kids along to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve (in Franklin Lakes), Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (in Shirley) and Quogue Wildlife Refuge (in Quogue). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at New York Public Library, look for all kinds of wild species at Wolf Conservation Center, and explore the activities along Hook Mountain State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in July: highs in New York City hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Hook Mountain State Park, Bronx Zoo, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 25th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Morris Arboretum, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Washington State Park, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and finally ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall. On the next day, ride a horse along Stroud Preserve, then ponder the design of Longwood Gardens, then explore the striking landscape of Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Washington State Park, Longwood Gardens, Stroud Preserve, Valley Forge National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Morris Arboretum ©
Morris Arboretum
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, contemplate the long history of Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of National Mall, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arlington, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 29th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get little chillier in Chicago: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Custer.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cowles Bog
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Black Hills National Forest and Wind Cave National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Needles Eye Tunnel and Sylvan Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Big Thunder Gold Mine (in Keystone), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, stroll through Presidential Trail, and cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Custer itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Custer in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Custer is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Custer when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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.
For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Custer in August, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson). And it doesn't end there: listen to music at Bellagio Fountains, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary website .

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take a stroll through Royal Street, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then stroll through Audubon Zoo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1 and then explore the striking landscape of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans travel planning site .

You can fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Orlando side-trips: Stetson Mansion (in DeLand) and St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church (in New Smyrna Beach). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Magic Kingdom Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Orlando online trip builder .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Orlando takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in August: highs in Orlando hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

DeLand, St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shark Valley and Lincoln Road. Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Deco Historic District and Ocean Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miami: Everglades National Park (Gumbo Limbo Trail, Anhinga Trail, & more) and Fort Lauderdale Beach (in Fort Lauderdale). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Tours, examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, kick back and relax at South Beach, and wander the streets of Collins Avenue.

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Traveling by car from Orlando to Miami takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Miami, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Fort Lauderdale Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

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