36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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New Orleans
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Orlando
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Key West
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Washington DC
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New York City
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Chicago
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, see the interesting displays at The Gamble House, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Strip and The Neon Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at New York New York Casino, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 16°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Casinos · Shopping · Parks

New Orleans

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: visit Garden District, stroll around New Orleans City Park, examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art, and get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in New Orleans. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Orlando

— 3 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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 Stetson Mansion and Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Thu) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 31st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Harry P. Leu Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Orlando travel planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Orlando by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Orlando, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Key West

— 3 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Saint Mary Star of the Sea. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Key West Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and admire the striking features of Oldest House & Garden Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Key West travel route planner.

Getting from Orlando to Key West by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Washington DC

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at United States Botanic Garden, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, Washington DC is colder than Key West - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

New York City

— 5 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New York City travel route builder.

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, New York City is slightly colder at night with lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 13th (Fri), get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, examine the collection at Oriental Institute Museum, then admire the striking features of Marquette Building, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): engage your brain at Field Museum, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then admire the striking features of Reliance Building.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip app.

Fly from New York City to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 0°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Mumm Napa. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Oakland California Temple in Oakland--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect San Francisco to be much hotter, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 2 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument and then stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu journey planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Honolulu in 7 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks