36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Boston
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Dallas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Atlanta
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
12
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
14
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and finally admire the striking features of Reliance Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Chicago is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. In December, Chicago is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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Boston

Boston ©
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 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Granary Burying Ground, catch a live event at Fenway Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, stroll around Boston Public Garden, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Boston trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Boston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Boston sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Central Park, make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

Plan trip to New York City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Boston to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall and then make a trip to Liberty Bell Center.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

2
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and then contemplate the long history of Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a live event at AT&T Stadium, then pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and finally see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dallas trip tool .

Fly from Philadelphia to Dallas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in Dallas reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

AT&T Stadium, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Explore Austin's surroundings by going to National Museum of the Pacific War (in Fredericksburg) and Natural Bridge Caverns (in San Antonio). And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, see the interesting displays at LBJ Presidential Library, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Austin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Dallas to Austin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Austin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Natural Bridge Caverns, National Museum of the Pacific War
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
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.
On the 20th (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and then admire the masterpieces at The Menil Collection.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston trip maker app .

Drive from Austin to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Houston are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Room Escape Games
The Menil Collection ©
The Menil Collection

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and finally take a stroll through Garden District.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New Orleans tour itinerary app .

Getting from Houston to New Orleans by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Houston in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Memphis road trip website .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Memphis when traveling from New Orleans in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Room Escape Games
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Nashville sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

1
night
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the views from Jackson Street Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Atlanta holiday maker site .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Atlanta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Atlanta. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nashville in December; daily highs in Atlanta reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Atlanta Botanical Garden ©
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Room Escape Games
Jackson Street Bridge ©
Jackson Street Bridge

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, shop like a local with The Strip, and then take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Book Passage, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Las Vegas in January, with lows around 9°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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