37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Key West
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Washington DC
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
New York City
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
12
Brooklyn
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
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 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and finally take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, then browse the exhibits of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Chicago is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Horseshoe Hammond, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Union Square, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Chicago to San Francisco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, you will find days in San Francisco are warmer (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museumfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, engage your brain at California Science Center, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and Nostalgia Street Rods. Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Pinball Hall of Fame. The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Las Vegas to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 4°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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.
The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Garden District and Jackson Square. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, take a stroll through Royal Street, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, New Orleans is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods 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
Key West

Key West ©
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.
On the 21st (Sat), view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography, then kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Key West trip planning app .

Fly from New Orleans to Key West in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Key West is 1 hour. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for warmer days in Key West, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Marathon, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography ©

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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks and browse the different shops at The Mall at Millenia.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Orlando trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Key West to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Key West in December since evenings lows in Orlando dip to 17°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Nightlife Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
The Mall at Millenia ©
The Mall at Millenia

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, steep yourself in history at Centennial Olympic Park, and then admire the striking features of Fox Theatre. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, then admire the masterpieces at Center for Civil and Human Rights, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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You can fly from Orlando to Atlanta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in December; daily highs in Atlanta reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Atlanta

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Centennial Olympic Park ©
Centennial Olympic Park
Center for Civil and Human Rights ©
Center for Civil and Human Rights
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola

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.
Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum. You'll explore and learn at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and contemplate the long history of Georgetown University.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip app .

You can fly from Atlanta to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Arlington, Horseshoe Casino
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

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nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Appreciate the collections at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation. Head to Rittenhouse Square and Reading Terminal Marketfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Atlantic City Boardwalk (in Atlantic City). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Independence Hall, look for gifts at Sweet As Fudge Candy Shoppe, try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia, and take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia, Atlantic City Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

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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 a sense of the local culture at Times Square and American Museum of Natural History. Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Ellis Island, make a trip to Fifth Avenue, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brooklyn.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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 ©

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nights
Brooklyn

Brooklyn ©
Though it may be less popular or touristy than its big brother Manhattan, Brooklyn boasts of one of the largest and hippest art districts in the United States.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Brooklyn Museum and Natchie. Get some cultural insight at Green-Wood Cemetery and Brooklyn Heights. Take a break from Brooklyn with a short trip to Great Neck Steppingstone Park in Great Neck, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, examine the collection at New York Transit Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Ohel, and stroll around King Manor Museum and Park.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brooklyn trip website .

Brooklyn is just a stone's throw from New York City. In January, daytime highs in Brooklyn are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brooklyn

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Queens, Great Neck Steppingstone Park
Highlights from your plan
Brooklyn Heights Promenade ©
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Green-Wood cemetery ©
Green-Wood cemetery
Great Neck Steppingstone Park ©
Great Neck Steppingstone Park

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