40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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40 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
3
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
10
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Kapiolani Regional Park. Appreciate the collections at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Sunset Beach Park in Haleiwa--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach and steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Honolulu journey builder tool .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Honolulu is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Honolulu, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect nights in Honolulu to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
We've included these beaches for you: Wailea Beach and Kapalua Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Wailea (Maluaka Beach & Makena Beach) and Kalepolepo Beach Park (in Kihei). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach and stroll through Napili Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lahaina trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Lahaina

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailea, Kapalua Beach, Kalepolepo Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Bellevue Square, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and finally explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, wander the streets of Pioneer Square, and then view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip maker .

Fly from Lahaina to Seattle in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lahaina to Seattle. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Lahaina in December: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Bellevue Square
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see B Cellars Vineyards and Winery in Oakville, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip tool .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Ansel Adams Gallery. On the 5th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online vacation planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Boulder City (Hoover Dam & Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum). And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, examine the collection at Nostalgia Street Rods, and take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Las Vegas at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Boulder City
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Garden District and New Orleans Museum of Art. Visit French Quarter and Royal Street for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, make a trip to Jackson Square, and look for gifts at Faulkner House Books.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip planner .

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 January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

1
night
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then explore the world behind art at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, then get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, and finally make a trip to Collins Avenue. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then shop like a local with Aventura Mall, and then see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miami Beach trip planner .

You can fly from New Orleans to Miami Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Miami Beach due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in January: high temperatures in Miami Beach hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lock & Load Museum, Aventura Mall
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

4
nights
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.
Visit Truman Little White House and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Alan S. Maltz Gallery. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and explore and take pictures at Fort Zachary Taylor.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Key West road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Miami Beach to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Air and Space Museum and Newseum. Change things up with a short trip to National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip maker website .

Getting from Key West to Washington DC by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Key West in January, things will get much colder in Washington DC: highs are around 7°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. 9/11 Memorial and Fifth Avenue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and steep yourself in history at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New York City day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in New York City, with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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

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