40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Orlando
— 7 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
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Boston
— 12 nights
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New York City
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Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online driving holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 15°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Orlando

— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld, look for gifts at The LEGO Store, make a splash at Discovery Cove, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Orlando trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Orlando takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Orlando due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Orlando to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Shopping · Nightlife

Washington DC

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Orlando to Washington DC by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in December, with highs in Washington DC at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

Lancaster

— 2 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stop by Kitchen Kettle Village, take in nature's colorful creations at Longwood Gardens, and then get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Hersheypark.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lancaster online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to Lancaster in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a train. In December, Lancaster is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Boston

— 12 nights

Beantown

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Herring Cove Beach and Museum of Science. Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Sandwich (Sandwich Glass Museum & Hoxie House), Concord (Minuteman National Park - Old North Bridge, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, &more) and Plymouth (Plimoth Patuxet & Plymouth Rock). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, browse the exhibits of Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Boston Children's Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Boston day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Boston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. December in Boston sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New York City

— 6 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and Empire State Building. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stop by Times Square, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Boston to New York City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Florida travel guide

4.4
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.