41 days in United States Itinerary

41 days in United States Itinerary

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41 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Orlando
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Miami
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Johannesburg

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes President Lincoln's Cottage as well as DC Tours By Tim. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Smithsonian Institution Building. National Museum of African American History and Culture and National Air and Space Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and explore the world behind art at The Phillips Collection.

Make your Washington DC itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Washington DC is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Washington DC. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Washington DC to be colder, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Independence Hall and Christ Church. Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, examine the collection at Mummers Museum, get engrossed in the history at Penn Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence Mall.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia travel website .

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rodin Museum ©
Rodin Museum

4
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Met Cloisters and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, and wander the streets of SoHo.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City driving holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

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
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, and finally browse the exhibits of Cantigny Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Chicago travel route tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Chicago to be a bit cooler, temps between 0°C and -9°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Baha'i House of Worship, Cantigny Park
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, then take in the history at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Shrine of the Holy Spirit, and finally take an in-depth tour of Veterans Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, look for gifts at Cowgirl Clad Company, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Branson trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: high temperatures in Branson hover around 8°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Branson

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, NRA National Sporting Arms Museum
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield ©
Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum ©

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & Crocker Art Museum). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, wander the streets of Union Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Branson to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Branson to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Branson in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sacramento
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then stop by LA Farmers' Market, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally explore the world behind art at The Broad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
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.
Let the collections at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and The Mob Museum capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shelby American Inc and Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Clark County Heritage Museum in Henderson, approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with The Strip and examine the collection at Counts Kustoms.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get a bit cooler in Las Vegas: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Clark County Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah
Shelby American Inc ©
Shelby American Inc
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

4
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 some historical perspective at Garden District and St. Joseph Plantation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Whitney Plantation and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Biloxi Beach (in Biloxi) and Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site (in Saint Francisville). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Escape My Room New Orleans, steep yourself in history at Hermann-Grima House, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine Church.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip builder tool .

Fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Las Vegas in January since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, St. Joseph Plantation, Biloxi Beach, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Madame Tussauds Orlando. Get some historical perspective at Stetson Mansion and Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, revel in the low prices at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, buy something for everyone on your list at The Florida Mall, and wander the streets of International Drive.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Orlando trip builder site .

Getting from New Orleans to Orlando by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in January: highs in Orlando hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Winter Park, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, then see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Perez Art Museum Miami. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Deering Estate, examine the collection at Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU, then examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum, and finally shop like a local with Bayside Marketplace.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami day trip planner.

You can fly from Orlando to Miami in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Orlando in January; daily highs in Miami reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Perez Art Museum Miami ©
Perez Art Museum Miami

2
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.
On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, then stop by Peppers of Key West, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Calusa Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Key West trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Miami to Key West in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Saint Mary Star of the Sea ©
Saint Mary Star of the Sea

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