41 days in United States Itinerary

41 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
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Washington DC
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Baltimore
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Lancaster
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Syracuse
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Anaheim
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Las Vegas
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San Antonio
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Austin
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Gatlinburg
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Orlando
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Hollywood
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New York City — 3 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in New York City reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes National Air and Space Museum, Olivia Macaron, iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Loudoun, and other attractions. Bring the kids along to Washington Monument and Union Market. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at White House.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Washington DC driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel to Baltimore.
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Baltimore — 2 nights

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Boat Tours & Water Sports, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baltimore, Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, and other attractions you added. On the 15th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the World Observation Level and then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baltimore. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, and then pick up some new knowledge with Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Baltimore sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to Baltimore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Baltimore can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll set off for Lancaster on the 17th (Sat).
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Lancaster — 2 nights

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
You've added The Pottery Works, Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park, Abe's Buggy Rides, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), get outside with Abe's Buggy Rides and then take a stroll through Amish Country. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park and then learn and have fun at The Pottery Works.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lancaster holiday planner.

Getting from Baltimore to Lancaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Baltimore in December, with highs in Lancaster at 7°C and lows at -1°C. You will leave for Syracuse on the 19th (Mon).
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Syracuse — 2 nights

Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Animal Adventure Park as well as Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Animal Adventure Park, engage your brain at Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), and then have some family-friendly fun at Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Syracuse online vacation planner.

You can fly from Lancaster to Syracuse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lancaster in December, expect Syracuse to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -4°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nob Hill, Z. Cioccolato, Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco, and other attractions you added. Head to Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Grace Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Syracuse to San Francisco by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Syracuse to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Syracuse 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 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Family-friendly places like Two Rodeo Drive and Universal Studios Hollywood will thrill your kids. For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Rodeo Drive. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Beverly Hills to see Mulholland Drive about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anaheim.
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Anaheim — 2 nights

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 5 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Treasure Tours of Nevada, Blue Man Group and Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden. Family-friendly places like The Strip and Town Square Las Vegas will thrill your kids. Shop till you drop at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort and The Forum Shops at Caesars. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, meet the residents at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and stroll around Springs Preserve.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Anaheim to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in December, things will get slightly colder in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 1 night

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): visit Southtown.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio online vacation planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to San Antonio by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to San Antonio due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in San Antonio are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Austin.
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Austin — 2 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then take a stroll through South Congress Avenue, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Driskill, then wander the streets of Sixth Street Historic District, then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, and finally make a trip to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Austin journey planning app.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Austin sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 3 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
For shopping fun, head to Christmas Place or Fowler's Clay Works. Attractions like Zipline and The Island in Pigeon Forge make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg day trip planning website.

You can fly from Austin to Gatlinburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Austin in January; daily highs in Gatlinburg reach 9°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Orlando.
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Orlando — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Mall at Millenia.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Orlando trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Orlando takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Gatlinburg in January, with highs in Orlando at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Hollywood.
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Hollywood — 4 nights

The city of Hollywood is a classic Florida beach town and popular vacation spot, attracting visitors with its picturesque beaches, lively nightlife, and laid-back vibe.
Do your shopping at Lincoln Road and Bayside Marketplace. Get outdoors at Shark Valley Visitor Center and Hollywood Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hollywood: Everglades National Park (Anhinga Trail & Gumbo Limbo Trail), Miami Beach (The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, Collins Avenue, &more) and Miami (Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College & Barnacle State Historic Site). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Aventura Mall, see the interesting displays at International Swimming Hall of Fame, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anne Kolb Nature Center, and see what you can catch with JP Outfitters Inc..

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hollywood trip planner.

Fly from Orlando to Hollywood in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hollywood, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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Pennsylvania travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Casinos
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.
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Texas travel guide

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The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.
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Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.
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Florida travel guide

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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.
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