42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
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Philadelphia
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Key West
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Miami
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Seattle
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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Chicago
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Niagara Falls
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Washington DC
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New York City

— 19 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Fire Island National Seashore. Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and Firenze Jewels. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Headquarters and Museum (in Morristown), Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park (in Basking Ridge) and Duke Farms (in Hillsborough). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Athens, Greece to New York City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Athens to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in April, expect New York City to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and finally hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Mill at Anselma.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia online travel planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to Key West.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Key West

— 2 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor, view the masterpieces at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Papa’s Pilar Rum Distillery, Hemingway Rum Company, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and finally shop like a local with Alan S. Maltz Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Key West trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Key West takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in May: highs in Key West hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Miami.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Miami

— 2 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
On the 14th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, then kick back and relax at South Beach, and finally shop like a local with Lincoln Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Bayside Marketplace, admire the masterpieces at Wynwood Walls, and then see the interesting displays at Burger Beast Museum.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Miami trip planner.

You can fly from Key West to Miami in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Miami

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seattle

— 1 night

Emerald City

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.
On the 16th (Sun), shop like a local with Pike Place Market, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach. On the next day, work some fitness into your day at Discovery Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pioneer Square.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle attractions site.

Fly from Miami to Seattle in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to Seattle. When traveling from Miami in May, plan for slightly colder days in Seattle, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online road trip planner.

Fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Thu), shop like a local with Revolver Gallery, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Santa Monica Bay, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

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 get to explore The Mob Museum and Titanic. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strip and The Neon Museum. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Tom Devlin's Monster Museum in Boulder City--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, then contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, then steep yourself in history at Pleasant Home, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker website.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Chicago is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in May, with highs in Chicago at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
On the 27th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, then expand your understanding of the military at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and then shop like a local with Walden Galleria Mall. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls journey maker tool.

You can fly from Chicago to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the activities along Tidal Basin, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC driving holiday tool.

Getting from Niagara Falls to Washington DC by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Niagara Falls in May, expect Washington DC to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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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.