42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Fort Leonard Wood
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  15​h
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Miami, Florida
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Orlando, Florida
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
New York City
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Fort Leonard Wood

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Fort Leonard Wood to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Leonard Wood in December, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, get curious at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Honolulu to Haleiwa to see Waimea Bay about 54 minutes away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get much hotter in Honolulu: highs are around 81°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Get some cultural insight at Liliuokalani Gardens and Volcano Art Center. Escape the urban bustle at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Swim with Dolphins (in Kailua-Kona), Kahaluu Beach (in Keauhou) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, Devastation Trail, & more). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hilo trip planner .

Fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Swim with Dolphins, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

6
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get some cultural insight at Bright Angel Point and Bright Angel History Room. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon National Park and North Kaibab Trail. On the 12th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Rim Trail, get great views at Pima Point, and stroll through Tonto Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hilo to Grand Canyon National Park in 15 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Hilo in January: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 44°F and lows are around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Truman Little White House will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Fort Zachary Taylor and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Key West Firehouse Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at West Martello Tower.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Key West takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Key West due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect Key West to be much hotter, temps between 76°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

2
nights
Miami, Florida

Miami ©
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 19th (Sat), kick back and relax at Haulover Beach Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and then kick back and relax at South Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Art Deco Tours, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Lincoln Road.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Miami trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Key West to Miami takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Miami sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Haulover Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

5
nights
Orlando, Florida

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.
Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort will thrill your kids. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stetson Mansion and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Tue) at Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 23rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Miami to Orlando takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in January: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 71°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

DeLand, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

5
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 appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and Ellis Island. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, wander the streets of Times Square, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New York City driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Orlando to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in January, with highs in New York City at 40°F and lows at 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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