43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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43 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  27​h
1
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Phoenix
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Miami
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Durban

4
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Iolani Palace and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Get some historical perspective at Battleship Missouri Memorial and Byodo-In Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park, Skydiving, & more). There's still lots to do: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, steep yourself in history at Queen Emma Summer Palace, hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary builder .

Durban, South Africa to Honolulu is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Durban to Honolulu, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durban in July, things will get a bit warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Walt Disney Family Museum and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California State Railroad Museum). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, wander the streets of North Beach, hike along Lands End, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco. Traveling from Honolulu in July, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 27th (Wed), kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe day trip website .

Drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

4
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.
The Getty Center and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, get lost in a book at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Santa Monica State Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

4
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Appreciate the collections at Musical Instrument Museum and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. Step out of the city life by going to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phoenix: Montezuma Castle National Monument (in Camp Verde) and Downtown Historic Area (in Prescott). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Heard Museum, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Camelback Mountain.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoenix vacation planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Phoenix in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 48°C by day to 34°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Downtown Historic Area
Highlights from your plan
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Montezuma Castle National Monument ©

4
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Independence Pass. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Phoenix to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 29°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Buena Vista
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum and Trinity United Methodist Church. Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Mount Evans. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Flatirons (in Boulder), Estes Park (Off-Road Tours, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, & more) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver sightseeing website .

You can fly from Aspen to Denver in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in August, with highs in Denver at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park, Flatirons, Summit Lake Park, Trail Ridge Road, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Let the collections at Field Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chicago Riverwalk and Museum of Science and Industry. And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, explore the activities along Lake Michigan, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in August, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

5
nights
Miami

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hollywood Beach and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Las Olas Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miami: Everglades National Park (Anhinga Trail & Buttonwood Canal), Key Largo (Parasailing & Paragliding & Swim with Dolphins) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Miami Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, get engrossed in the history at Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Miami holiday planner.

Fly from Chicago to Miami in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Miami due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Miami hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Key Largo, Everglades National Park, Las Olas Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Everglades Alligator Farm
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Eastern State Penitentiary. You'll explore and learn at 9/11 Memorial and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Philadelphia (Philadelphia Museum of Art & Liberty Bell Center). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City online itinerary planner .

Fly from Miami to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Miami in August, expect New York City to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Philadelphia, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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