43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Honolulu, Oahu
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San Francisco
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Chicago
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New York City
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Orlando
— 4 nights
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Miami
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
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Austin
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San Antonio
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Las Vegas
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Los Angeles
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 2 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Attractions like USS Arizona Memorial and Manoa Falls make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, and stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Honolulu, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Crissy Field, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

Getting from Honolulu to San Francisco by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. In December, San Francisco is cooler than Honolulu - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and admire the striking features of Reliance Building.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Chicago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Chicago. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Chicago are cooler (3°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

New York City

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and Rockefeller Center. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of the Arts, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New York City day trip planning site.

Getting from Chicago to New York City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 25th (Fri), get curious at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, ponder the design of Longwood Gardens, and then take an in-depth tour of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, deepen your understanding at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally see the interesting displays at The Franklin Institute.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kids will enjoy National Zoological Park and National Gallery of Art. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Washington DC are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 1 night

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and then cruise along Newfound Gap Road.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Orlando

— 4 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
Kids will enjoy Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. Next up on the itinerary: discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park, get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

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Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in December, with highs in Orlando at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

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Miami

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Island Dolphin Care and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Miami: Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Road, and explore the engaging exhibits at Miami Children's Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miami online trip builder.

Getting from Orlando to Miami by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in January, expect Miami to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Miami

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Bring the kids along to The National WWII Museum and Audubon Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around New Orleans City Park, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Miami to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in January, expect New Orleans to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 10th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and finally look for gifts at Waterloo Records. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, then try for a hole-in-one at Peter Pan Mini Golf, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin route builder website.

You can fly from New Orleans to Austin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Austin when traveling from New Orleans in January, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

San Antonio

— 2 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, admire the natural beauty at San Antonio Botanical Garden, meet the residents at San Antonio Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, then get engrossed in the history at Institute of Texan Cultures, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fountains of Bellagio and The Mob Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, shop like a local with The Strip, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas itinerary website.

You can fly from San Antonio to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio to Las Vegas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in January, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Radiator Springs Racers, Downtown Disney District, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at The Getty Center, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Childrens Museums

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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.