43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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43 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
New Orleans
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Vacherie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
New Iberia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Bossier City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
12
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
13
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
14
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
15
Lahaina
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  17 h 45 min
16
Marathon
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: London

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with SoHo, then shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, and then enjoy the sea views from Gateway National Recreation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then wander the streets of Times Square, then hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, and finally pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker site .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New York City is minus 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in New York City hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Washington State Park, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Independence Hall. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Christ Church, view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, then ride a horse along Stroud Preserve, and finally listen to music at Longwood Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia road trip planning app .

You can take a bus from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Stroud Preserve, Fort Washington State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Washington State Park ©
Fort Washington State Park
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and then stop by Boutique du Vampyre. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, take a stroll through Royal Street, then take a stroll through Garden District, and finally stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to New Orleans takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Vacherie.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Garden District ©
Garden District
Royal Street ©
Royal Street

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Vacherie

Vacherie ©
Vacherie is a small unincorporated community in St. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, then revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Gonzales, and then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation. On the next day, see the interesting displays at International Petroleum Museum and Exposition and then kick back and relax at Lake End Park.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vacherie tour planning website .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Vacherie takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Vacherie, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New Iberia.

Things to do in Vacherie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Morgan City, Tanger Outlets Gonzales, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

2
nights
New Iberia

New Iberia ©
New Iberia is a small city in and the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Bayou Teche Museum, see the interesting displays at Conrad Rice Museum, then steep yourself in history at Konriko Company Store, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Jungle Gardens. On the next day, look for gifts at The Best Stop Supermarket, browse for treasures at Lagniappe Antiques Etc., then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Martin de Tours.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the New Iberia online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Vacherie to New Iberia by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in New Iberia are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bossier City.

Things to do in New Iberia

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Breaux Bridge, Jungle Gardens, Church of St Martin de Tours, The Best Stop Supermarket
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Gardens ©
Jungle Gardens
Konriko Company Store ©
Konriko Company Store
Bayou Teche Museum ©
Bayou Teche Museum

3
nights
Bossier City

Bossier City ©
Bossier City is a suburb of Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, located in Bossier Parish.As of the 2010 census, Bossier City had a population of 61,315. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Chimp Haven, admire the masterpieces at Meadows Museum of Art, and then try your luck at Margaritaville Resort Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at T. C. Lindsey and Co. General Store, see the interesting displays at Texas & Pacific Railway Museum, then examine the collection at Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & the Tex Ritter Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Caddo Parish Confederate Monument.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bossier City travel route planner .

Drive from New Iberia to Bossier City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daily temperatures in Bossier City can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Bossier City

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Shreveport, Texas & Pacific Railway Museum, Chimp Haven, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & the Tex Ritter Museum, T. C. Lindsey and Co. General Store
Highlights from your plan
Margaritaville Resort Casino ©
Margaritaville Resort Casino
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery

2
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Bishop Arts District, then buy something for everyone on your list at Grapevine Mills, and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dallas travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bossier City to Dallas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and tram; or take a bus. May in Dallas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Dallas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grapevine Mills, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza ©
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve ©
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Bishop Arts District ©
Bishop Arts District

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nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Palm Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and then stop by Brandini Toffee. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Desert Willow Golf Resort and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip planner .

Getting from Dallas to Palm Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Palm Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in May, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Children's Discovery Museum, Desert Willow Golf Resort
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Children's Discovery Museum ©
Children's Discovery Museum
Desert Willow Golf Resort ©
Desert Willow Golf Resort

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Running Horse Ranch and Laguna Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Grove. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stop by The Original Farmers Market, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online tour planner .

Getting from Palm Springs to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Running Horse Ranch, Disneyland Park, Irvine Spectrum Center
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Family-friendly places like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Carpinteria State Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc), Fess Parker (in Los Olivos) and Ostrich Land (in Buellton). There's much more to do: wander the streets of State Street, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara journey planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in May since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Purisima State Historical Park, Carpinteria State Beach, Old Mission Santa Ines, Fess Parker, Ostrich Land
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Ostrich Land ©
Ostrich Land

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nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, Alapay Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

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nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Get outdoors at Point Lobos State Reserve and Point Sur State Historic Park. Family-friendly places like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Rocky Creek Bridge, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and tee off at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Lovers Point and Pinnacles National Park. Get some cultural insight at Mission San Juan Bautista and A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's more to do: look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In June, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

National Steinbeck Center, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Pinnacles National Park, Mission San Juan Bautista, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Point Isabel and then kick back and relax at Limantour Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mori Point, kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, and then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip website .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Limantour Beach, Mori Point, Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Mori Point ©
Mori Point

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Lahaina

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Ka'anapali Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Black Rock and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach. On your second day here, trek along Kapalua Coastal Trail, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina road trip planning website .

Getting from San Francisco to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Lahaina, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Lahaina: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Spa at Black Rock, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Kapalua Coastal Trail ©
Kapalua Coastal Trail
Parasailing & Paragliding
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach

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Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
You've now added The Turtle Hospital to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and then tour the water at your own pace with Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marathon road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Lahaina to Marathon in 18 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Lahaina to Marathon. In June, Marathon is somewhat warmer than Lahaina - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge

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