45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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45 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Panama City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Tampa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Miami
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Key West
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Orlando
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Jacksonville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Charleston
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Atlanta
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Carhartt Vineyard and Barbieri Wines. Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and State Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Olivos (Global Gardens, Fess Parker, & more), La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc) and Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip tool .

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Old Mission Santa Ines, La Purisima State Historical Park, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Barbieri Wines ©
Barbieri Wines

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Bergamot Station, & more). Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, browse the different shops at The Grove, and look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and Titanic. Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Fire State Park and Willow Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, and browse the different shops at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

3
nights
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.
French Quarter and Garden District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Royal Street and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, and wander the streets of Frenchmen Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in New Orleans. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Garden District ©
Garden District

1
night
Panama City

Panama City ©
Panama City is a city and the county seat of Bay County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Seaside Beach and then steep yourself in history at Eden Gardens State Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Shell Shack, then view the masterpieces at Fusion Art Glass Gallery, and then stop by Sundog Books.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City route planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Panama City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Panama City, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Tampa.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Seaside, Shell Shack, Eden Gardens State Park
Highlights from your plan
Eden Gardens State Park ©
Eden Gardens State Park
Sundog Books ©
Sundog Books
Shell Shack ©
Shell Shack

4
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Visiting Nokomis Beach and Caladesi Island State Park will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at De Soto National Memorial and The Dali Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Madeira Beach (John's Pass Village and Boardwalk & Madeira Beach) and Venice Beach (in Venice).

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Panama City to Tampa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Panama City in January, with highs in Tampa at 71°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Madeira Beach, De Soto National Memorial, Caladesi Island State Park, Nokomis Beach, Venice Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nokomis Beach ©
Nokomis Beach
Caladesi Island State Park ©
Caladesi Island State Park
De Soto National Memorial ©
De Soto National Memorial

5
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Visiting Shark Valley and Everglades National Park will get you outdoors. Visit South Beach and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Miami: Robert Is Here (in Homestead) and Anhinga Trail (in Everglades National Park). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Lincoln Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bal Harbour Shops.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miami online travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and tram from Tampa to Miami in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Miami is a bit warmer than Tampa - with highs of 77°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Everglades National Park, Bal Harbour Shops, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Everglades National Park ©
Everglades National Park
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center

5
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Key West, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Miami to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Key West sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

7
nights
Orlando

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beach at Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach. Shop till you drop at International Drive and The Florida Mall. Get out of town with these interesting Orlando side-trips: Barberville Roadside Yard Art & Produce (in Barberville), Ron Jon Surf Shop (in Cocoa Beach) and Stetson Mansion (in DeLand). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ormond Beach, look for gifts at The Mall at Millenia, enjoy the sea views from Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, and discover the magic at World of Disney.

Before you visit Orlando, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Key West to Orlando in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Key West in January: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 71°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach, Stetson Mansion, Winter Park Farmer's Market, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Ormond Beach ©
Ormond Beach
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach

1
night
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at Sweet Pete's and then wander the streets of Jacksonville Landing.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jacksonville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Orlando to Jacksonville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in January, things will get a bit cooler in Jacksonville: highs are around 65°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Jacksonville Landing ©
Jacksonville Landing

1
night
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Folly Beach Public Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Charleston road trip site .

Drive from Jacksonville to Charleston in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Jacksonville in January: highs in Charleston hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Folly Beach Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach

1
night
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Ponce City Market, take a stroll through Virginia-Highland, and then hunt for treasures at Your Dekalb Farmers Market.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Atlanta online route planner .

You can fly from Charleston to Atlanta in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charleston in January: high temperatures in Atlanta hover around 53°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Your Dekalb Farmers Market ©
Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Ponce City Market ©
Ponce City Market
Virginia-Highland ©
Virginia-Highland

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