45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary maker

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Buffalo
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Minneapolis
— 1 day
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Big Timber
— 1 night
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Seattle
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Buffalo

— 2 nights

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, then make a trip to Canalside, then revel in the low prices at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Buffalo sightseeing planner.

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar to Buffalo is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll gain 11.5 hours traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Buffalo due to the time zone difference. December in Buffalo sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Buffalo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Head to Fifth Avenue and SoHofor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buffalo to New York City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buffalo in December; daily highs in New York City reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Family-friendly places like National Air and Space Museum and National Portrait Gallery will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, hunt for treasures at Eastern Market, and contemplate the long history of Georgetown University.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip builder tool.

You can drive from New York City to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Washington DC are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will enjoy The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile. Museum of Science and Industry and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Milwaukee (St. Stanislaus Oratory, Basilica of St. Josaphat, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church, steep yourself in history at Marquette Building, and view the masterpieces at Chicago Cultural Center.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago visit planner.

Fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Chicago at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 1 day

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Minneapolis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Minneapolis to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Big Timber.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Big Timber

— 1 night
Big Timber is a city in and the county seat of Sweet Grass County, Montana, United States. On the 18th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park and then stroll around Natural Bridge Falls Picnic Area. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Two Rivers Gallery and then see the interesting displays at Crazy Mountain Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Big Timber online road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Minneapolis to Big Timber. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Big Timber, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Big Timber

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and Trinity United Methodist Church. Do your shopping at Denver Botanic Gardens and 16th Street Mall. Change things up with a short trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Big Timber to Denver. Traveling from Big Timber in December, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around -8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hit the slopes at Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aspen tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Denver to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Denver in December, with highs in Aspen at 1°C and lows at -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Aspen

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Las Vegas

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Mob Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Henderson to see Clark County Heritage Museum about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and have fun and explore at DISCOVERY Children's Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip app.

You can drive from Aspen to Las Vegas in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Aspen in December, things will get warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Shop till you drop at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Station. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills), Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (The Disney Gallery, Disneyland Park, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 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 Alcatraz Island and Ferry Building Marketplace. Shop till you drop at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Pike Place Market and Lake View Cemetery. Step out of Seattle to go to Renton and see Jimi Hendrix Grave Site, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, visit a coastal fixture at West Point Lighthouse, and stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seattle online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Seattle takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Seattle reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.