46 days in United States Itinerary

46 days in United States Itinerary

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46 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Santa Barbara
1
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
plane:  14​h
4
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Miami
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Key West
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Orlando
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Jacksonville
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Atlanta
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

4
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.
Carhartt Vineyard and La Purisima State Historical Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Carpinteria State Beach and State Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez), Fess Parker (in Los Olivos) and Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company and admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara visit planner .

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, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Santa Barbara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Carpinteria State Beach, La Purisima State Historical Park, Old Mission Santa Ines
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Fess Parker ©
Fess Parker

7
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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutiquefor plenty of shopping. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in December, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Valley of Fire State Park and Willow Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Strip and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Mouse's Tank in Overton--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, and try to win big at Paris Las Vegas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Fire Island National Seashore and Shawangunk Mountains. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Stone Church (in Dover Plains) and High Point Cross Country Ski Center (in Sussex). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to New York City takes 41 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New York City. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miami.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fire Island National Seashore, Shawangunk Mountains, High Point Cross Country Ski Center, Stone Church
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Fort Lauderdale Beach and South Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miami: Everglades National Park (in Florida City) and Everglades National Park (Anhinga Trail & Shark Valley). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Bal Harbour Shops, browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, and take in the exciting artwork at Britto Central.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Miami trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and tram from New York City to Miami takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get much hotter in Miami: highs are around 77°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Bal Harbour Shops, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Everglades National Park
Highlights from your plan
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center

2
nights
Key West

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stop by Peppers of Key West.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Key West online journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Miami to Key West takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Key West are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Key West Cemetery ©
Key West Cemetery

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Stetson Mansion and International Drive. Explore hidden gems such as Beach at Daytona Beach and Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Avenue. Change things up with these side-trips from Orlando: Ron Jon Surf Shop (in Cocoa Beach) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Canaveral). There's more to do: discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks and find something for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Orlando online route planner .

You can drive from Key West to Orlando in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Key West in January, things will get a bit cooler in Orlando: highs are around 71°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Stetson Mansion, Beach at Daytona Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Amelia Island Historic District and Florida Museum of Natural History. Get in touch with nature at St. Augustine Beach and Vilano Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Jacksonville: St. Augustine (Memorial Presbyterian Church, Claude's Chocolate, & more), Jacksonville Beach (in Jacksonville Beach) and Webb's Antique Mall (in Lake City). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Amelia Island Museum of History and steep yourself in history at Fernandina Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jacksonville tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Orlando to Jacksonville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Orlando in January; daily highs in Jacksonville reach 65°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Jacksonville Beach, Florida Museum of Natural History, Webb's Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach
Mission of Nombre de Dios ©
Mission of Nombre de Dios
Vilano Beach ©
Vilano Beach

3
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Meyer Vogl Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Robert Lange Studios and Fort Moultrie. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at goat. sheep. cow., take an in-depth tour of Charleston Museum, examine the collection at Edmondston-Alston House, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Charleston online tour planner .

You can drive from Jacksonville to Charleston in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Jacksonville in January, expect nights in Charleston to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tanger Outlets Charleston, Fort Moultrie, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Charleston Museum ©
The Charleston Museum
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

3
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery and Chateau Elan Winery. Step out of the city life by going to Stone Mountain Park and Silver Comet Trail. Take a break from Atlanta with a short trip to Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Your Dekalb Farmers Market and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Atlanta route planner .

You can fly from Charleston to Atlanta in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charleston in January, with highs in Atlanta at 53°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Chateau Elan Winery, Silver Comet Trail, Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery, Booth Western Art Museum, Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Stone Mountain Park ©
Stone Mountain Park
Chateau Elan Winery ©
Chateau Elan Winery

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