47 days in United States Itinerary

47 days in United States Itinerary

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47 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Busselton
bus + Fly:  37​h
1
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
2
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
13
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  13​h 30​min
15
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
16
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
17
Waikoloa
— 3 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  34​h
End: Busselton

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, get some jogging in at Woldenberg Park, then shop like a local with Royal Street, and finally hunt for treasures at Frenchmen Street.

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Busselton, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 37-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Busselton to New Orleans. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Royal Street ©
Royal Street

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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.
For shopping fun, head to The Mall at Millenia or Disney Springs. Get some cultural insight at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Discovery Cove. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Thu) at Walt Disney World Resort.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Orlando takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando. Traveling from New Orleans in November, you will find days in Orlando are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

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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.
You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Get outdoors at East River Waterfront Esplanade and Bronx Zoo. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Times Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallett Nature Sanctuary, make a trip to 9/11 Memorial, and explore the striking landscape of Hamilton Grange National Memorial.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip planning tool .

You can fly from Orlando to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Orlando in November, plan for cooler days in New York City, with highs around 16°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Eastern Market or Madame Tussauds DC. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg) and Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore). There's more to do: meet the residents at National Zoological Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC route planning app .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Washington DC are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Antietam National Battlefield, Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile. Step out of the city life by going to Lincoln Park Zoo and Whihala Beach. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in November, with highs in Chicago at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Whihala Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque vacation planning site .

You can fly from Chicago to Albuquerque in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Albuquerque. When traveling from Chicago in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 19th (Tue), get great views at Lookout Studio, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder website .

Drive from Albuquerque to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in November, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 14°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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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 Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Willow Beach. The Strip and The Neon Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, explore the world behind art at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, browse the different shops at Westfield Horton Plaza, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego visit planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in San Diego. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get curious at Exploratorium, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco planning site .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Alki Beach, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and then get some jogging in at Discovery Park.

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

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, Seattle is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, view the masterpieces at Juneau Artist's Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau online vacation planner .

Getting from Seattle to Juneau by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in December, things will get slightly colder in Juneau: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Juneau-Douglas City Museum ©
Juneau-Douglas City Museum

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): cruise along High Road to Taos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally wander the streets of Taos Pueblo. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Taos attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Juneau to Taos takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in December: highs in Taos hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, get a taste of the local shopping with Tesuque Glass Works, then don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, and finally admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, take in the exciting artwork at Keshi, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally look for gifts at Tin - Nee - Ann.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe route planning site .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around -6°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Tesuque Glassworks
Highlights from your plan
Nedra Matteucci Galleries ©
Nedra Matteucci Galleries
Keshi ©
Keshi

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and then take a stroll through Kalapana.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Santa Fe to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Fe to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, expect Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to be much hotter, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail

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Hilo

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
On the 11th (Wed), browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then stroll through Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Basically Books.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo road trip tool .

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Imiloa Astronomy Center ©
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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Waikoloa

Waikoloa ©
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 13th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Waipio Valley Lookout, admire the verdant scenery at Waipi'o Valley, and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Waikoloa Beach Resort, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Waikoloa trip planner .

Drive from Hilo to Waikoloa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Waikoloa are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

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