50 days in Continental USA Itinerary

50 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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50 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  27​h
1
Key West
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sarasota
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
St. Augustine
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Savannah
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Nashville
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
8
Waimea, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  36​h
End: Cape Town

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dry Tortugas National Park and Bahia Honda State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Key West: Marathon (The Turtle Hospital & Sombrero Beach). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Key West Garden Club, cruise along The Overseas Highway, admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Key West trip itinerary planning app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Key West is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Key West due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, Key West is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sarasota.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Marathon, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Key West Cemetery ©
Key West Cemetery

5
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Step off the beaten path and head to Saint Pete Beach and Bowman's Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarasota: The Dali Museum (in St. Petersburg), Treasure Island Beach (in Treasure Island) and Venice Beach (in Venice). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bean Point, take in nature's colorful creations at The Ringling, stroll through Siesta Beach, and contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan Mansion.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sarasota trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to Sarasota in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Key West in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sarasota, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Dali Museum, Saint Pete Beach, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Venice Beach, Bowman's Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bean Point ©
Bean Point
Venice Beach ©
Venice Beach
Treasure Island Beach ©
Treasure Island Beach

5
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Lightner Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Augustine Beach and St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Augustine: Beach at Daytona Beach (in Daytona Beach), Stetson Mansion (in DeLand) and Fort Clinch State Park (in Fernandina Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery, make a trip to St. George Street, and deepen your understanding at Flagler College.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the St. Augustine vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sarasota to St. Augustine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sarasota in December, expect nights in St. Augustine to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Beach at Daytona Beach, Stetson Mansion, Fort Clinch State Park, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
Lightner Museum ©
Lightner Museum
Fort Clinch State Park ©
Fort Clinch State Park

5
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Driftwood Beach and Coligny Beach. Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum and Old Fort Jackson will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Savannah: Spas (in Hilton Head) and Faith Chapel (in Jekyll Island). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Olde Pink House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, admire the striking features of Mickve Israel Temple, and walk around Forsyth Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Savannah trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from St. Augustine to Savannah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from St. Augustine in January since evenings lows in Savannah dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Tybee Island, Jekyll Island
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Park Cemetery ©
Colonial Park Cemetery
Mickve Israel Temple ©
Mickve Israel Temple
First African Baptist Church ©
First African Baptist Church

5
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Let the collections at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and National Corvette Museum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lotz House Museum and Downtown Franklin. Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Franklin (Carter House & Carnton). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, take in the views from Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Nashville trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Savannah to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Savannah to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Nashville is little chillier than Savannah - with highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, National Corvette Museum
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Oak Alley Plantation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whitney Plantation and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans online day trip planner .

Getting from Nashville to New Orleans by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nashville in January, plan for a bit warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Vacherie, Whitney Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©
Old New Orleans Rum Distillery ©
Old New Orleans Rum Distillery

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Loretto Chapel and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get some cultural insight at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Museum of International Folk Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Taos (Blumenschein Home & Museum & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe tour itinerary planning app .

You can fly from New Orleans to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Santa Fe. Traveling from New Orleans in January, expect nights in Santa Fe to be colder, around -7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Taos
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza
Museum of International Folk Art ©
Museum of International Folk Art

3
nights
Waimea, Kauai

Waimea ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Poipu Beach Park and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Go for a jaunt from Waimea to Poipu to see Spouting Horn about 36 minutes away.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waimea day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Waimea takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Santa Fe to Waimea. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in January, with highs in Waimea at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Poipu, Kauai Coffee Company, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Kauai Coffee Company ©
Kauai Coffee Company
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Let the collections at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lanikai Beach and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Opana Radar Site (in Kawela Bay). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, enjoy the sand and surf at Ko Olina Lagoons, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Waimea to Honolulu takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polynesian Cultural Center, Ko Olina Lagoons, Lanikai Beach, Opana Radar Site, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ko Olina Lagoons ©
Ko Olina Lagoons
Byodo-In Temple ©
Byodo-In Temple
Opana Radar Site ©
Opana Radar Site

3
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jagger Museum and Liliuokalani Gardens. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Hilo Coffee Mill. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Mauna Kea (in Kailua-Kona). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hilo Coffee Mill, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Mauna Kea, Jagger Museum, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Hilo Coffee Mill ©
Hilo Coffee Mill
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
Visit Napili Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wailea Beach and Lahaina Front Street. Change things up with a short trip to Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Kapalua Beach, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lahaina trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kapalua Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

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