51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

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51 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 8 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Jackson
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Houston
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Austin
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
12
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Auckland

8
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. 9/11 Memorial and New York City Hall will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Bronx to see Bronx Zoo about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City tour builder app .

Auckland, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to New York City, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in New York City are little chillier (11°C), and nights are colder (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Valley Forge National Historical Park and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Your inner history buff will appreciate Independence Hall and Christ Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's much more to do: hike along Kelly Drive, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Washington State Park, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, and contemplate the long history of Liberty Bell Center.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Washington State Park, Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Art and National Portrait Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Antietam National Battlefield and Arlington National Cemetery. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Tidal Basin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Washington DC online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Washington DC sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arlington, Antietam National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Get outdoors at Old Rag Mountain Hike and Elkwallow Picnic Area. Get a sense of the local culture at Vietnam War Foundation Museum and Augusta Military Academy Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins in Barboursville (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: hike along Mary's Rock Summit Trail, look for gifts at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, and get engrossed in the history at Port Republic Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Shenandoah National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Shenandoah National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Augusta Military Academy Museum, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Port Republic Museum, Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins, Vietnam War Foundation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Augusta Military Academy Museum ©
Augusta Military Academy Museum
Port Republic Museum ©
Port Republic Museum

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Lotz House Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Popular historic sites such as Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and St. Paul's Episcopal Church are in your itinerary. Step out of Nashville to go to Fairview and see Bowie Nature Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Radnor Lake State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Park, and see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nashville vacation planner.

Getting from Shenandoah National Park to Nashville by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Shenandoah National Park to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin, Bowie Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Bowie Nature Park ©
Bowie Nature Park

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hampson Museum State Park and St. Peter Catholic Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Beale Street. Step out of Memphis to go to Marianna and see Mississippi River State Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, and stop by Lansky.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Mississippi River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shiloh National Military Park and Shiloh National Cemetery. You'll explore and learn at Discovery Park of America and Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Explore Jackson's surroundings by going to Corinth Coke Museum (in Corinth) and Cherry Mansion (in Savannah). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson trip maker website .

Drive from Memphis to Jackson in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Jackson. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Corinth, Cherry Mansion, Shiloh National Military Park, Discovery Park of America
Highlights from your plan
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Discovery Park of America ©
Discovery Park of America
Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center ©

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Chalmette National Historical Park and Garden District are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The National WWII Museum and Jackson Square. Take a break from New Orleans with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Audubon Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Woldenberg Park, and admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our New Orleans driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Jackson to New Orleans in 7 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Jackson in April, expect warmer with lows of 25°C in New Orleans. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

4
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Visiting Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Cockrell Butterfly Center will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Space Center Houston and San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Smither Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Houston trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Houston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in April, you will find days in Houston are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Highlights from your plan
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Escape the urban bustle at The San Antonio River Walk and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Appreciate the collections at The Alamo and Barn Pottery. Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, and take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Austin trip website .

Getting from Houston to Austin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Austin are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

San Antonio, Barn Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and American International Rattlesnake Museum. Bandelier National Monument and Albuquerque Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque online itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Austin to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Austin in May, with highs in Albuquerque at 29°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then identify plant and animal life at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, then stop by Tin - Nee - Ann, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe itinerary maker app .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Take a break from the city and head to Denver Zoo and Crown Hill Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Union Station, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Denver sightseeing app .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Denver in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Santa Fe in May, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Holy Ghost Catholic Church ©
Holy Ghost Catholic Church
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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