51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

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51 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
3
Tahoe City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Honolulu
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Phoenix
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Aspen
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
10
Miami
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Durban

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Patrick's Cathedral and New York Public Library. Museum-lovers will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and Eastern State Penitentiary. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, take a stroll through Greenwich Village, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and go for a walk through Times Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read New York City travel route app .

Durban, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Durban to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Durban in August, with highs in New York City at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Eastern State Penitentiary
Highlights from your plan
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Escape the urban bustle at Lakefront Trail and Starved Rock State Park. Milwaukee Art Museum and Field Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton), Pabst Mansion (in Milwaukee) and Matthiessen State Park (in Utica). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and take a stroll through The Loop.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Milwaukee, Utica, Indiana Dunes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park

1
night
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail, then stroll through Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tahoe City sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Tahoe City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Tahoe City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Tahoe City, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Gatekeeper's Museum ©
Gatekeeper's Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum & California State Railroad Museum). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route tool .

You can drive from Tahoe City to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Tahoe City, expect little chillier days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©

5
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Take a break from the city and head to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Skydiving. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Island Treasures and Saturday Farmer's Market KCC. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Banzai Pipeline in Pupukea--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the galleries of Queen Emma Summer Palace, see the interesting displays at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honolulu vacation planning tool .

Fly from San Francisco to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kailua, Skydiving, Banzai Pipeline
Highlights from your plan
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Scuba & Snorkeling
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Getty Center and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Get some historical perspective at Venice Canals Walkway and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Los Angeles is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Honolulu in September, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

4
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum. Martin Auto Museum and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Phoenix with a short trip to Watson's Hat Shop in Cave Creek, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip planning site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Phoenix in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in September, with highs in Phoenix at 43°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Watson's Hat Shop
Highlights from your plan
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Off-Road Tours

5
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Crater Lake Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Braille Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip maker tool .

Getting from Phoenix to Aspen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in September, things will get much colder in Aspen: highs are around 26°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Buena Vista
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Mount Evans. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Botanic Gardens and Molly Brown House Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Denver trip maker .

You can fly from Aspen to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Denver reach 30°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Golden History Museum & Park, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

6
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 discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Popular historic sites such as Lincoln Road and Deering Estate are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miami: Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier), Anhinga Trail (in Everglades National Park) and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (in Boca Raton). And it doesn't end there: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, buy something for everyone on your list at Brickell City Centre, kick back and relax at Las Olas Beach, and make a trip to Bayside Marketplace.

Before you visit Miami, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Miami takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Denver to Miami due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Miami, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades Alligator Farm, Las Olas Beach, Anhinga Trail, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Scuba & Snorkeling
Loggerhead Marinelife Center ©
Loggerhead Marinelife Center

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