51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
New York City
— 5 nights
2
Chicago
— 6 nights
3
Tahoe City
— 1 night
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
5
Honolulu
— 5 nights
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
7
Phoenix
— 4 nights
8
Aspen
— 5 nights
9
Denver
— 5 nights
10
Miami
— 6 nights

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at New York Public Library and Eastern State Penitentiary. Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Make your New York City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Durban, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Durban to New York City. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Durban in August: high temperatures in New York City hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Eastern State Penitentiary
Highlights from your plan
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Chicago Riverwalk and Museum of Science and Industry. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Utica (Starved Rock State Park & Matthiessen State Park), Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton) and Milwaukee (Pabst Mansion & Milwaukee Art Museum). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and shop like a local with The Magnificent Mile.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago sightseeing planner.

Getting from New York City to Chicago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Utica, Milwaukee, 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. On the 30th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, thenstroll through Truckee River Bike Trail, thentrek along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tahoe City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Tahoe City takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, Tahoe City is much colder at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum & California State Railroad Museum) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's still lots to do: hike along Lands End, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey planner.

You can drive from Tahoe City to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Tahoe City in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around °C, while nights are much hotter with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can 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
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koko Crater Railway Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Skydiving (in Haleiwa), Island Treasures (in Kailua) and Banzai Pipeline (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pick up some local products at Saturday Farmer's Market KCC, steep yourself in history at Queen Emma Summer Palace, and stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Honolulu in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. In September, Honolulu is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad--about 2h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning site.

You can fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can 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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musical Instrument Museum and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Heard Museum and St. Mary's Basilica. Take a break from Phoenix with a short trip to Watson's Hat Shop in Cave Creek, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Camelback Mountain, and admire the landmark architecture of David & Gladys Wright House.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Phoenix trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Phoenix by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Phoenix to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can 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.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step out of Aspen to go to Buena Vista and see Off-Road Tours, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Braille Trail, and hike along Grottos Trail.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Phoenix to Aspen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around °C and lows are around °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.
Get some historical perspective at Denver Union Station and Trinity United Methodist Church. Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

You can take a train from Aspen to Denver in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Denver at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden History Museum & Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, 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.
Popular historic sites such as Deering Estate and St Patrick Catholic Church are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Explore Miami's surroundings by going to Loggerhead Marinelife Center (in Juno Beach), Anhinga Trail (in Everglades National Park) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, admire the masterpieces at Perez Art Museum Miami, tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Olas Beach, and take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Miami attractions planner.

Fly from Denver to Miami in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Miami is 2 hours. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Miami, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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