51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

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51 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Mount Vernon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Johannesburg

6
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Washington National Cathedral, Pi Pizzeria & The Bottoms Up Bar, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington National Cemetery. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and The National Archives Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Washington DC to Baltimore to see Sagamore Spirit Distillery about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Newseum, hunt for treasures at Eastern Market, appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Washington DC is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Washington DC at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Arlington, Sagamore Spirit Distillery
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

2
nights
Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon ©
Mount Vernon is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. George Washington's Mount Vernon has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, then admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then get engrossed in the history at Ford Orientation Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Birthplace National Monument. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pohick Church, then steep yourself in history at Thomas Stone National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Historic Port Tobacco Village, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Ignatius Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mount Vernon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Washington DC to Mount Vernon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Mount Vernon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Port Tobacco
Highlights from your plan
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Pohick Church ©
Pohick Church
Ford Orientation Center ©
Ford Orientation Center

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. Times Square and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mount Vernon to New York City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Parks
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 ©

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the galleries of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and finally wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chicago planner .

Getting from New York City to Chicago by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Chicago to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 6th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook, do a tasting at Stone Hill Winery, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum, then wander the streets of Historic Downtown Branson, and finally browse the different shops at Branson Landing. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stop by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, and finally examine the collection at NRA National Sporting Arms Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Branson attractions tool .

Getting from Chicago to Branson by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect Branson to be somewhat warmer, temps between 8°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Branson

Museums Shopping Spas

Side Trip

Springfield
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
NRA National Sporting Arms Museum ©
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World ©
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Exploratorium and Union Square. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Sonoma Coast State Beach in Sonoma--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Branson to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Branson in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: The Disney Gallery (in Anaheim) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and take in the exciting artwork at Craft Contemporary.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Disney Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Market. Step out of San Diego to go to Vista and see Art Beat on Main Street, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, admire the majestic nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning tool .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Art Beat on Main Street
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

5
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Pinball Hall of Fame. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). There's much more to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at Nostalgia Street Rods, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip planning tool .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Clark County Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes New Orleans Secrets Tours. Get some cultural insight at Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at French Quarter and Jackson Square. Take a break from New Orleans with a short trip to Whitney Plantation in Wallace, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art, test your problem-solving skills at Escape My Room New Orleans, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and stop by Faulkner House Books.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans planning website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to New Orleans takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

5
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Magic Kingdom Park. Appreciate the collections at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and Timothy's Gallery. Shop till you drop at The Mall at Millenia and Orlando Farmers Market. Change things up with a short trip to Stetson Mansion in DeLand (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Discovery Cove, try out the rides at Happily Ever After Fireworks, discover the magic at Walt Disney World Resort, and get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Orlando online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in January: highs in Orlando hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Winter Park, Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

3
nights
Key West

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.
On the 5th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at The Studios of Key West, view the masterpieces at 7 Artists & Friends, steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion, then steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, then get a taste of the local shopping with KEPart Studio-Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Collections Key West.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Key West day trip website .

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Orlando in February since evenings lows in Key West dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sombrero Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

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