52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

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52 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Asheville
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
6
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Orlando, Florida
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Charleston
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
10
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
11
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
12
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
13
Boston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
14
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
15
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
16
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
17
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

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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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Amoeba Music, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and examine the collection at Mingei International Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Popular historic sites such as The Alamo and Mission San Jose are in your itinerary. Attractions like King William Historic District and Natural Bridge Caverns make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, view the masterpieces at Blue Star Contemporary, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from San Diego to San Antonio in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to San Antonio due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in April: highs in San Antonio hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Bullock Texas State History Museum and The Blanton Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Texas State Capitol. Change things up with a short trip to Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, look for gifts at Central Market, admire the masterpieces at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, and view the masterpieces at Harry Ransom Center.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Austin sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Austin are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Harry Ransom Center ©
Harry Ransom Center
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

1
day
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 9th (Fri), shop like a local with Philip DeAngelo Studio and then shop like a local with New Morning Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Austin to Asheville in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Austin to Asheville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in April, with highs in Asheville at 24°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
Philip DeAngelo Studio ©
Philip DeAngelo Studio

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Chimney Tops Trail. Kids will enjoy Quiet Walkways and Chimneys Picnic Area. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, hike along Alum Cave Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Fowler's Clay Works, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg tour planner .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Gatlinburg takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

4
nights
Orlando, Florida

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.
Bring the kids along to Discovery Cove and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Tue) at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 15th (Thu) at Magic Kingdom Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Orlando travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Gatlinburg to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gatlinburg in April: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

2
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Pin Point Heritage Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Webb Military Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and finally take a stroll through Savannah Historic District. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Savannah planner .

You can drive from Orlando to Savannah in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Orlando in April, with highs in Savannah at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Savannah

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Highlights from your plan
Webb Military Museum ©
Webb Military Museum
Savannah Historic District ©
Savannah Historic District
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Step out of the city life by going to The Center for Birds of Prey and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Sumter National Monument and Nathaniel Russell House. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Beach Public Beach, explore and take pictures at Charleston History Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Charleston visit planner.

Traveling by car from Savannah to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Charleston are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Folly Beach, The Center for Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Tidal Basin. Your inner history buff will appreciate Washington National Cathedral and Arlington National Cemetery. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Baltimore (Sagamore Spirit Distillery & Horseshoe Casino). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Georgetown University.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip tool .

Getting from Charleston to Washington DC by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charleston in April: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Baltimore, Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Sagamore Spirit Distillery ©
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Brandywine River Museum of Art and Independence Hall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation. Step out of Philadelphia with an excursion to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Rittenhouse Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence National Historical Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, and appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip planning app .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Brandywine River Museum of Art ©
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fifth Avenue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and New York Public Library. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, meet the residents at Central Park Zoo, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in New York City, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail. On your second day here, wander the streets of North End, stop by Brookline Booksmith, then wander the streets of Newbury Street, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Boston road trip tool .

Getting from New York City to Boston by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Boston dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Boston

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Brookline Booksmith
Highlights from your plan
North End ©
North End
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Newbury Street ©
Newbury Street

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore and learn at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and The Magnificent Mile. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond, and admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town and then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip site .

You can fly from Chicago to Albuquerque in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in May, you will find days in Albuquerque are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Tom Devlin's Monster Museum about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with The Strip, try to win big at Casino at Luxor Las Vegas, admire the natural beauty at Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary, and make a trip to Bellagio Fountains.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Albuquerque to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. In May, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than Albuquerque - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Tom Devlin's Monster Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Alcatraz Island and Union Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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