54 days in Continental USA Itinerary

54 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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54 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  25​h
1
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 7 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
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Orlando
— 9 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
11
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town

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.
You've added National Building Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Museum of the Bible, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Portrait Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Washington National Cathedral and Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Dragon Distillery, LLC (in Frederick). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online vacation planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Washington DC is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Old Town, Dragon Distillery, LLC, Gettysburg National Military Park, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arlington National Cemetery. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, then make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and finally pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, appreciate the history behind Pentagon Memorial, and then steep yourself in history at Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Arlington journey planner .

Arlington is very close to Washington DC. In December, daily temperatures in Arlington can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

7
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Do some cultural sightseeing at Times Square and American Museum of Natural History. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Great Neck to see Great Neck Steppingstone Park about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Ellis Island, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip planning tool .

You can fly from Arlington to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Great Neck Steppingstone Park
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 6th (Mon): try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond and then make a trip to The Magnificent Mile. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 0°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook, do a tasting at Stone Hill Winery, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum, and finally take a stroll through Historic Downtown Branson. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, then admire all the interesting features of College of the Ozarks, and then browse the different shops at Branson Landing.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Branson holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect Branson to be a bit warmer, temps between 8°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Branson

Shopping Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
Highlights from your plan
Branson Landing ©
Branson Landing
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
Historic Downtown Branson ©
Historic Downtown Branson

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Sonoma Coast State Beach and Fort Funston National Park for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Union Square. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Branson to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Branson in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with Annenberg Community Beach House, admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, and don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Strip and Pinball Hall of Fame. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Las Vegas to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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 Garden District and Jackson Square are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National WWII Museum and Royal Street. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Jamie Hayes Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the New Orleans route maker app .

Getting from Las Vegas to New Orleans by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans is 2 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

9
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.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and Duncan McClellan Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stetson Mansion and NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Step out of Orlando to go to Scottsmoor and see Cape Canavarel National Cemetery, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove, make an unforgettable trip to Magic Kingdom Park, buy something for everyone on your list at The Mall at Millenia, and laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Orlando travel route builder .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Orlando, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Winter Park, Stetson Mansion, Cape Canavarel National Cemetery, NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Duncan McClellan Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Appreciate the collections at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and 7 Artists & Friends. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Truman Little White House, admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Key West trip planner.

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Orlando in February, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, 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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