55 days in United States Itinerary

55 days in United States Itinerary

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55 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Houston
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
New Orleans
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Washington DC
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 10 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Chicago
— 11 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Christchurch

7
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Glenwood Cemetery and Whistling Duck Winery. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum (in Dickinson), East End Historic District (in Galveston) and Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (in Clute). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at The Weimary, examine the collection at Space Center Houston, brush up on your military savvy at Commemorative Air Force - Houston Wing, and take an in-depth tour of San Jacinto Museum of History.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston online itinerary planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Houston is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 18 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Christchurch in September: high temperatures in Houston hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

La Porte, Weimar, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
Brazosport Museum of Natural Science ©

9
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.
The National WWII Museum and New Orleans Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Garden District and French Quarter. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle), Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, wander the streets of Royal Street, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and take in the history at Chalmette National Historical Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans attractions planner .

You can fly from Houston to New Orleans in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in September: highs in New Orleans hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Nottoway Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Appreciate the collections at Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum and Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Orlando side-trips: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (in Anaheim) and Spas (in Celebration). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Discovery Cove, make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, admire the natural beauty at Harry P. Leu Gardens, and test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Orlando.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Orlando holiday maker .

You can fly from New Orleans to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Orlando, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Winter Park, Spas, Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

9
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Art and Newseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Little Round Top, & more) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC online day trip planner .

Fly from Orlando to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Washington DC is slightly colder than Orlando - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Dragon Distillery, LLC, National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

10
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.
Let the collections at 9/11 Memorial and The Metropolitan Museum of Art capture your imagination. Visit Ellis Island and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and go for a walk through Central Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip website .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. October in New York City sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

11
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Let the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Field Museum and Millennium Park. Venture out of the city with trips to South Bend (University of Notre Dame, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, & more), Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (in Skokie) and Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (in Elwood). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, see the interesting displays at Oriental Institute Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., and meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in October, expect Chicago to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pontiac, South Bend, Oak Park, Milwaukee, Wheaton
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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