59 days in United States Itinerary

59 days in United States Itinerary

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59 days in United States Itinerary

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

8
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 U.S. Naval Academy, United States Capitol, Library of Congress, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Arlington National Cemetery. Popular historic sites such as Washington National Cathedral and Capitol Hill are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Washington DC to Gettysburg to see Gettysburg National Military Park about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of President Lincoln's Cottage, shop like a local with Madame Tussauds DC, and appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner .

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 when traveling from Johannesburg to Washington DC is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get cooler in Washington DC: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Arlington National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park, George Washington's Mount Vernon, U.S. Naval Academy
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 28:
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
National Constitution Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, then take an in-depth tour of National Constitution Center, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, and then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip planner .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

8
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.
Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and SoHo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Times Square and 9/11 Memorial. Step out of New York City to go to Great Neck and see Great Neck Steppingstone Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

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

Getting from Philadelphia to New York City by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Great Neck Steppingstone Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 7:
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 8th (Wed), try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, take an in-depth tour of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and then shop like a local with Chicago Cultural Center.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 0°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oak Park, Horseshoe Hammond
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Quicksilver Gallery and Titanic Museum. Head to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Branson Landingfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Branson with an excursion to Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wilderness Chapel, do a tasting at Stone Hill Winery, and get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson holiday app .

Getting from Chicago to Branson by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In January, Branson is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 8°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Branson

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Eureka Springs, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ignatius Church, take a stroll through Union Square, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco vacation planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Branson to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Branson to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In January, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Branson - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sonoma Coast State Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

9
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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenuefor some retail therapy. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (The Disney Gallery & Disneyland Park) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, engage your brain at California Science Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

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 somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
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 The Neon Museum. The Mob Museum and Nostalgia Street Rods will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, and get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

Before you visit Las Vegas, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Garden District and The National WWII Museum. Visit French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 for their historical value. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, make a trip to Jackson Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Frenchmen Street.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our New Orleans online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to New Orleans takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Las Vegas in January since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Center for Civil and Human Rights and World of Coca-Cola. There's lots more to do: listen to music at Fox Theatre, take in nature's colorful creations at Atlanta Botanical Garden, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at High Museum of Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Atlanta trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from New Orleans to Atlanta in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Atlanta. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Atlanta when traveling from New Orleans in February, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola
Center for Civil and Human Rights ©
Center for Civil and Human Rights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Stetson Mansion and Timothy's Gallery. Do your shopping at The Mall at Millenia and Orlando Farmers Market. Next up on the itinerary: try out the rides at Discovery Cove, get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Nomadic.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Orlando takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Orlando is a bit warmer than Atlanta - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Winter Park, Stetson Mansion
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 12:
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, explore the galleries of Truman Little White House, then take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends, and finally shop like a local with Alan S. Maltz Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Key West, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
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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