13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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New York City
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, get great views at Top of the Rock, steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial, and go for a walk through The High Line.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our New York City online trip planner.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Washington DC

— 3 nights
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC tour itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 26th (Sat), get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then stroll through Millennium Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip builder site.

Getting from Washington DC to Chicago by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then try to win big at Caesars Palace, then try to win big at Casino At The Venetian, and finally browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary site.

Fly from Chicago to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then get curious at Exploratorium, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.