24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
1
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas day trip planning app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Love Field and Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
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3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then hike along Bright Angel Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip website .

Getting from Dallas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 8°C, while nights are colder with lows around -11°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally wander the streets of Rodeo Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War and then see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December; daily highs in Santa Monica reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Rodeo Drive, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
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The Wende Museum of the Cold War ©
The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, then hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to South Lake Tahoe by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, things will get cooler in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 8°C and lows about -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Genoa Cemetery
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Heavenly Mountain Resort ©
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, wander the streets of Union Square, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker site .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are warmer (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New York City tour itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in New York City hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

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