33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

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33 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  15​h
1
Anaheim
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
5
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fireworks at Disneyland Park as well as Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Thu) at Disney California Adventure Park. The adventure continues: catch some excitement at Star Wars Launch Bay.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Anaheim is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to Anaheim. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Anaheim are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are cooler (9°C). On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Nightlife Fun & Games
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Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Sign as well as Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Pack the 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Friends of the Elephant Seal as well as Hearst Castle. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, then look for gifts at Fermentations Wine Tasting, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 20°C and lows are around 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fermentations Wine Tasting ©
Fermentations Wine Tasting

3
nights
San Francisco

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, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, walk around Golden Gate Park, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip site .

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nashville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Ole Opry, The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and Ryman Auditorium. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, don't miss a visit to Ryman Auditorium, and then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Nashville takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in Nashville reach 13°C and lows reach 2°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Nightlife Museums
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Ryman Auditorium ©
Ryman Auditorium
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 23rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Graceland, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church, then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, and finally don't miss a visit to Beale Street.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip maker tool .

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Gators and Ghosts A New Orleans Tour Company as well as New Orleans City Park. On your second day here, walk around New Orleans City Park, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally get thoroughly spooked out with Gators and Ghosts A New Orleans Tour Company.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planning tool .

You can drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Memphis in December since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

6
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.
You've added One World Observatory, American Girl Place New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in December, expect nights in New York City to be much colder, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

5
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore) and Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience (in Frederick). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC planner .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience, Horseshoe Casino
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Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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