36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 4 nights
2
Savannah
— 3 nights
3
St. Augustine
— 3 nights
4
Orlando
— 3 nights
5
Key West
— 3 nights
6
Miami
— 3 nights
7
Sedona
— 3 nights
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
9
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
10
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
11
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights

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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'll discover tucked-away gems like The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Frick Collection. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, see the interesting displays at Museum of Chinese in America, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing site.

Brisbane, Australia to New York City is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to New York City, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in New York City at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Savannah.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Visit Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from Savannah with a short trip to Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum in Tybee Island, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Olde Pink House, stroll the grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery, walk around Forsyth Park, and take a stroll through Savannah Historic District.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Savannah road trip planning tool.

Fly from New York City to Savannah in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Savannah to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tybee Island, Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
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Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters ©
Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
St. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Augustine Beach and Ormond Beach. Visit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine for their historical value. The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery, deepen your understanding at Flagler College, examine the collection at Lightner Museum, and don't miss a visit to St. George Street.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the St. Augustine trip planner.

You can drive from Savannah to St. Augustine in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Savannah in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in St. Augustine, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Ormond Beach
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

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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.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Stetson Mansion and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Orlando side-trips: Blue Spring State Park (in Orange City) and Beach at Daytona Beach (in Daytona Beach). There's more to do: discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks and browse the different shops at Disney Springs.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Orlando trip itinerary planner.

Drive from St. Augustine to Orlando in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from St. Augustine, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Orlando, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Blue Spring State Park, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Beach at Daytona Beach
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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ©
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fort Zachary Taylor and Bahia Honda State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Turtle Hospital and Dolphin Research Center. Step out of Key West with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Marathon--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Key West trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Marathon, Bahia Honda State Park
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Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

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Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
You'll explore and learn at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA). Step off the beaten path and head to Hollywood Beach and Art Deco Historic District. Change things up with these side-trips from Miami: Sawgrass Mills (in Sunrise), Everglades Alligator Farm (in Homestead) and Everglades National Park (Gumbo Limbo Trail & Anhinga Trail).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Miami holiday planner.

Fly from Key West to Miami in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Art Deco Historic District, Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA), Sawgrass Mills, Everglades Alligator Farm
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Hollywood Beach ©
Hollywood Beach
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral Rock and Devil's Bridge Trail. Get outdoors at Red Rock State Park and Airport Mesa. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sedona tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Miami to Sedona by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Sedona is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Miami in December, expect Sedona to be much colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, thentake in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then get curious at Exploratorium.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Sedona to San Francisco by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to San Francisco. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Sedona in December, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
You'll get in some beach time at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and experience rural life at Greenwell Farms.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona vacation planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Greenwell Farms
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©

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Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lahaina Front Street and Napili Beach. Visit Wailea Beach and Ka'anapali Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Helicopter Tours (in Kahului) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kihei). It doesn't end there: walk around Lahaina Banyan Court and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina online trip builder.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Wailea Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

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Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get a sense of the local culture at Iolani Palace and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Shark Diving), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kailua Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanikai Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and stroll around Kualoa Regional Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Byodo-In Temple, Kualoa Regional Park
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Shark Diving
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

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