39 days in United States Itinerary

39 days in United States Itinerary

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39 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Train + Fly:  12​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
10
Honolulu, Oahu
— 8 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  21​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

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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.
New York City is known for parks, museums, nightlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City tour itinerary builder .

Birmingham, UK to New York City is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Birmingham to New York City due to the time zone difference. In January, New York City is slightly colder than Birmingham - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

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

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 9th (Thu), get curious at Field Museum, then make a trip to Millennium Park, then appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, and finally explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. On the next day, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, then walk around Milton Lee Olive Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago route builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 0°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

3
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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nashville day trip planning app .

You can fly from Chicago to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Nashville reach 10°C and lows reach -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum

2
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 15th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and then trek along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Rim Trail and then go for a walk through Pipe Creek Vista.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nashville to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Nashville in January, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

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

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas vacation app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder City
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, then take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, and finally walk around Malibu Bluffs Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, then kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach, and then take advantage of the amenities at Paradise Cove.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Malibu trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Malibu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in January; daily highs in Malibu reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve ©

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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 historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Exploratorium, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Mount Walker in Olympic National Park--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Seattle by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Seattle to be little chillier, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bellevue Botanical Garden, Mount Walker
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Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of USS Arizona Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, stroll through Diamond Head State Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Honolulu Museum of Art.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu travel route planner.

Fly from Seattle to Honolulu in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in February, with highs in Honolulu at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
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Shark Diving
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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