43 days in Continental USA Itinerary

43 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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43 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25​h
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
10
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
11
Scotts Valley
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Cape Town

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Phillips Wharf Environmental Center and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Shop till you drop at Fell's Point and Torpedo Factory Art Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Fort McHenry National Monument (in Baltimore) and Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (in Lothian). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, wander the streets of Georgetown, steep yourself in history at Old Town, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC day trip planning app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Washington DC is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Traveling from Cape Town to Washington DC, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cape Town in November, with highs in Washington DC at 17°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Alexandria, Baltimore, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Old Town ©
Old Town
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Fort McHenry National Monument ©
Fort McHenry National Monument

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Ponquogue Beach and Shinnecock East County Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cooper's Beach and Catskill Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Quogue Wildlife Refuge (in Quogue), High Point Cross Country Ski Center (in Sussex) and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Times Square and take in the exciting artwork at Albert Shahinian Fine Art.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Southampton, High Point Cross Country Ski Center, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Catskill Park
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Ponquogue Beach ©
Ponquogue Beach
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Times Square ©
Times Square

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Denver takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Denver hover around 7°C and lows are around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

4
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Escape the urban bustle at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Head to Art Center of Estes Park Gallery and Laura's Fine Candyfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Rocky Mountain National Park (Alluvial Fan & Adams Falls Trail) and Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -9°C at night. On the 10th (Tue), you're off toGrand Junction.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Abbey of St. Walburga
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Abbey of St. Walburga ©
Abbey of St. Walburga

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): hike along Canyon View Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Grand Junction takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Junction, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Palisade
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St Kathryn Cellars ©
St Kathryn Cellars
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 12th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Arizona Snowbowl, examine the collection at Museum of Northern Arizona, then explore and take pictures at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Northern Arizona University.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff online itinerary maker .

Getting from Grand Junction to Flagstaff by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Junction in December: highs in Flagstaff hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Arizona Snowbowl ©
Arizona Snowbowl
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park ©
Northern Arizona University ©
Northern Arizona University

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, get great views at Lookout Studio, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Museums
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

2
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Mob Museum and Counts Kustoms. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Willow Beach. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, and see the interesting displays at Shelby American Inc.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are much hotter (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Willow Beach
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Running Horse Ranch and Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park), Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Las Vegas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Running Horse Ranch, Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, Two Rodeo Drive
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, then get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip builder tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Santa Barbara. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Scotts Valley.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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nights
Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley ©
Scotts Valley is a small city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, about thirty miles (48 km) south of downtown San Jose and six miles (10 km) north of the city of Santa Cruz, in the upland slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bargetto Winery and Lick Observatory. Museum-lovers will appreciate Canepa Motorsports Museum and Capitola Historical Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Pescadero (Pigeon Point Light Station, Bean Hollow State Beach, & more), Boulder Creek (Big Basin Redwoods State Park & Berry Creek Falls) and Los Gatos (Castle Rock State Park & Testarossa). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moss Landing State Beach, kick back and relax at Seacliff State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Lomond Recreation Area, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Scotts Valley trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Scotts Valley in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Scotts Valley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero, Aptos, Capitola, Davenport, Los Gatos
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail (in Bodega Bay), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Cosumnes River Preserve (in Galt). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, shop like a local with Union Square, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco attractions app .

You can drive from Scotts Valley to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Cosumnes River Preserve, California State Railroad Museum, Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail
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Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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