17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
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Miami
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Houston
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South Padre Island
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Los Angeles
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New York City — 4 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at 9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library. Museum-lovers will appreciate Philadelphia Museum of Art and Eastern State Penitentiary. Change things up with a short trip to Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, contemplate the long history of The Met Cloisters, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online route planner.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from London to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, New York City is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Miami.
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Miami — 4 nights

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wynwood Walls and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Get in touch with nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami: Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier), Fort Lauderdale Beach (in Fort Lauderdale) and Hollywood Beach (in Hollywood). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Art Deco Historic District, stroll around Lummus Park Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Drive.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miami trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Miami takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Miami: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Houston.
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Houston — 2 nights

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of 1892 Bishop's Palace and then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall. On your second day here, engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science and then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Miami to Houston in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August in Houston, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to South Padre Island.
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South Padre Island — 1 night

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 12th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip builder website.

You can fly from Houston to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Houston, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and The Getty Villa (in Malibu). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from South Padre Island to Los Angeles. Traveling from South Padre Island in August, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Room Escape Games
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.
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