34 days in United States & U.S. Virgin Islands Itinerary

34 days in United States & U.S. Virgin Islands Itinerary

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34 days in United States & U.S. Virgin Islands Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  17​h 45​min
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Houston, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
San Antonio, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fredericksburg, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Austin, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fort Worth, United States
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
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Dallas, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Memphis, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Nashville, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
9
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
12
Miami, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Key West, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
14
Santa Monica, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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Houston, United States

Houston ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Space Center Houston, Galveston Naval Museum, The Seawall, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Art Car Museum, get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum Houston, see the interesting displays at 1940 Air Terminal Museum, then see the interesting displays at Battleship Texas State Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. On the next day, learn about all things military at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, then examine the collection at Space Center Houston, then brush up on your military savvy at Galveston Naval Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Houston vacation planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Houston is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Houston is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Houston to be a bit cooler, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a bus to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galveston, Battleship Texas State Historic Site
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1940 Air Terminal Museum ©
1940 Air Terminal Museum
Battleship Texas State Historic Site ©
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

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San Antonio, United States

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District and then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at San Antonio Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at San Antonio Museum of Art, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Houston to San Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in San Antonio are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral ©
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

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night
Fredericksburg, United States

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at LBJ Texas White House, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, then do a tasting at Lost Draw Cellars, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Antonio to Fredericksburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in March, things will get a bit cooler in Fredericksburg: highs are around 25°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

LBJ Texas White House
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National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
LBJ Texas White House ©
LBJ Texas White House

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nights
Austin, United States

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 13th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Harry Ransom Center, admire the masterpieces at The Blanton Museum of Art, and then see the interesting displays at Dick's Classic Garage. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Texas State Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitagu Buddha Vihara, then hike along Jacob's Well Natural Area, and finally do a tasting at Duchman Family Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Austin road trip website .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Austin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fredericksburg in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Austin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dick's Classic Garage, Duchman Family Winery, Jacob's Well Natural Area
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:
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Dick's Classic Garage ©
Dick's Classic Garage
The Blanton Museum of Art ©
The Blanton Museum of Art
Jacob's Well Natural Area ©
Jacob's Well Natural Area

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nights
Fort Worth, United States

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, examine the collection at Fort Worth Aviation Museum, explore the world behind art at Sid Richardson Museum, then contemplate the long history of Log Cabin Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Thistle Hill House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Wat Buddharatnaram, take an in-depth tour of Stockyards Museum, then examine the collection at Leonard's Department Store Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cultural District.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fort Worth itinerary planning website .

Getting from Austin to Fort Worth by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Austin in March, expect nights in Fort Worth to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Sid Richardson Museum ©
Sid Richardson Museum
Cultural District ©
Cultural District
Log Cabin Village ©
Log Cabin Village

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Dallas, United States

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, explore the world behind art at Crow Collection of Asian Art, then examine the collection at Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and finally stop by Wild Bill's Western Store. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Frontiers of Flight Museum, explore the world behind art at Meadows Museum, and then trek along Bluebonnet Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Dallas trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Fort Worth to Dallas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Bluebonnet Trail
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Bluebonnet Trail ©
Bluebonnet Trail
Meadows Museum ©
Meadows Museum

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nights
Memphis, United States

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, and examine the collection at Metal Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Memphis driving holiday app .

Fly from Dallas to Memphis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in March; daily highs in Memphis reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Dixon Gallery & Gardens ©
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

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Nashville, United States

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, see the interesting displays at The George Jones, and then stroll around Radnor Lake State Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nashville visit planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March in Nashville, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Charlotte Amalie.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

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nights
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie ©
One of the most visited cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean, the town of Charlotte Amalie is known around the world for its duty-free jewelry, perfume, and liquor shops.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum, look for gifts at Artistic Jewelers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Magens Bay, then take in nature's colorful creations at Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Frenchtown Brewing Company. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Coki Point Beach, then kick back and relax at Sapphire Beach, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Charlotte Amalie trip maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Nashville to Charlotte Amalie with the Route module. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Nashville to Charlotte Amalie due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Nashville in March; daily highs in Charlotte Amalie reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cruz Bay.

Things to do in Charlotte Amalie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

East End, Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden, Magens Bay
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
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Magens Bay ©
Magens Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Coki Point Beach ©
Coki Point Beach

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nights
Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

Cruz Bay ©
The gateway to the island of Saint John, Cruz Bay represents the island's largest town, port, and commercial center.
On the 27th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maho Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trunk Bay. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bajo El Sol Gallery & Art Bar, browse the different shops at Brewtique, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

Plan trip to Cruz Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Charlotte Amalie to Cruz Bay in 1.5 hours. In March in Cruz Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to St. Croix.

Things to do in Cruz Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Brewtique, Trunk Bay
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Trunk Bay ©
Trunk Bay
Maho Beach ©
Maho Beach
Off-Road Tours

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nights
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

The largest of the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Shoy Beach, steep yourself in history at Fort Christiansvaern, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read St. Croix trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Cruz Bay to St. Croix takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March, daily temperatures in St. Croix can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Miami.

Things to do in St. Croix

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fort Christiansvaern ©
Fort Christiansvaern
Shoy Beach ©
Shoy Beach

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Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
On the 31st (Tue), kick back and relax at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Las Olas Beach, and then stroll around Lincoln Road. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetary, steep yourself in history at Deering Estate, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, and finally zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Miami vacation builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from St. Croix to Miami. Traveling from St. Croix to Miami, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Croix in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Miami, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Las Olas Beach
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park ©
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Las Olas Beach ©
Las Olas Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Key West, United States

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Crane Point Museum & Nature Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum and Key West Garden Club. Get out of town with these interesting Key West side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Big Pine Key) and Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography (in Marathon). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, take in the pleasant sights at West Martello Tower, and enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Miami to Key West in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. April in Key West sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marathon, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Santa Monica, United States

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica State Beach and Seal Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Carpinteria State Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Santa Barbara (Casa del Herrero & Douglas Family Preserve) and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll around Palisades Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, and browse the different shops at Santa Monica Place.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to Santa Monica in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Key West in April, with highs in Santa Monica at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Seal Beach, Carpinteria State Beach
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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