54 days in United States Itinerary

54 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday builder

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Park City
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Boston
— 2 nights
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Orlando
— 2 nights
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Miami
— 2 nights
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Savannah
— 2 nights
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly to Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Drive to Northville
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Northville
— 1 day
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New York City
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Wed), stroll through Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, walk around Golden Gate Park, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In January in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Los Angeles

— 8 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: La Jolla Cove (in La Jolla), Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 5:

Palm Springs

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then get to know the resident critters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Strip, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online day trip planner.

Fly from Palm Springs to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Las Vegas is little chillier than Palm Springs - with highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Park City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Park City

— 1 night
Known globally as the home of the country's largest independent film festival, Park City finds its roots as an old silver boomtown located on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take a stroll through Park City Main Street Historic District and then fly down the slopes at Deer Valley Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort, stroll through Canyons Village at Park City, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Park City trip builder tool.

Getting from Las Vegas to Park City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Park City is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in February, expect Park City to be much colder, temps between 6°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Park City

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 10:

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and admire the striking features of Lookout Studio.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park route maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Park City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Park City in February: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 11°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, explore the striking landscape at Emerald Pools, and cruise along Zion Shuttle.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in February, things will get a bit warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 17°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 17th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Teton Raptor Center, don't miss a visit to Town Square, then explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, and finally get outside with Teton Backcountry Rentals.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jackson Hole road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Zion National Park to Jackson Hole takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Jackson Hole, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Jackson Hole in February since evenings lows in Yellowstone National Park dip to -18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Dallas.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:

Dallas

— 2 nights

Big D

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 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and then don't miss a visit to Exchange Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Dallas World Aquarium, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dallas travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Dallas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Dallas due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in February; daily highs in Dallas reach 19°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, then walk around Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, then engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and finally get in on the family fun at Fox in a Box Chicago.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip planning app.

You can fly from Dallas to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in February: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 2°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Boston.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

Boston

— 2 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
On the 26th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, then walk around Rose Kennedy Greenway, and finally stroll around Boston Common. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old State House, then get curious at Museum of Science, then get a taste of the local shopping with Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at New England Aquarium.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Boston day trip site.

You can fly from Chicago to Boston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in February, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, contemplate the long history of Liberty Bell Center, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and finally get into the urban bustle at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then stroll around Washington Square Park, and finally try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Philadelphia vacation planner.

You can fly from Boston to Philadelphia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Orlando.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:

Orlando

— 2 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Orlando online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Orlando takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Orlando is much warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Miami

— 2 nights

Magic City

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 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then take a stroll through Espanola Way, and finally browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and then take a stroll through Ocean Drive.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miami itinerary builder app.

Fly from Orlando to Miami in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Miami. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Savannah.

Things to do in Miami

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 6th (Sun), wander the streets of Savannah Historic District, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. On your second day here, make a trip to Historic River Street, stroll around Forsyth Park, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Savannah online route planner.

You can fly from Miami to Savannah in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, Savannah is little chillier than Miami - with highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Atlanta.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tee off at Top Golf, meet the residents at Georgia Aquarium, and then stroll around Centennial Olympic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola, take in nature's colorful creations at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then sample some tasty brews at Red Hare Brewing Company.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Atlanta route maker site.

Fly from Savannah to Atlanta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 10th (Thu), examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, then stop by Garden District, and finally stroll around Audubon Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Atlanta to New Orleans in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to Austin.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): learn the secrets of beer at Bike and Brew ATX, then get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, then take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol. On the next day, admire the striking features of The Driskill, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin attractions planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Austin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in March, expect nights in Austin to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 14th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, then let the kids burn off some steam at Brackenridge Park, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, and finally get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden, examine the collection at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally browse the exhibits of The Alamo.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Northville.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

Northville

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along Great Sacandaga Lake and then ski along the peaceful trails at Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Northville trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Antonio to Northville. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Northville is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in March; daily highs in Northville reach 3°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Northville

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, stroll around The High Line, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our New York City online itinerary builder.

Getting from Northville to New York City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Northville in March, with highs in New York City at 11°C and lows at 1°C.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
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.

Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
The Bay State
Known as the "Bay State" because of the three bays dominating its coastline, Massachusetts has played a significant cultural and commercial role through most of the country's history. An increasingly popular vacation destination for foreign travelers, Massachusetts offers numerous places to visit, ranging from historical sites to modern urban centers famous for their culinary, art, and nightlife scenes. With the majority of its population living in and around the city of Boston, in the 20th century Massachusetts went from a state largely dependent on fishing and agriculture to the country's leader in higher education, healthcare, high technology, and financial services. Home to renowned universities and research centers, the state's cities attract a young crowd of students, scientists, artists, and business professionals.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

Florida travel guide

4.4
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.

Georgia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Parks
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

Louisiana travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

New York State travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.