12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
1
Miami
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Boston
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h
4
New York City
— 3 nights
5
Philadelphia
— 1 night
6
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Raleigh

1
night
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): have fun at Lock & Load Miami and then examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Miami trip planning website .

Raleigh to Miami is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, Miami is much warmer than Raleigh - with highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Miami

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Art Deco Historic District, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sun), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then make a trip to Book Passage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour builder tool .

Fly from Miami to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Miami to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Miami in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Boston

Boston ©
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 17th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Granary Burying Ground, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, and then don't miss a visit to Boston Public Library. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, walk around Boston Public Garden, then stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and finally stop by Brookline Booksmith.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Boston in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Boston due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get slightly colder in Boston: highs are around 43°F and lows about 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Brookline Booksmith
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Mount Auburn Cemetery ©
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

3
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

Getting from Boston to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in New York City sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

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

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 22nd (Sun), enjoy some music at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia road trip tool .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Wissahickon Valley Park ©
Wissahickon Valley Park
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

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Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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