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21 days in United States & Central Hungary Itinerary
Start: Amman, Jordan
Bus + Foot + Fly: 8 h 30 min
Budapest, Hungary— 10 nights
Fly: 17 h 15 min
San Francisco, United States— 1 night
Fly: 4 h
Las Vegas, United States— 2 nights
Fly: 6 h 45 min
Washington DC, United States— 1 night
Fly: 3 h 15 min
New York City, United States— 3 nights
Fly + Foot + Bus: 16 h 45 min
End: Amman, Jordan
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Pearl of the Danube
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.
To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planner .
Amman, Jordan to Budapest is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Amman to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amman in December, expect Budapest to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Budapest
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San Francisco, United States
City by the Bay
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.On the 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then walk around Golden Gate Park.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary builder .
Getting from Budapest to San Francisco by flight takes about 17.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Budapest in January, things will get much warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.
Things to do in San Francisco
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Las Vegas, United States
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.On the 6th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower.
To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas online trip itinerary maker .
You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for little chillier nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.
Things to do in Las Vegas
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Washington DC, United States
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.Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Casino.
To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .
You can fly from Las Vegas to Washington DC in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Washington DC. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.
Things to do in Washington DC
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New York City, United States
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, then wander the streets of Times Square, and then explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planning site .
You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in New York City when traveling from Washington DC in January, with lows around -5°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Things to do in New York City
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