47 days in United States & Africa Itinerary

47 days in United States & Africa Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 5 nights
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Hargeysa, Somalia
— 4 nights
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Jinka, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 5 nights
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Axum, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
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Gonder, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
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Khartoum, Sudan
— 5 nights
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Karima, Sudan
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New York City, United States

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Popular historic sites such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Paul's Chapel are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Sands Point Preserve (in Port Washington), Teatown Lake Reservation (in Ossining) and Center for the Urban River at Beczak (in Yonkers). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Church, get engrossed in the history at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, and stroll through Central Park.

Plan trip to New York City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Pasco to New York City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Pasco in July, plan for slightly colder days in New York City, with highs around 86°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 5 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Trinity Cathedral and Arada Giyorgis. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Ethiopia and Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Spend the 6th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Menagesha Suba Forest Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Bob Marley, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa driving holiday planner.

You can fly from New York City to Addis Ababa in 18.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Addis Ababa is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 70°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hargeysa.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Hargeysa, Somalia

— 4 nights
A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Hargeysa is known for nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Laas Geel, take in the spiritual surroundings of MiG Jet, browse the fresh offerings at Livestock Market, and browse the exhibits of Saryan Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hargeysa online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Hargeysa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in August: high temperatures in Hargeysa hover around 85°F and lows are around 66°F. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Hargeysa

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Museums

Jinka, Ethiopia

— 3 nights
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Jinka is known for nature and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Jinka Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jinka driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hargeysa to Jinka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Lalibela.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
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Lalibela, Ethiopia

— 5 nights
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of St. George and Tomb of Adam. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, don't miss a visit to Yemrehana Krestos Church, and shop like a local with The Fine Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lalibela itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Jinka to Lalibela in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Axum, Ethiopia

— 3 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Visit Northern Stelae Field and Obelisk of Axum for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Axum tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. You will leave for Gonder on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites

Gonder, Ethiopia

— 2 nights

Camelot of Africa

A former royal city, Gonder once served as the Ethiopian Empire's capital--it still boasts well-preserved remains of 17th-century castles and palaces that shed light on the opulent lifestyle of the bygone times.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Gonder tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Axum to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Gonder are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

— 4 nights
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
Appreciate the collections at Lions Art Gallery and Church of Debre Sina Maryam. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery and take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Khartoum.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Khartoum, Sudan

— 5 nights
Situated at the meeting point of the White and Blue Niles, the sprawling capital Khartoum captivates with its welcoming atmosphere, chaotic marketplaces, and extravagant skyline punctuated with glass towers.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sudan National Museum and Mojo Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Naga: Temple of Amun and Khartoum War Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Italian Tourism Co, shop like a local with Sudan Art Diwan, don't miss a visit to Nile Street, and walk around Mogran.

To find reviews and tourist information, go to the Khartoum online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Bahir Dar to Khartoum with the Route module. Traveling from Bahir Dar to Khartoum, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bahir Dar in August, you will find days in Khartoum are much warmer (96°F), and nights are a bit warmer (79°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Karima.

Things to do in Khartoum

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Karima, Sudan

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Necropolis of Nuri and then delve into the distant past at Gebel Barkal. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Petrified Forest and then stroll the grounds of El Kurru Tombs.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Karima journey planner.

Traveling by car from Khartoum to Karima takes 6.5 hours. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Karima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

Somaliland travel guide

4
Geologic Formations · Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites

Sudan travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Ruins
Splitting with South Sudan in 2011, Sudan remains a vast, diverse place. Desert and savannah landscapes dominate much of the north and south, while the east and west are primarily mountainous. Ancient Nubian ruins dot the desert areas in the north, with the section close to the Nile once home to great and powerful kingdoms. The main cities offer an array of interesting and evocative Islamic sites, with many centuries-old mosques and religious schools and market squares--all worthy of addition on a comprehensive Sudan itinerary.