53 days in United States & Israel Itinerary

53 days in United States & Israel Itinerary

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53 days in United States & Israel Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Bus:  14​h
1
New York City, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Chicago, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
San Francisco, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Honolulu, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
8
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Mitspe Ramon, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Eilat, Israel
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3​h 45​min
11
Tiberias, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

6
nights
New York City, United States

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.
Kids will enjoy Central Park and Ellis Island. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, make a trip to 9/11 Memorial, and go for a walk through The High Line.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to New York City is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in October, with highs in New York City at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo

6
nights
Washington DC, United States

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.
Family-friendly places like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will thrill your kids. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park), Dragon Distillery, LLC (in Frederick) and Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, ponder the world of politics at White House, pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip website .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dragon Distillery, LLC, Gettysburg National Military Park, Old Rag Mountain Hike
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

6
nights
Orlando, United States

Orlando ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort, make an unforgettable trip to Avatar Flight of Passage, try out the rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Orlando vacation planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect Orlando to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

5
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Silver Beach Carousel in Saint Joseph, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Team vs Time, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Orlando to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Orlando in November, with highs in Chicago at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Silver Beach Carousel, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
Ragnarok Axe Throwing ©
Ragnarok Axe Throwing
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

6
nights
Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The Roller Coaster make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and have fun at Battlefield Vegas.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in November: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

6
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Marshall’s Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Alcatraz Island, stroll around Marina Green, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning site .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

6
nights
Honolulu, United States

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kids will enjoy USS Arizona Memorial and Waikiki Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, identify plant and animal life at Malaekahana State Recreation Area, walk around Kapiolani Regional Park, and contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip maker tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get much hotter in Honolulu: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Malaekahana State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

2
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat) and Art Quest - Club Allenby 28 (in Tel Aviv). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, look for all kinds of wild species at En Gedi Nature Reserve, examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and contemplate the long history of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jerusalem trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Honolulu to Jerusalem in 26 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Honolulu to Jerusalem. In December, Jerusalem is little chillier than Honolulu - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, En Gedi Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Art Quest - Club Allenby 28 ©
Art Quest - Club Allenby 28
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve

1
night
Mitspe Ramon, Israel

Mitspe Ramon ©
Founded in 1951, the small desert town of Mitspe Ramon overlooks the Ramon Crater, a massive 40 km (24 mi) long dip in the Negev desert, created by erosion and notable for its interesting rock formations.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, then take in breathtaking views at Avdat National Park, and then get a taste of life in the country at The Alpaca Farm.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mitspe Ramon trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Jerusalem to Mitspe Ramon in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in December, you will find days in Mitspe Ramon are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
The Alpaca Farm ©
The Alpaca Farm

2
nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, then explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Eilat road trip planner.

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mitspe Ramon in December, you will find days in Eilat are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tiberias.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Timna Park ©
Timna Park
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nazareth Village and Madatech-Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tiberias: The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth) and The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, take in the dramatic natural features at Arbel National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Wedding Church, and steep yourself in history at Tiberias.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tiberias day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Tiberias takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Eilat, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tiberias, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Tiberias

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nazareth, Haifa, Franciscan Wedding Church, Magdala
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Tabgha ©
Tabgha
Hamat Tiberias National Park ©
Hamat Tiberias National Park

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