17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

London
Fly:  10​h 45​min
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

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days
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.
Gateway National Recreation and Ellis Island will appeal to history buffs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New York City trip planner.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New York City is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in New York City at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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day
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Las Vegas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Neighborhoods, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

3
days
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
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 14th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, stop by Lookout Studio, contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Cabrillo Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and don't miss a visit to Watts Towers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are much warmer (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Hermosa Beach Pier, Santa Monica Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. Relax by the water at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Baker Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Filbert Steps ©
Filbert Steps
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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