17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

London
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
Overton
— 1 night
Drive + Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial and then head off the coast to Fire Island National Seashore.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planning app .

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in New York City reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Fire Island National Seashore
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Fire Island National Seashore
Fire Island National Seashore
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then hike along U.S. National Arboretum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Falls Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Washington DC hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

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Side Trip

Great Falls Park
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Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
day
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Niagara Falls road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Niagara Falls to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff
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Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

2
days
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park and then relax in the rural setting at Elawa Farm. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Michigan, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, and then stroll through Millennium Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chicago holiday maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Niagara Falls to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Niagara Falls in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chicago, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Overton.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Michigan, Elawa Farm, Indiana Dunes State Park
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Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Elawa Farm
Elawa Farm

1
day
Overton

Overton
Overton is an Unincorporated Town located in Clark County, Nevada. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Roos-N-More Zoo, then immerse yourself in nature at Valley of Fire State Park, then see the interesting displays at Lost City Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Mouse's Tank.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Overton route planner.

Getting from Chicago to Overton by combination of flight and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Overton. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Overton reach 37°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Overton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Roos-N-More Zoo
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Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
Mouse's Tank ©
Mouse's Tank
Lost City Museum ©
Lost City Museum

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and then stroll through Point Lobos State Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel tour builder .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Overton to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Overton, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wineries
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Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle
Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room ©
Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room

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days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Point Reyes Seashore National Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Tomales Bay State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online holiday planner .

Drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from San Simeon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Tomales Bay State Park, Point Reyes Seashore National Park, Castello di Amorosa
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Tomales Bay State Park ©
Tomales Bay State Park
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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