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:  9​h 45​min
Boston
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

2
days
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Granary Burying Ground and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Hills Reservation, hike along Blue Hills Trailside Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Trinity Church.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Boston trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Boston is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Boston. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Milton
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Blue Hills Reservation ©
Blue Hills Reservation
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gateway National Recreation and Times Square. Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New York City planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

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
American Museum of Natural History ©

3
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.
Washington National Cathedral and Tomb of the Unknowns will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip website .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Washington DC are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tomb of the Unknowns
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
days
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Chicago reach 26°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum
The Field Museum
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of SoMa, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Union Square, and take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planner .

Getting from Chicago to San Francisco by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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