18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

London
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h
London

3
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, make a trip to Grand central terminal, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

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London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New York City is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in New York City at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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.
On the 25th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and then admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, then ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, and finally see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

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Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
The White House ©
The White House

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and stroll through Golden Gate Park.

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Getting from Washington DC to San Francisco by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

2
days
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tioga Pass and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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 5th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Rim Trail, cruise along East Rim Drive, and get great views at Powell Point.

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Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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