18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
2
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Washington DC
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Chennai

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip planner .

Chennai, India to Seattle is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in October; daily highs in Seattle reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Seattle

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas attractions planning tool .

You can fly from Seattle to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Nature, #Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

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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 18th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and hike along Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to 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 take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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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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.
On the 20th (Sat), make a trip to Yosemite Village, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Golden Gate Park, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Butte Overlook and then explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from San Francisco in October, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 9°C and lows about -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Washington DC in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. In October, Washington DC is warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

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

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nights
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, get great views at Top of the Rock, examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, and don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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