26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

New York City
New York City
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Chicago
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Los Angeles

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jersey Boys as well as The Museum of Modern Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gateway National Recreation and Amazing Olive. You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Quogue to see Quogue Wildlife Refuge about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, stroll through Central Park, and explore the world behind art at Frick Collection.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the New York City tour app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In July in New York City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Amazing Olive, Gateway National Recreation, Quogue Wildlife Refuge
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

2
days
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm, and then take a stroll through Amish Country.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Philadelphia itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toWashington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Strasburg, Lapp Valley Farm, Amish Country
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Choo Choo Barn ©
Choo Choo Barn

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Air and Space Museum and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Antietam National Battlefield and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to Breezy Point Beach and Campground in Chesapeake Beach--about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip website .

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In July in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Breezy Point Beach and Campground, Old Town
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town

7
days
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Get some cultural insight at The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Riverwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Grand Mere State Park (in Stevensville), Starved Rock State Park (in Utica) and Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, hike along Geneva Lake Shore Path, and stroll through Rosewood Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In July, Chicago is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Rosewood Beach, Geneva Lake Shore Path, Silver Beach County Park, Starved Rock State Park
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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Tomales Bay State Park. Take a break from the city and head to San Gregorio State Beach and Limantour Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Santa Rosa to see Safari West about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Getting from Chicago to San Francisco by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Safari West, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Limantour Beach, Tomales Bay State Park
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Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Third Street Promenade or Camarillo Premium Outlets. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa Monica Mountains and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Crystal Cove, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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