12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train:  1​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

3
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, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City trip builder .

Philadelphia to New York City is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

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

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, trek along Artist Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Washburn.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. In September, Yellowstone National Park is colder than New York City - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
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 29th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, walk around Golden Gate Park, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite 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

4
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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