12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
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
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + Foot:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New York City road trip planning site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. August in New York City sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough 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
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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 23rd (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are colder (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Sun), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

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. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, San Francisco is much hotter at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): trek along Tuolumne Meadows, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 101°F, while lows dip to 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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