12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner
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Washington DC
— 1 night
New York City
— 3 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights


Washington DC — 1 night

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 (Sat), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of American History, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC travel route planner.

Los Angeles to Washington DC is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Washington DC is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

New York City — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore and take pictures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stroll around The High Line, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New York City: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Yellowstone National Park.
Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Yellowstone National Park — 4 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, explore the activities along Morning Glory Pool, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn.

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Traveling by flight from New York City to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder app.

Fly from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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 5th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Valley View, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Half Dome.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Nature · Parks

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.