12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Boston
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h
6
New York City
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art and then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC route builder tool .

Philadelphia to Washington DC is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

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

2
nights
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 11th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally try to win big at Paris Las Vegas. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 93°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 85°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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nights
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 15th (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 your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Boston.

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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night
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, then admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, and then walk around Rose Kennedy Greenway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get advice or help at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, and finally browse the collection at Boston Public Library.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Boston trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Boston by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Boston due to the time zone difference. September in Boston sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden
Mount Auburn Cemetery ©
Mount Auburn Cemetery

2
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.
On the 19th (Thu), appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, then wander the streets of Times Square, and then explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New York City online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Boston to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

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

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