12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Brooklyn
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Seattle
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Boston
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Brooklyn

— 2 nights

Borough of Trees

Though it may be less popular or touristy than its big brother Manhattan, Brooklyn boasts of one of the largest and hippest art districts in the United States.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brooklyn Navy Yard BLDG 92 and Bruce Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Brooklyn Art Library and 20th Century Cycles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brooklyn: Sands Point Preserve (in Port Washington), Washington Irving's Sunnyside House (in Irvington) and Sunnyside (in Tarrytown). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fort Greene, get lost in a book at Brooklyn Historical Society, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Other Half Brewing Company, and walk around Domino Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brooklyn route planning app.

Knoxville to Brooklyn is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Knoxville in April: highs in Brooklyn hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Brooklyn

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Helix Park, learn about all things military at Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, take in the history at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, then examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, and finally see the interesting displays at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, examine the collection at Mission San Luis Rey, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Mission Beach Boardwalk, and finally have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Brooklyn to San Diego in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brooklyn to San Diego. Traveling from Brooklyn in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Imagine Children's Museum, examine the collection at Schack Art Center, brush up on your military savvy at Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Seattle Japanese Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Elliott Bay Waterfront, and finally wander the streets of Queen Anne Hill. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint James Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kubota Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Living Computers: Museum + Labs.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seattle holiday planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Seattle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Seattle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Boston

— 2 nights

Beantown

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buckman Tavern and Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. You'll explore and learn at Hancock-Clarke House and Munroe Tavern. When in Boston, make a side trip to see Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, approximately Concord away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old South Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Covenant, contemplate the long history of Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes and Gill, and get to know the fascinating history of HarborWalk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Boston trip planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Boston in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Seattle to Boston, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Ragnarok Axe Throwing, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Mexican Art, steep yourself in history at Glessner House, then examine the collection at Oriental Institute Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chicago online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Boston to Chicago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.