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
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  35​h
5
Syracuse
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 1 day
End: New York City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Sat), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip website .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then shop like a local with The Strip. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas holiday planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 9 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in a show at Hopi House, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally stop by Canyon Village Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hopi House ©
Hopi House

1
night
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Erie Canal Museum, make a trip to Clinton Square, then steep yourself in history at Onondaga Lake Park, and finally shop like a local with Destiny USA.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Syracuse itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Syracuse takes 35 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Syracuse, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Syracuse

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Onondaga Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Destiny USA ©
Destiny USA
Onondaga Lake Park ©
Onondaga Lake Park
Erie Canal Museum ©
Erie Canal Museum

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): shop like a local with Fifth Avenue and then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read New York City trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Syracuse to New York City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, New York City is a bit warmer than Syracuse - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

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