12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 3 nights
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
3
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ground Zero Museum Workshop and New York Public Library. Let the collections at 9/11 Memorial and Tenement Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take a stroll through Times Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New York City visit planner.

In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Brooklyn
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Postal Museum, explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building, then take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans 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 examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

1
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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 22nd (Sat), Head underground at Mammoth Cave Campground, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cedar Sink Trail, then hike along Tall Man's Misery, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park travel planner.

Fly from Washington DC to Mammoth Cave National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mammoth Cave National Park, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave Campground
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Tall Man's Misery ©
Tall Man's Misery

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nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Faithful and Lone Star Geyser. Bring the kids along to Midway Geyser Basin and Firehole Lake Drive. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids, and take a peaceful walk through Petrified Tree.

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Traveling by flight from Mammoth Cave National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Lone Star Geyser ©
Lone Star Geyser

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