12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
New York City
— 4 nights


Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site.

Washington to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Beaches · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks


— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at The Art Institute of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Pleasant Home. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Chicago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Chicago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Chicago reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel for their historical value. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Times Square, walk around Central Park, make a trip to Empire State Building, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip website.

You can fly from Chicago to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to New York City is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in New York City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

United States travel guide

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.