12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  10​h
4
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
day
San Diego

San Diego ©
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 31st (Fri): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 78°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as well as Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Prismatic Spring and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Firehole Canyon Drive, Old Faithful, & more). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from San Francisco to West Yellowstone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in West Yellowstone: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Shopping Girlfriend NYC. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Bayard Cutting Arboretum (in Great River) and Fire Island National Seashore (in Patchogue). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Times Square and tour the water at your own pace with Narwhal Yacht Charters.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City travel planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from West Yellowstone to New York City in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, expect nights in New York City to be much warmer, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in New York City

Tours Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Fire Island National Seashore
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

2
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at First Landing State Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, then browse the different shops at Greenbrier Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Thoroughgood House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Virginia Beach and then get curious at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from New York City to Virginia Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Greenbrier Mall
Highlights from your plan
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
First Landing State Park ©
First Landing State Park
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach

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