13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
train:  30​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

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.
9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Times Square, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, go for a walk through Central Park, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner .

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

1
night
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 23rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art and then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC online visit planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, trek along Artist Point, and then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellowstone National Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are cooler (38°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): take a stroll through Union Square, then take a stroll through SoMa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary maker .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for much hotter nights in San Francisco, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, trek along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
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 31st (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect much warmer with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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