14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Seattle
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Colorado Springs
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Custer
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Chicago
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip builder app.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco planner.

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 85°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Custer trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Custer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in September: high temperatures in Custer hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, make a trip to Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and then don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip tool.

You can fly from Custer to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Custer in September, expect Chicago to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.