14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Washington DC
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly
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New York City
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Asilomar State Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip app.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

Before you visit Grand Canyon National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Washington DC

— 2 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Explore hidden gems such as Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Portrait Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, stroll through National Mall, get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: highs in Washington DC hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Met Cloisters and 9/11 Memorial are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and pause for some photo ops at The Oculus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the New York City holiday planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.