15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
6
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 20th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Grandview Point, trek along Rim Trail, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder site .

Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In May, Grand Canyon National Park is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 68°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

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 24th (Fri): examine the collection at de Young Museum, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium and then make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect little chillier with lows of 34°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and explore and take pictures at The High Line.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to New York City by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in New York City dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
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 1st (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Washington DC journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Washington DC are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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